Eagles Soar Past Chants, 8-6
CONWAY - Shannon Gallagher notched a hat-trick and added an assist and Logan McCarthy scored two goals in Winthrop's 8-6 victory over Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium Wednesday evening.
Kristen Shriver, Allie Yeager and Danielle Ellis added a goal apiece for the Eagles, who remain undefeated in Big South play.
Winthrop (16-2) survived an early scare, bouncing back from a 4-3 halftime deficit to maintain its unblemished conference record.
With the loss, the Chants slipped to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in Big South action. In the all-time series, Winthrop has rattled off five-straight wins over Coastal, a mark dating back to the Chants' inaugural season in 2013.
The opening half was a well-contested, back-and-forth battle, with Coastal jumping out to a 3-1 lead on goals from Sophie Crowther, Charlotte O'Leary and Haley Alexander. Gallagher netted two scores for the Eagles in the opening frame, but O'Leary found the back of the net with 1:03 before the half to send the Chants into the midway mark with a 4-3 advantage.
Winthrop went on a tear after action resumed, rattling off three unanswered goals to take 6-4 lead with 17 minutes remaining.
Coastal was able to draw even, as Courtney Genovese and Maggie Carr scored back-to-back goals in the waning minutes of the second half. Gallagher's third goal proved to be the game-winner, as she found the back of the net on a free-position shot.
Yeager tacked on a goal with 2:18 left on the clock, putting the Eagles ahead 8-6. O'Leary had a team-high two goals for the Chants. Alexander, Carr and Crowther were also key contributors on offense for CCU, adding a goal and an assist each.
Defensively, Coastal was led by Maddy Ciardi, who caused a turnover and scooped three ground balls. Karley Barreno was also solid on defense, winning a draw control, causing a turnover and scooping a ground ball.
In net, Coastal junior Jenna Stover had a game-high 10 saves, while Alaina Girani tallied seven saves for Winthrop.
The Eagles had the advantage with 28 ground balls to 15, and Winthrop outshot the Chants, 32-17. Coastal's next game is April 23 at 12 p.m. at Radford.