Oct. 19, 2013
CONWAY - Scoring three first-half goals for the second straight game, the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team cruised to another convincing Big South Conference victory Saturday afternoon, shutting out UNC Asheville 5-0 at CCU Soccer Field.
Morgan Smith netted a pair of goals, while Kacey Kelley and Fia Jonsson each scored one for the Chanticleers as won for the third time in four games to move to 8-7-1 on the season and 5-3 in the conference. Asheville dropped to 5-9-2 overall and 1-5-2 in league play.
Controlling play from the start, the Chants outshot Asheville 22-8 in the game, the fourth time in seven contests that they recorded at least 20 shots.
After just missing on connecting with some throughballs early, Brianna Panico and Kelley hooked up for one to get CCU on the board in the 18th minute. Panico sent a pass ahead that took a high bounce into the 18-yard box and Kelley got her right foot up high to put over leaping Asheville keeper Heather Muller.
The Chanticleers made it 2-0 less than four minutes later as another run by Kelley set up Smith's first goal. Muller came out to beat Kelley to the ball near the right corner of the box, but it squirted loose to the outside where Smith was there and she quickly fired a shot in the open goal.
Smith then scored again with just 1:17 left in the half for the three-goal lead. Taylor Valentine sent a throughball from the Coastal defensive side up the middle to spring Smith for a breakaway. Smith took a couple of dribbles into the box where Muller again came out to try to stop the play. The keeper got her hands on it, but couldn't cover it and Smith poked it away and again found the empty net for her third goal of the season.
Maddie Phillips, Kelley and Jonsson then combined on a well-executed play to make it 4-0 in the 52nd minute. Phillips fed Kelley with a pass to the left side of the box and Kelley quickly crossed it toward the right post for a streaking Jonsson, who easily one-touched into the open right side. It was the team-leading fourth assists for both Phillips and Kelley.
The Chants' final score of the game came in the 62nd minute on an own goal. Mikayla Williams received a short corner kick near the right corner of the box and put a shot toward the left post where an Asheville defender attempting to clear it away instead kicked it into the net.
Austin then preserved the shutout with her only save, making a nice stop on a shot from right in front in the 78th minute. Spencer recorded three saves before Austin came on in the 57th minute.
Coastal upped its goal total for the season to 34 and has now posted all five of its conference victories by at least three-goal margins. The Chants finished the game with an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal and a 6-0 lead in corner kicks.
The Chanticleers, who entered the game in fifth place in the Big South, are back in action at CCU Soccer Field on Wednesday, October 23 for an important matchup against first-place Radford at 4 p.m.