Nov. 5, 2009
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The fourth-seeded Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (7-11-3) tied fifth-seeded VMI (7-10-2) 1-1, but fell in penalty kicks to the Keydets 5-3 in game one of the 2009 Big South Women’s Soccer Championships presented by Musco Sports Lighting at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. VMI advances to the semifinals on Friday afternoon, facing the Winthrop-Liberty winner.
VMI’s Chrissy Beach scored the Keydets first goal as her cross bent into the right corner at 6:25. It was Beach’s fifth goal of the season. Coastal held most of the possession in the first half, but could not equalize the match. The Chanticleers held a 9-7 shot advantage, including 5-1 on shots-on-goal. VMI’s Angela Redmond had five saves for the Keydets in the first 45 minutes.
Coastal Carolina evened the game up in the 48th minute. Senior Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) took a free kick from 25 yards out. A VMI defender tried to head the ball away, but it went backwards and into the net for an own goal. Coastal almost took a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute as freshman Cami Skladany (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) shot hit the post. The Chanticleers had a chance in the 85th minute as Redmond was out of the goal, but Hellberg’s shot from 15 yards out was wide right. Coastal had a 10-4 shot advantage in the second half as the Chants played their fourth overtime game of the season.
Senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) had a great chance to end it in the first overtime as her shot from the top of the box was just wide left in the 99th minute. Then with one minute remaining, senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) was one-on-one with the keeper, but her shot was just high of the goal. Coastal Carolina outshot VMI 7-1 in the second overtime, but did not score, sending the game into penalty kicks.
Both teams were perfect on their first two attempts, but Redmond saved Coastal’s third opportunity. VMI was a perfect 5-of-5 on the kicks, advancing to the semifinal round.
The Chanticleers outshot VMI 33-12 in the game, including 14-1 in the overtimes. Junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) had a game-high eight shots. For VMI, Beach had five shots. Coastal Carolina also had a 7-1 corner-kick advantage.
Redmond ended the game with 10 saves, while Haggard stopped a shot.
The Chanticleers end its season that saw two players (Gentile and Tupy) make the All-Big South First Team. Coastal Carolina also had five shutouts in Big South play and rallied to earn the fourth spot in the Big South Tournament.