Coastal draws No. 3 Marshall


Photo by Jaylin Hickman

Sophomore forward Noe Santos hustles to the ball in the first half.

The men’s soccer hosted No. 3 Marshall at home, hoping to make a strong statement against another ranked opponent, but ended the match with a stunning final score of 0-0.

In their last matchup, Coastal fell to the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a final score of 6-1.

Coastal’s goalie Joey Batrouni played a great game and earned his first save of the night in the fifth minute. Batrouni continued his elite level of play, recording his second save in the twentieth minute.

There was no shortage of fouls in the first half, with both teams playing an extremely physical level of soccer much to the delight of the fans. A total of nine fouls were committed in the first half, with no cards given to either team. Marshall’s offense dominated the first half, with five shots on goal to Coastal’s zero score.

The high volume of offense from Marshall never allowed Coastal’s offense to get a strong base in the first half. The second half saw Marshall’s high-pressure offense while they were attacking Coastal’s defense, with a number of shots that turned into goals. Batrouni earned two more saves in the fifty-third and fifty-fifth minutes.

There was no decline in physicality as the match ended with a final total of 17 fouls and four cards between the two squads. Coastal’s offense came to life later in the second half. He generated three shots, two of which were on route for goal.

Coastal’s offense was off Marshall with three shots for CCU and 16 shots for Marshall, ending with a final score of 0-0.