Coastal Carolina Picks Up First ASUN Tournament Victory
Jacksonville, Fla. - The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defense set the tone in their first semifinal game with the Mercer Bears, Friday afternoon, in Jacksonville. The Chants pick up the 14-8 victory.
The defense helped by creating 11 turnovers in the first half and ASUN First Team All-Conference goalkeeper Harley Barrett made five saves and only allowed two goals in the first half. On offense Coastal picked up four goals by four different players, Keri White (22:24), ASUN First Team All-Conference midfielder Sophie Crowther (18:02), Haley Alexander (14:54) and Maggie Carr (6:10) for the 4-2 halftime lead.
The offense came alive in the second half with CCU getting 10 goals in the period. White (5 goals on the day) got the offense started scoring with 57 seconds elapsing from the play clock to increase the Chants lead 5-2. Alexander, the second of a hat trick, pushed the lead to 6-2 finding the back of the net off the Carr (1 goal, 6 assists) assist.
The Bears cut the lead in half on Meghan Segreti's third goal of the day to trail 6-3.
Madeline Bromley (1 goal, 3 assists) answered back to push the lead back to four with the unassisted goal.
Mercer's Segreti got some help on the offensive end when Erica Coyne got her first goal of the day to trail 7-4.
The Bears Coyne responds to make it 9-5 with 17:56 left in regulation.
Alexander filled the back of the net on the feed from Carr for the 10-5 lead.
Mercer got back to back goals for the first time on the day when Kate Leone scored at 16:29 and 13:42.
White (12:34, 7:58, 7:25) and Crowther (11:51) closed out the scoring for the Chanticleers while the Bears Lindsey Zeltwanger (10:10) got the final tally for Mercer and final score of 14-8.
Coastal Carolina improved their overall record to 13-5 and the Bears fall to 13-6, Mercer's season will come to an end.
The Chanticleers will return to action in the finals of the ASUN Championship on Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m., against the winner of Furman and Jacksonville.