In just her third game in a Coastal uniform, freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) had a hat trick in helping the Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (2-1) to a 3-1 win over Chattanooga (1-3) Sept. 4 in game four of the 2005 Big South Challenge at the CCU Soccer Field.
Chattanooga oushot the Lady Chanticleers 13-5, but the two teams were deadlocked at one after 45 minutes. Coastal led 1-0 at 38:14 when Monroe received a cross from senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) in the box and beat Chattanooga goalkeeper Stacy Matthiessen. The lead would not last for long as the Lady Mocs Maya Peel scored on an 18-yard shot at 40:41 to tie the game at one. It was Peels second goal of the tournament.
Junior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had four big saves in the first half for Coastal and Matthiessen had one stop in the first frame for Chattanooga. The Lady Mocs put the pressure on Coastals defense, attempting seven corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
The game was tied until Monroes second goal, also from Parsons, at 78:23 beat Matthiessen high. The Lady Chants added insurance six minutes later when Monroe controlled a Lady Mocs turnover and beat the goalie on a breakaway.
In the second half, Coastal oushot Chattanooga 7-4 and had a 2-1 corner-kick advantage. Stoll ended the game with four saves, picking up her second win of the season, while Matthiessen stopped three CCU shots.
Monroe had Coastals first hat trick since Oct. 2, 2004 when Parsons scored three goals against VMI in a 5-0 win.
Coastal now is 2-0 against Southern Conference teams in 2005. It had defeated Elon 1-0 Aug. 26.
In the days other game, Army scored a goal in each half to defeat Charleston Southern 2-0. Army went 2-0 in the tournament and improved to 4-1 on the season.
Coastal ends its four-game homestand Tuesday, Sept. 6, against The Citadel. Game time is at 7 p.m.