Oct. 5, 2013
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Trailing by three goals in the second half, the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team scored twice and nearly came all the way back before falling to host High Point 3-2 Saturday evening in Big South Conference play.
The loss dropped the Chanticleers to 5-6-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while defending regular-season champion High Point improved to 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Kelsey Perrell and Kelli Jolene scored in the 10th and 26th minutes for the Panthers and Jacky Kessler added what turned out to be the decisive goal in 61st minute on a 30-yard shot.
Following Kessler's goal, Coastal dominated play the rest of the way, spurred on Adams' second goal of the season that came with an assist by goalkeeper Megan Spencer. Spencer booted a long punt that took a big bounce on the artificial turf at Vert Stadium into the Chants' offensive third. Adams controlled it and chipped a shot from the top of the box over goalkeeper Jesse May into the right corner.
Kelley then made it just a one-goal deficit with a blast from the top of the 18-yard box. Sam Patterson set up Kelley with a centering pass from the right side and the junior forward one-timed a high shot into the left corner for her first of the season and 12th of her career.
The Chants kept the pressure and had three good chances at the equalizer. In the 75th minute, Camille Christie's free kick from 40 yards out hit the crossbar. Just a couple of minutes later, Christie put another free kick on net. This time, May leaped and made the stop, but couldn't hold on and Adams put the rebound home. However, the play was negated by a CCU foul.
With less three minutes to play, Alyssa Clark made a move past a Panther defender and fed a pass to Mikayla Williams right in front, but Williams was unable to get solid contact on the ball, allowing May to make the routine save and preserve the lead.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities in a wide-open first 30 minutes and the Panthers converted on two of theirs, both in transition. Becca Hemby set up Perrell's goal with a throughball over the defense to the right of the six-yard box and Perrell one-touched a shot into the left corner.
The Chanticleers tried to counter and had several chances in the subsequent 15 minutes, but were not able to capitalize. In the 22nd minute, Fia Jonsson got a good look right in front after a deflection off a Coastal corner kick, but her point-blank attempt went high. Two minutes later, Ellie Taylor made a run up the left side and her low shot from the top corner of the 18-yard box had May beaten, but the ball rolled just wide of the right post.
Jolene then struck just over a minute later and instead of a 1-1 tie, it was a 2-0 lead for the Panthers. Jolene corralled the ball up the middle 25 yards out, made a move past a Coastal defender inside the box to set up a breakaway and finished the play with a shot into the right side.
High Point finished the game with a 15-9 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in attempts on goal. Coastal won the corner kick battle 4-3.
Spencer and freshman Becca Austincombined to make three saves for the Chants. Austin played the final 26 minutes and recorded two stops.
Coastal will hit the road again on Wednesday, Oct. 9 as it travels to Presbyterian to face the Blue Hose at 7 p.m.