Hill's Hat-trick Leads CCU Women's Soccer Past Louisiana-Monroe, 4-0
Boone, N.C. - Despite this weekend's events being moved due to threatening weather associated with Hurricane Matthew, the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team entered the Friday's match undaunted as freshman Montanna Hill recorded a hat-trick to lead the Chanticleers to a 4-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The match was moved to at Appalachian State's Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex in Boone, N.C., the site of Sunday's Coastal Carolina-Little Rock contest.
With the win, Coastal Carolina improved to 8-4-1, 5-1 in the Sun Belt, while Louisiana-Monroe fell to a 6-7-1 (3-3).
Hill finished the game with three shots on goal, netting all three for the hat-trick in just under 12 minutes of action. The last Chanticleer to score a hat-trick was Kayla Christian, who netted three last year versus UAB. Christian also scored Coastal's first goal Friday to account for CCU's other tally.
The match started slowly for both sides with each team recording only one shot apiece throughout the first 14 minutes.
In the 15th minute, Christian gave the Chanticleer offense the spark it needed as the forward volleyed one home for the 1-0 lead. Daniella Famili drove the ball down the left flank to cross the ball toward the back post to a waiting Christian, who placed it in the net with ease.
Continuing to press the Warhawks back line, Coastal generated three back-to-back scoring opportunities but all went just wide of the goal frame.
Within 31 seconds of being substituted into the match, Hill recorded her first goal in the 34th minute. The Chanticleers earned a corner kick with Brook Horist on the ball. Horist sent the ball into the box to find the head of Hill, who directed it on frame.
The Chanticleers took advantage of another corner kick opportunity just three minutes later. Senior Ellie Taylor lined up on the ball to send it into the mix. Hill powered herself over the crowd to make the score 3-0 in the 37th minute.
Hill completed her trio of goals in the 42nd minute for the 4-0 lead. Heston Neal gained control of the ball in the middle of the pitch then sent a cross into the box. Kylie Bostick first controlled it with her chest to set up Hill, who netted it with confidence.
The Chanticleers held firm to its 4-0 lead throughout the second half allowing only three shot attempts. None of which were threatening.
The Chanticleers return to the pitch Sunday at noon versus Little Rock (Arkansas). The match will also be play in Boone, N.C. at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
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