The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (0-1) gets back on the pitch for three games this week after an unexpected day off due to Tropical Storm Gaston. The Lady Chanticleers host Western Carolina University Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 4 p.m., in Conway, S.C. Coastal then travels to Charleston, S.C., to play in the Charleston Southern Tournament, facing the University of Maine Friday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m., and Campbell University Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
SCOUTING WESTERN CAROLINA: The Catamounts (1-0) opened the 2004 season with a 1-0 win over Gardner-Webb Aug. 27. Western scored in the 27th minute on an unassisted goal from Stephanie Svoboda that turned out to be the game winner. Goalkeeper Alesha Row made one save in the win. WCU was picked to finish sixth in the Southern Conference in the preseason poll.
Western Carolina leads the season series with Coastal 3-1, including a 1-0 victory over the Lady Chants in 2003. Svoboda scored in the 68th minute for the win.
SCOUTING MAINE: The Black Bears (2-0) jumped out to two wins in their first week, defeating Sacred Heart 1-0 and Providence 5-0 at the Black Bear Invitational. Freshman Marie-Andree Canuel scored four goals in the win over the Friars while Heather Hathorn added two goals over the weekend. Maine is picked to finish second in the America East Conference.
This will be the first meeting between Coastal and Maine.
SCOUTING CAMPBELL: The Camels (0-0-1) opened 2004 with a 1-1 draw against North Carolina State Aug. 27. Cadian Lawrence scored for Campbell in the 20th minute with assists from Mary Nitz and Danielle Mandela. Goalkeeper Erin Switalski stopped nine Wolfpack shots in the tie. The Camels were picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Campbell leads the season series 2-0. The last time the two teams met, Campbell defeated Coastal 4-0 in 2001.
COASTAL-NC STATE GAME POSTPONED DUE TO GASTON: Coastal Carolinas womens soccer match with North Carolina State, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday,
August 29th, was postponed due to the weather of Tropical Storm Gaston in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area. A makeup date for the contest has not been set.
SIMONE SETS TONE: Sophomore Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) scored Coastals first goal of the season off a corner kick in Coastals 2-1 loss to Wofford Aug. 27. Borucinski, who was a 2003 All-Big South Second Team member, netted her third career goal on the play.
CCU PICKED AS BIG SOUTH FAVORITE: The Coastal Carolina womens soccer team was picked as the favorite in the 2004 Big South Conference Pre-Season Poll, the conference office announced today (Aug. 17). The Lady Chants received 143 points overall, including five first-place votes. The 2003 squad, in Coastals fourth season of womens soccer, went 10-9-2, earning the most single-season wins in program history. The Lady Chants also made their mark by tying for the regular season conference title for the first time.
Coastal was picked no lower than third in 17 of the 18 ballots eclipsed Liberty University, who had seven first-place votes, but only 129 total points. Coastal and Liberty tied for the Big South regular-season troplhy last season. Radford University was picked third with 122 points, including one first-place vote. The University of North Carolina at Asheville was selected fourth with one first-place vote and 107 total points. High Point University follows with two first-place votes and 91 points. Birmingham-Southern was selected sixth with 81 points. The poll was rounded out with Charleston Southern University (61 points, two first-place votes), Winthrop University (58) and Virginia Military Institute (28).
CHANTS BIG SOUTH CO-CHAMPS: Coastal Carolina captured the Big South regular season co-championship in 2003 when the Chants tied with Charleston Southern, 1-1. The Lady Chants won a share of its first-ever Big South regular season conference crown in only the programs fourth year of existence. The team final mark of 4-2-1 in the league is its best conference finish in program history.
BIG SOUTH HONORS CHANTS: Coastal Carolina was well represented at the Big South postseason awards, handed out before the 2003 Big South Tournament. Head Coach Karrie Miller was named the Big South Coach of the Year for the second time after guiding the Lady Chants to a co-championship in the regular season, including a 4-2-1 conference record. Candice Doten was named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and was on the Womens Soccer All-Academic Team. Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales), Doten and Marisa Kovacs were named to the All-Big South First Team while Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) was a Second Team selection.
PARSONS SETS SCORING RECORD IN 2003: Midfielder/forward Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) set new single-season records in three scoring categories in 2003. With her first goal against Birmingham-Southern Oct. 11, Parsons, one of three Coastal players on the All-Big South First Team, broke the single-season scoring record for Coastal with eight goals. She ended the season with 11 goals and her goals-per-game average was fifth in the Big South. She also broke the shot record this season with 86 shots and 46 shots on goal. Parsons broke the single-season points record with her 10th goal and 26th point of 2003. Parsons finished the season with 28 points, also fifth in the conference.
SOCCERBUZZ NAMED CHANT RECRUITING CLASS ONE OF SOUTHEASTS BEST: The Coastal Carolina University 2004 womens soccer recruiting class has been ranked 22nd in the Southeast Region by Soccerbuzz.com, the website announced recently.
The Coastal recruiting class includes midfielder/forward Kali Demmel (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge), midfielder Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork), midfielder Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley),
forward Morgan Tolan (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and defender Missy Winstead (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach).
This is the first time that the Lady Chants have had a recruiting class ranked by Soccerbuzz.com since the 2000 season, when they were grouped with Central Florida, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington as the Best of the Rest in the Southeast. Coastal also was the only team in the Big South that was ranked. The University of North Carolina topped the Southeast Region, while Texas A&M had the top class in the nation.
UP NEXT: Coastal travels to Wilmington, N.C., to face UNC Wilmington, Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., and then will participate in the UNCG/adidas Classic in Greensboro, N.C.