Aug. 24, 2009
The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (0-0) opens the 2009 season Aug. 28 and 30 at the Osprey Classic on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The Chanticleers will face Jacksonville (0-1) Friday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m., and face host North Florida (0-1) Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. This is the first and second of eight straight games away from Conway and the third straight season Coastal Carolina has opened up on the road.
SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE: The Dolphins fell in their season opener 7-0 to fifth-ranked Florida State Aug. 22. Jacksonville goalkeeper Alexa Rooney made six saves, while Liz Funk had two shots for the Dolphins. Jacksonville was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Sun Preseason poll, while midfielder Jessica Hurtado was named to the Preseason All-Conference team. Jacksonville returns five starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 9-9-2 overall and 6-4 in the A-Sun.
SERIES VS. JACKSONVILLE: The series between Coastal Carolina and Jacksonville is tied at one game apiece. The Dolphins defeated the Chanticleers 2-1 Sept. 9, 2007, in Jacksonville, Fla. Ashleigh Gunning scored the lone goal for the Chants with Britt Pecora making three saves for Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers defeated the Dolphins 3-2 Sept. 11, 2005 as Kristina Fisher broke a 2-2 deadlock with a goal at 82:44.
SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA: The Ospreys fell to Florida Tech 1-0 in their season opener Aug. 22. Elena Luzins led North Florida with two shots on goal. The Ospreys were picked to finish eighth in the Atlantic Sun Preseason poll. North Florida returns nine starters and 20 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 5-10-2 overall and 3-4-2 in the A-Sun.
SERIES VS. NORTH FLORIDA: Coastal Carolina defeated North Florida 2-1 in the two teams’ only career meeting Sept. 16, 2007 in Jacksonville, Fla. Blair Monroe scored the game-winning goal for the Chants while Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) had five saves in goal.
CHANTS vs. THE A-SUN: Coastal Carolina is 8-4-1 all-time against teams that are currently in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Coastal Carolina will face another A-Sun foe, USC Upstate, Sept. 21 in Spartanburg, S.C.
COASTAL CAROLINA IN SEASON OPENERS: Coastal Carolina is 3-5-1 all-time in season opener dating back to the 2000 season. Last year, the Chanticleer put up a valiant effort against UNC Greensboro, falling 3-2 in double overtime Aug. 22, 2008. Heather Haupt scored the second goal for the Chants. This will be the third straight season that the Chanticleer will open the season on the road.
ROAD TRIP: The Chanticleers will play their first eight games away from home this season, which includes tournaments in North Florida, Longwood and William and Mary. The Chants will open the home schedule Tuesday, Sept. 15 against The Citadel. Coastal Carolina has seven home games this season, compared to 13 away from home.
WHO’S BACK: Coastal Carolina returns six starters and 15 letterwinners to the 2009 squad. While the backfield loses Chelsea Terry to graduation, seniors Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College), Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) bring experience for the Chants defense. Junior goalkeepers Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) and Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) both saw playing time last season and return in 2009. Three of the four starters return in the midfield, as senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) and juniors Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) and Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) anchor the Chants in the middle.
CHANTS TO REPLACE SCORING LOAD: Coastal Carolina lost 72 percent of its scoring from last season, including the top three goal scorers in Ashleigh Gunning (11 goals), Blair Monroe (eight goals) and Emily McColl (six goals). Junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) is the Chants’ leading returning goal scorer with five. Senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) will start up top for Coastal Carolina. Gentile had three goals last season and was the nation’s leading scorer in junior college in 2007 for Herkimer Community College.
BACK-TO-BACK REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: Coastal Carolina earned an outright regular-season championship for the second straight year after tying High Point 2-2 on Nov. 1, 2008. Seniors Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored goals for the Chants in the tie, while sophomore Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) saved four shots in 110 minutes.
CHANTICLEERS PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish second in the 2009 Big South Preseason Poll, as voted by the League’s head women’s soccer coaches. The Chanticleers were just one point away from tying Radford University for the top spot. The Highlanders earned 86 points, including three first-place votes, to earn preseason favorite honors. The Chanticleers had 85 points and matched Radford with three first-place votes. Charleston Southern was picked to finish third, garnering 79 points and three first-place votes. High Point earned 69 points and was predicted to finish fourth. Liberty earned one first-place vote and had 56 points for fifth. Winthrop and VMI were picked to finish sixth and seventh with 55 and 42 points, respectively. They were followed by UNC Asheville (31 points), Gardner-Webb (27 points) and Presbyterian.
TUPY EARNS RUNNER-UP IN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTING: Junior midfielder Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) finished runner-up to Radford’s Lisa Lubke in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting. Tupy had five points and two first-place honors, tying VMI’s Audrey Falconi for second place. Lubke had 12 points and four first-place votes. Tupy scored five goals in 2008, including four game-winners. She had the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining in a win over Liberty and now has 12 career points after two seasons as a Chanticleer.
CHANTS RANKED IN TOP DRAWER SOCCER’S TOURNAMENT 64: Coastal Carolina is ranked 60th in Top Drawer Soccer’s National Tournament 64 ranking, the website announced recently. The Tournament 64 rankings are a running attempt to project the postseason college soccer tournament qualifiers, including every automatic conference berth. The University of Portland leads the poll, followed by North Carolina, Stanford, UCLA and Notre Dame.
CHANTS RETURN THREE ALL-BIG SOUTH PLAYERS: Coastal Carolina seniors Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) and junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) all return after being named to the 2008 All-Big South Second Team. The Chanticleers also return sophomore Marissa Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island), who was named to the Big South’s All-Freshman Team.
CHANTS ANNOUNCE CAPTAINS: Seniors Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College) Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) will be the Coastal Carolina women’s soccer captains this season. Coles played in nine games last season, but missed action from Sept. 24-Oct. 27 due to an injury. She had two assists on the season and has three assists in her two-year Chanticleer career. Hellberg was a 2008 All-Big South Second Team member, scoring a goal and adding three assists last season for Coastal Carolina. Hellberg has three career goals and five career assists in her three years for the Chants. McPartlan also was an All-Big South Second Team selection last year, as she had four assists at both the forward and backfield positions.
UP NEXT: Coastal Carolina continues its road trip Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Appalachian State. Game time is at 6 p.m., in Boone, N.C.