CHARLESTON, S.C. Goals by sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) just 1:08 apart in the first half propelled the Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (2-1) to a 2-1 win over Appalachian State (0-2) Sept. 2 in game one of the Big South/Southern Challenge Sept. 2 in Charleston, S.C.
Appalachian fired the first seven shots of the game, but senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) stopped four of those shots to preserve a scoreless tie. Junior Stepheney Gerhardt (Mohawk, N.Y./Ilion (Herkimer C.C.)) had Coastals best look at 32:17, but the shot went just wide. At 35:57, sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) passed to senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College), who crossed to McColl. The sophomore headed it past ASU goalie Emma White to give the Lady Chants a 1-0 lead. Just 1:08 later, Gunning headed a McColl pass past the goalie as the Lady Chants went to the break up 2-0.
Appalachian outshot Coastal 7-4 in the first half and had a 5-2 corner-kick advantage.
Coastal outshot the Mountaineers 6-5 in the second half, but ASU scored the periods only goal at 64:40. Jennifer MacNeill took a Casey Cleary pass on the left side and scored for her first goal of the season. Coastal kept the lead by allowing only one ASU shot after the goal.
For the game, the Mountaineers outshot Coastal 12-10 and had a 9-4 corner-kick advantage. McColl lead Coastal with three shots, while Gunning, junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden Colege (Cal State Fullerton)) and freshman Stacey Dillon (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) had two shots apiece.
Stoll ended the game with a season-high six saves, while ASUs White had three stops.
Coastal will face Wofford Monday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m., in game three of the Big South/Southern Challenge.