Chanticleers Coast Past Presbyterian, 17-4
CLINTON, S.C. - The Chants’ deep, well-rounded offense was on display Wednesday afternoon at Old Bailey Stadium, as nine different Coastal Carolina student-athletes found the back of the net in the team’s 17-4 win over Presbyterian.
Charlotte O’Leary (three goals, one assist) tallied a game-high four points, Haley Alexander notched a hat-trick and Sara Nolan scored three goals and won six draw controls, as Coastal earned its first win this season in Big South action.
Sophie Crowther, Maggie Carr, Nyra Constant, Jenny Thompson, Rachel Wagner and Kasey Griese also scored for the Chants, who snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 5-4 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
With the win, Coastal jumped to 4-0 all-time against Presbyterian. The Blue Hose have now dropped four in a row and slipped to 2-8 including 0-2 in Big South play.
After 12 scoreless minutes of action, Coastal found its rhythm offensively with four unanswered goals in the 11 minutes that followed, including two scores from Alexander and a goal apiece from Carr and O’Leary.
Presbyterian freshman attacker Cady Roberts cut Coastal’s lead to 4-2, as she scored back-to-back goals with less than four minutes left in the opening half. Nolan shifted the momentum back Coastal’s way as time wound down in the first, as she scored to send the Chants into the half with a 5-2 lead.
It didn’t take long for Coastal to strike after action resumed, as Nolan, Alexander, O’Leary and Crowther tallied five unanswered goals to put the Chants ahead by eight with 22 minutes left in regulation. Roberts and Claire Frase scored late for Presbyterian, but Thompson, Constant, Griese, Wagner and Nolan effectively iced it for Coastal with goals in the waning minutes of play.
In net, Jenna Stover and Harley Barrett combined for three saves for Coastal. Presbyterian’s Sophia Cuzzupe finished with two saves in the loss. The Chants had the advantage with 14 won draw controls to 10, and Coastal outshot Presbyterian, 27-13. The teams were tied 18-all in ground balls.
The Chants’ next two games are at home, as they host Liberty on April 2 at 1:00 p.m. and Campbell on April 6 at 7:00 p.m.