Aug. 24, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team is set to host its second tournament in the program's history as it welcomes College of Charleston and Western Michigan for a two-game event.
The opening match of the Coastal Carolina Soccer Classic will pit College of Charleston against Western Michigan Friday at 5 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Field. The Chanticleers will then take on Western Michigan Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Coastal (1-1) is coming off a very strong performance in its home opener, a 3-0 shutout of Francis Marion last Sunday. The Chants got goals from three different players and recorded assists on each of the tallies. Defensively, they limited Francis Marion to five shots and just one in the second half.
"Anytime you have success it's good for you," head coach Paul Hogan said. "Coaches believe in the process, but players believe in results. We've got to keep instilling in them that we've got to follow the process to get the results. But we didn't get our first win for a long time last year so it's good to get one earlier this season."
The tourney field was reduced to three teams when Delaware dropped out, but it should provide two competitive, high-quality matches. Both College of Charleston and Western Michigan reached the finals of their respective conference tournaments last season. The two squads each come in 0-1, having suffered narrow setbacks in their respective openers.
The Cougars dropped a 2-1 decision at home against Charlotte. Sophomore forward Sarah Cardamone, who had a team-high 11 assists last season, netted the goal. Charleston is also led by senior midfielder Sarah Schaidle, who had seven goals in 2011 and was a preseason all-conference selection this year.
Western Michigan, meanwhile, fell at 19th-ranked Illinois 1-0 despite holding a commanding 20-9 advantage in shots. The lone goal of the game came on a penalty kick. Senior forward Anina Cicerone, all-conference pick last year, is the Broncos' offensive leader. She scored nine goals and had three assists in 2011.
"Western Michigan's a very good squad," Hogan said. "They lost to an Illinois team that we rated very highly and from the stats it looked like they were the better team. They're a veteran team and well-coached."
The game against the Broncos will be the first-ever meeting between the schools and provides the Chants with another chance to test themselves and gauge their progress.
"Every game we play is an opportunity to get a result and to build on the process," Hogan said. "We watched film and saw things we weren't so good at against Kentucky and Francis Marion, but we saw some good things as well. Now we've got to build on those strengths and improve the weaknesses. If we do that then we'll be in a good position to keep on taking steps forward."
Fans can follow both games live on Gametracker at www.GoCCUSports.com.