SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (0-1) fell in its 2007 season opener at Wofford (2-0) 3-2 in overtime Sept. 3 in Spartanburg, S.C. Wofford tied the game with under nine minutes to go and scored the game winner 2:20 into overtime.
Wofford scored the game’s lone goal of the first half at 40:10 when Aubrey Thompson crossed to Monica Ploetzke, who fired from 15 yards out for the goal. Coastal had its best chance for a goal in the 33rd minute, but freshman Lauren Kies’ (South Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) shot from five yards out was blocked by a Terrier defender.
Wofford outshot Coastal 7-5 in the first half, led by Natalie Ferrara’s three shots. For Coastal, sophomore Stacey Dillon (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) had two shots, one on goal. Freshman Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) had one save in her first start at goalkeeper, while Terrier goalie Katie McChesney also had one save.
Coastal wasted no time to tie the game at one in the second half. At 48:23, freshman Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) sent a cross from the right side to senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)), who’s 10-yard shot beat McChesney inside the left post. It was Gunning’s 11th career goal at Coastal. Gunning would score under seven minutes later on a beautiful free kick from sophomore Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), giving Coastal a 2-1 lead. It was Gunning’s third multi-goal game in her Coastal career. Coastal would hold the one-goal advantage until the 81:03 mark when Pavlick challenged Whitney Steelman, who just beat her in the right post, tying the game at two. Ploetzke would score her second goal of the game 2:20 into overtime for the game-winner off an assist from Kendra Merchant.
Wofford outshot Coastal 17-11, while both teams had three corner kicks. Pavlick had six saves for the Lady Chants, while McChesney had three saves. Hellberg and Gunning had three shots apiece, while Natalie Ferrara led Wofford with five shots.
Coastal stays on the road Wednedsay, Sept. 5 at 19th-ranked Clemson. Game time is at 7 p.m.