LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Military Institute men’s soccer team fell at home Saturday afternoon at Patchin Field against the No. 15 Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers, who utilized five first half goals and another three in the second to down the Keydets 8-0.
The Chanticleers, who were tied for first place in the Big South Conference coming into Saturday’s game, put together a high-powered offense, which tallied five goals in the first 40 minutes of the game. Ricky Garbanzo and Tevin Skyers each had a hand in the first three goals. Garbanzo scored the first and third goals, getting each assist from Skyers, who scored the game’s second goal on an dish from Garbanzo.
Coastal Carolina (11-1-2, 6-0-0 BSC) got a final two goals in the first stanza from Robby Joe Daniels, who was assisted twice from Shawn McClaws. One of the nation’s top scorers, Ashton Bennett, scored the first two goals in the second half, getting help from Henrik Robstad and Nick May. Less than one minute after Bennett’s second goal, Jakub Stourac tallied the final marker of the day in the 69th minute. He was assisted by Matt Risher.
The Keydets (1-10-1, 0-5-1 BSC) nine saves from a pair of keepers, including seven from starter Daniel Kitchen, who played for 69 minutes before Alex Guerra came in to the game for the final 21 minutes. Guerra made two stops and did not allow a goal.
The Chanticleers, who advanced to the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament, out-shot VMI 25-6, splitting their attempts with 12 in the first half and another 13 in the second period. Coastal Carolina put 17 of those tries on goal, while not allowing VMI a shot on frame. VMI’s offensive efforts were handled by Kyle Farmer, who took four of VMI’s six total shots.
While no cards were issued during the game, Coastal Carolina was called for 14 fouls, including 10 in the second half. VMI was whistled just six times, with five coming in the first period.
VMI rounds out its three-game home stand on Tuesday when it takes on rival Liberty University. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. at Patchin Field.