CHARLESTON, S.C. - For the third time this season, the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout victory, the latest coming over The Citadel Friday afternoon at Washington Light Infantry Field in Charleston.
Senior Ashley Day, freshman Camille Christie and freshman Darbie Kelley each dished out one assist and junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer recorded her third shutout of the year as the Chants beat The Citadel (0-4) for the seventh time in eight meetings.
Kelley, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games, got the Chants on the board in the 50th minute. Attacking with the ball on the right wing, Day sent a centering pass to Kelley just inside the box. All alone against the Citadel goalkeeper, Kelley calmly booted a high shot into the left side of the net.
The duo nearly combined again later when Kelley made a strong run, taking the ball just behind midfield up the left side all the way to the end line before crossing it to Day for a shot that went high.
Just two minutes after that, Kelley made it 2-0 at the 70th-minute mark. A long shot by Christie forced a save and set up a corner kick. Christie then sent the corner to the close side of the box and Kelley headed it inside the near post for her third tally of the year.
The Chants capitalized on a corner kick again for their final goal in the 88th minute. Darbie Kelley put a high ball to the far corner of the penalty area where Johnson was there to head it in the near side and notch her second goal of the season.
Johnson's goal came on the last of Coastal's season-high 19 shots, 11 of them coming in the second half.
The Chanticleers also started the game strong, controlling possession for most of the first 20 minutes and recording six of the game's first seven shots. Their first good scoring chance came less than two minutes in when a header by Johnson off a pass by freshman midfielder Fia Jonsson went wide.
In the ninth minute, Christie hit the top of the crossbar with a free kick from 35 yards, a ball similar to the one she scored on in the previous game against against Wofford. Kacey Kelley also skimmed the crossbar later in the half with a left-footed shot from 20 yards after making a run up the left side and getting away from a defender.
The Citadel recorded several shots in the last 15 minutes of the half, but the Chants still held an 8-7 edge at halftime, which came after nearly an hour and half delay because of lightning with under five minutes on the clock.
Spencer made one save in the game as the Bulldogs took 15 shots, but put just one on goal.
The Chants play their final nonconference game of the season on Thursday, Sept. 13 when they host UNC Wilmington for a 6 p.m. game.