Coastal Secures 2-1 Win Over Winthrop in Thriller
ROCK HILL, S.C. - With the score tied and under 16 seconds remaining in regulation, freshman Heston Neal gave the Coastal Carolina womens soccer team the offensive spark it needed to secure the 2-1 victory over Winthrop, Friday evening.
With the win Coastal improves to 2-0-1 overall. The Chanticleers outshot the Eagles 17-10 -- with eight of the teams' shots on frame -- holding the clear advantage of possession throughout the match. Daniella Famili and Amber Adams each led the team with five shots apiece and two on frame.
The Chanticleers took command the 17th minute as Adams drove the ball down the left flank beating two defenders sending a cross towards the back post finding Kayla Christian. Christian, who one-touched it back to the six yard box, set up Famili to finish for the 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, Adams found herself with a step on her defender driving down the line looking for goal but hit the post. Following Coastals' counter-attack, senior Becca Austin was put in a 1v1 situation but handled it with ease as she scooped up the ball for the save.
Early in the second half, the Chants look to score early as Adams ignites the play sending a ball over the back line finding Christians feet. The sophomore forward took a small touch but her shot is blocked last second by her defender.
Play began to even out through the middle of the second half until the 76th minute, when Adams received a through ball between the defenders to go 1v1 with the Eagles goaltender but is blocked by a diving save.
The Eagles regained possession creating a counter-attack in its' final third. A cross from Samantha Prytulak on the right flank set up teammate Keeley Leising on the six-yard box to pass in it to level the match.
Coastal is fouled right outside the 18-yard box putting the Chants in good scoring position. Famili sets up for a low left corner shot but a diving save from the Eagles goaltender pushes it out for a corner.
With under a minute remain, Coastal able to get off a quick corner but is knocked out to Neals' feet. Neal take one touch then blasts it over the goalkeepers hands from the corner of the 18-yard box to give Coastal the win. This was Neals' first goal as a Chanticleers.
The Chanticleers will continue road play traveling to Durham, N.C. as they face No. 2 ranked Duke University, Sunday at 7 p.m. The game with be streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
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