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Women's Soccer Opens the 2005 Season This Week

       

Women's Soccer Opens the 2005 Season This Week

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This Week in Coastal Women’s Soccer

Coastal Carolina vs. Francis Marion (Exhibition)

Date: Monday, Aug. 22

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: CCU Soccer Field, Conway, S.C.

Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com

Coastal Carolina (0-0) vs. Elon (0-0)

Date: Friday, Aug. 26

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: CCU Soccer Field, Conway, S.C.

Series: Elon leads 3-1-1

Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com

The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (0-0) opens its regular season this week as well as playing its only exhibition of the 2005 season. The Lady Chanticleers host Francis Marion University Monday, August 22, at 7 p.m., at the CCU Soccer Field in an exhibition match. Coastal then hosts Elon University Friday, August 26, at 6 p.m., in CCU’s first regular-season game. The Lady Chants look to improve on a 7-11-2 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the Big South Conference.

SCOUTING FRANCIS MARION: Francis Marion is playing its first season in Division I in 2005. The Patriots lost to Charleston Southern 1-0 August 20 in their first exhibition tilt. The Patriots went 13-4 last season, including 7-1 in the Peach Belt Conference and welcome back 13 lettterwinners for its first season in Division I, including tri-captain Katie Riley, who scored 13 goals and added nine assists last season.

SCOUTING ELON: Elon is coming off a 5-12-1 record in 2004, including a 4-6-1 mark in the Southern Conference. The Phoenix return seven starters and 17 letterwinners to the squad, including Tina Longo, who scored four goals last year and had 15 points. The Phoenix have a new head coach in Chris Webb, who was an assistant at East Carolina for five years.

SERIES VS. ELON: Coastal is 1-3-1 all-time against the Phoenix, but the Chanticleers won the last meeting between the two teams, 2-0, Sept. 2, 2003. Coastal and Elon met four times when the Phoenix was a member of the Big South, including the semifinals of the 2001 Big South Tournament, which CCU lost in a shootout.

COASTAL IN SEASON OPENERS: Coastal Carolina is 1-3-1 in season openers dating back to the 2000 season. Coastal defeated South Carolina State 7-0 in the 2002 lidlifter. Last season, the Lady Chants fell to Wofford 2-1 in a downpour at the CCU Soccer Field.

COASTAL PICKED SIXTH IN BIG SOUTH POLL: The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the 2005 Big South Conference preseason women’s soccer poll, as voted by the League’s Head Women’s Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, announced Wednesday by the Big South office.

Birmingham-Southern was picked to win the Big South, receiving 12 first-place votes and 155 out of a possible 162 points. The Panthers won the Big South Tournament last November. UNC Asheville earned three first-place votes and was picked second with 130 points. Radford earned one first-place vote and 116 votes in earning the third slot. High Point was chosen fourth with 101 points and Liberty earned the fifth spot with one first-place vote and 93 total votes. Coastal earned 80 votes for the sixth slot, while Winthrop (57 votes), Charleston Southern (56 votes; one first-place vote) and VMI (22 votes) rounded out the conference projections.

PARSONS PICKED FOURTH IN BSC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Coastal senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) was picked fourth in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting, earning two first-place votes and six total points. UNC Asheville’s Emily Langill was named the Preseason Player of the Year after being the 2004 Player of the Year.

McCOLL COMPETES AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: Sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) represented New Zealand in the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. McColl started two matches in the Games, while the Kiwis finished in ninth place in the tournament.

WHO’S BACK: Coastal returns 10 of its top 12 point scorers to the 2005 squad, including eight starters and its top goalkeeper. Senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) had 10 goals last season, while sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) led the team with four assists. Sophomore Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork) and junior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) scored four and three goals, respectively. Junior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) returns with her 1.55 goals-against-average and .745 save percentage.

RETURN FROM INJURY: Senior Rachel Devine (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown), classmate Kristina Fisher (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove) and junior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) all are returning from injuries that caused them to miss a considerable amount of games in 2004. Devine missed eight games due to an ankle injury, Fisher missed seven games in midseason to a foot injury and Borucinski missed the last six games to a knee injury.

UP NEXT: Coastal hosts the Big South Challenge Sept. 2 and 4. The Lady Chants face Army Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and face Chattanooga Sunday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m.

CCU Women’s Soccer Information

For more information on the 2005 Coastal women’s soccer team, log onto www.GoCCUSports.com. For the 2005 Coastal Women’s Soccer Media Guide, go to the Media Center link on the Women’s Soccer page. On gamedays, live stats (for selected games) and information on both teams will be available by clicking onto the blue "G" on the upcoming schedule on both the front page and the women’s soccer page.