Aug. 28, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team defeated the College of Charleston 4-2 in a non-conference match Saturday night at Patriot's Point. The win is the first on the season for the Chanticleers (1-2-0) and first win for new head coach Tammy DeCesare with the Chants.
Coastal's offense placed a constant attack on the College of Charleston defense throughout the game; out shooting the Cougars 18 to 14, including a plus seven shots on goal margin.
The Chants had two early chances at a goal within a three minute stretch in the first half. The first came at the 34 minute mark as Kate Wilkinson made a nice move to avoid a defender at the top of the box before College of Charleston's goal keep, Cricket Wise, came out to smother the ball. The second opportunity came in the 34th minute as forward Alyssa Clark gathered in a loose ball in the box and took a shot that went just wide of the near post.
CofC got on the board first as Morgan Benz volleyed a ball, just out of the reach of the outstretched arms of Coast keep Jessica Barton, into the back of the net from 20 yards out in the first period. The Cougars scored their second goal on the night in the 27th minute off the foot of Maryam Buazza.
Coastal responded with their first goal of the young season at the 37:21 mark of the first half. Senior Anna Tupy found the back of the net after she collected a rebound in the box and fired it home for the unassisted goal.
Less than two minutes later, the Chants evened up the game at two a piece after forward Hannah Brown tallied her first collegiate goal. Brown, like Tupy, was able to score off a rebound gathered in the box from an Amanda Clark shot on goal.
The Chants took the lead for good during the 57th minute as sophomore forward Ashley Day punched in what would be the eventual game winner. Similar to the previous Chants goals of the contest, Day was able to find a loose ball in the goal box and made the most of the opportunity by squeezing the ball between the Charleston keeper's fingers and the far post.
Sara Niles added an insurance goal with 17 minutes to play in the contest. Following a corner kick, Niles fired a 30 yard cross into the box that went untouched until it hit the far post and bounced into the back of the net.
Sophomore keeper Jessica Barton faced 14 shots and recorded three saves on the night.
The Chanticleers will return to action on Wednesday, September 1 as they travel to Buies Creek N.C. to take on the Campbell Camels. Kickoff for the contest is set for 5 p.m.