Cosgrove's Late Goal Lifts Coastal Past Liberty
April 13, 2014
Lynchburg, Va. - Junior transfer Jen Cosgrove, playing in just her second game as a Chanticleer, led Coastal in scoring and notched the game-winning goal as the Chants took a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon over Big South rival Liberty.
With the win, Coastal improves to 4-10 overall with a 2-3 record in conference play. Liberty, meanwhile, drops to 2-12, 1-3.
Liberty netminder Kristen Masullo played an outstanding game, stopping 16 of Coastal's 23 shots on net, but Cosgrove managed to sneak in the deciding goal at 4:50 of the second half to give Coastal the final advantage. The Chanticleers finished the game outshooting Liberty 33-13.
Coastal also held the advantage in possession. Rachel Waldron once again led the Chants in draw controls as Coastal held a 9-6 edge in the center circle. Coastal recorded 21 ground balls and turned the ball over just 10 times while Liberty posted 15 ground balls and 19 turnovers.
Joining Cosgrove on the score sheet were Waldron, Charlotte O'Leary, Sara Nolan, Lily Yednock and Maggie Carr, each of whom contributed one goal. Keri White finished with a game-high three points from three assists.
Morgan Becker led the Flames' scoring effort with two goals. Michaela Rich, Kallie Britton, Jen Moyer and Nina Dunay each found the net once.
The first half ended with just two goals for each side. Coastal struck first on a free-position goal from O'Leary, which was quickly countered by a free-position goal from Moyer. Carr scored her second goal of the season for Coastal at 6:57 of the first half, and Becker ended the scoring in the opening period with her 20th of the year.
Coming out of the break Coastal received back-to-back goals from Waldron and Cosgrove to take a two-goal lead. The Chanticleers managed to protect that lead until the 10 minute mark of the second half when Rich notched an unassisted goal to tie the game at 5-5.
Yednock broke the tie with an unassisted goal at 6:47, her 10th of the season, to set up Cosgrove's eventual game-winner. Yednock's tally made her the seventh Chanticleer to reach double-digits in goals this season.
Liberty attempted a late comeback, but managed just one goal in the final two minutes.
Coastal goalie Jenna Stover made five saves, scooped one ground ball and saw her record improve to 3-4 as the freshman backstopped Coastal to its first-ever win against rival Liberty.
The Chanticleers close out their three-game road trip on Saturday when they travel to Rock Hill to take on Winthrop in a 6 p.m. game. The Chants then return home to close out the regular season with an April 25 meeting with Presbyterian at Brooks Stadium.