Chanticleers Fall at High Point, 16-8
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Coastal’s rollercoaster season continues. After opening the season 4-2 and then losing to No. 5 Louisville (11-1) last weekend, the Chants kicked off the conference portion of their schedule with a 16-8 loss to High Point at Vert Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Chants fell behind by seven early on, rallied to get within two by the midway mark, and then struggled to find their rhythm offensively in the second half.
Allie Foard scored a game-high five goals and Emily Meier tallied three goals and added four assists in the Panthers’ win. Kristina Renner, Samantha Herman and Brooke Stevens also scored two goals apiece for High Point, who improved to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
With the loss, the Chants slip to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in Big South action. Coastal is now 1-3 all-time against High Point.
The Panthers went on a 7-0 run in the first 20 minutes, with Foard finding the back of the net three times, Meier scoring twice, and Erica Perrotta and Stevens tallying a goal apiece in the early going.
Haley Alexander got Coastal on the board with 9:41 left in the first half, and Charlotte O’Leary scored less than a minute later on a free-position shot to pull the Chants within striking distance. O’Leary tacked on another goal with 6:40 remaining in the opening stanza to cut High Point’s lead to 7-3.
Coastal continued to push the pace, as Gabby Vujanic scored from long-range to get her team within three. As time wound down before halftime, High Point took an 8-4 lead on a goal from Herman. But Coastal scored twice in the final 2:18 of the opening half, as Madeline Bromley and Sara Nolan led the Chants’ rally.
After the break, Renner scored her first goal of the game and sixth of the season with 26:50 left in regulation to put High Point ahead 9-6. The senior midfielder scored again minutes later on a free-position shot.
As time wound down, Alexander and O’Leary both scored to pull Coastal back within three with 14:47 left on the clock. High Point then went on a 3-0 run to storm out to a 14-8 lead with less than nine minutes remaining. Meier effectively iced the win for High Point with a man-up goal in the final five minutes of regulation, as it gave the Panthers a seven-goal advantage.
O’Leary (three goals, one assist) finished with a team-high four points for Coastal, while Alexander (two goals, one assist) tallied three points. Nolan, Vujanic and Bromley finished with one goal apiece for the Chants.
In net, Jenna Stover notched seven saves for Coastal. High Point’s Molly Andrews finished with eight saves. The Panthers had the advantage with 30 ground balls to 21, and High Point outshot Coastal, 32-22. The teams were tied 12-all in draw controls.
Coastal’s road swing continues March 30 with a 5:00 p.m. conference game against Presbyterian. The Chants return home for a game against Liberty on April 2 at 1:00 p.m.