Women's Soccer Continues Road Trip with Three Matches This Week
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s soccer team (0-1) continues its four-game roadtrip this week with three games on tap in five days.Coastal travels to Clemson, S.C., to face 19th-ranked Clemson (1-0) Wednesday, Sept. 5 at The Lady Chanticleers then will participate in the Kick Out Cancer Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., on the campus of JacksonvilleUniversity.Coastal faces Stetson (1-0) Friday, Sept. 7 at , and faces host Jacksonville (1-1) Sunday, Sept. 9 at Coastal is coming off a season-opening 3-2 overtime loss to Wofford on Labor Day.
SCOUTING CLEMSON:The Tigers opened its season with a 4-0 win over Liberty on Friday.Nuria Zufia scored the game-winning goal in the win over the Lady Flames, while Ashley Phillips had four saves in picking up her first shutout of the year.Clemson finished 11-8-5 last season and return nine starters from that team.
SERIES VS. CLEMSON:Clemson won the only game played between the two schools Sept. 28, 2003, 2-0 in Clemson, S.C.Jaclyn Stoll had six saves for the Lady Chants in the loss.
SCOUTING STETSON:After having its season opener against USF rained out on Friday, the Hatters opened the campaign with a 3-2 win over Presbyterian Sept. 2.Sarah Stock had two goals in the win, including the game-winner in the 61st minute to break a 2-2 tie.Andrea Garavaglia had four saves in the win for the Hatters.Stetson returns seven starters from last year’s 12-8-1 team.
SERIES VS. STETSON:Coastal defeated Stetson 1-0 in JacksonvilleSept. 10, 2005 as Blair Monroe (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./Little River) scored three minutes into the second half with assists from Kristina Fisher and Stepheney Gerhardt.
SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE:The Dolphins split the opening weekend, defeating Presbyterian 4-2 Aug. 31, while falling in double overtime to Indiana 4-3.Keri Zwikker had two goals in both games, including the game winner against Presbyterian.Zwikker was a First Team All-Atlantic Sun honoree last year.The Dolphins return 15 letterwinners from last year’s team.
SERIES VS. JACKSONVILLE:Coastal leads the series 1-0 after defeating the Dolphins 3-2 Sept. 11, 2005.Kristina Fisher had the game-winning goal with under eight minutes to play.Bobbie Parsons and Kristine Kingsbury added goals for the Lady Chants.
RANK AND FILE:Coastal’s match against Clemson on Wednesday is believed to be the first time the Lady Chanticleers have faced a ranked opponent.Clemson enters the NSCAA preseason poll at number 19, while the Tigers are 28th in the Soccerbuzz rankings.
GUNNING GETS TWO GOALS IN WOFFORD GAME:Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored two goals in a game for the third time in her Coastal career in a 3-2 loss to Wofford Sept. 3.Gunning connected on freshman Sara Niles’ (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) cross in the 49th minute and then flicked sophomore Maegen Hellberg’s (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) free kick in the 56th minute.Gunning now has 12 career goals at Coastal, which is sixth in school history.
CHANTS, TERRIERS LOVE EXTRA TIME:The last three matches between Coastal and Wofford all have gone into overtime.Coastal defeated Wofford 2-1 in double overtime in 2005 on Bobbie Parsons’ game winner.Last year, the two teams tied at 2-2 in Charleston, S.C.This year, Wofford scored just over two minutes into the first overtime for the 3-2 victory.
NEW NETMINDER FOR CCU:Freshman Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) started her first game in goal for Coastal, coming up with six saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Wofford Sept. 3.Pavlick becomes only the fourth goalkeeper to start a game for the Lady Chants in their seven-plus years as a program.
HUMPHRIES, McCOLL MAKE NEW ZEALAND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM:Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer senior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fullerton)) and redshirt junior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) both were selected to represent New Zealand in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the country’s football organization announced recently. Both players will leave for New Zealand Aug. 28 for training, while the team will depart for China Sept. 5.
McColl and Humphries both played for New Zealand in its two-game trip to the United States, which included a game against the United States National Team in Chicago. McColl and Humphries joins Ali Riley of Stanford as the three collegians on the New Zealand team.New Zealand is in Group D of the Women’s World Cup. The Kiwis will start by playing Brazil Sept. 12. They then have matches against Denmark Sept. 15 and host China Sept. 19. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals.
COASTAL PICKED THIRD IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL:The CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll as voted by the League’s Head Women’s Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, the conference announced today (Aug. 13). In addition, redshirt junior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) finished runner-up in the voting for the Big South Preseason Player of the Year.
Coastal received 98 points, including three first-place votes, to finish third in the balloting. Liberty was picked to win the conference, garnering 109 points and five first-place votes. Winthrop earned the second spot by one point, getting 99 points and a League-high six first-place votes. Coastal was followed by UNC Asheville (90 points, one first-place vote), High Point (59 points), Radford (57 points), Charleston Southern (45 points, one first-place vote) and VMI (19 points).McColl received three first-place votes and eight overall points to finish second in the Preseason Player of the Year voting. Winthrop’s Dimitra Poulos, the 2006 Big South Player of the Year, was named the Preseason Player of the Year with 11 first-place votes and 25 points.
CCU RETURNS TWO ALL-BIG SOUTH FIRST TEAM MEMBERS:Junior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) both earned First Team All-Big South honors in 2006 and both return to the Coastal lineup in 2007.Gunning tied for the lead in the Big South with 10 goals and had 22 points, which led the Lady Chants.Monoe scored eight goals and had 20 points for her second straight First Team selection.
TERRY, HELLBERG SOLIDIFYING THE BACK:Junior Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) returns after earning her second straight All-Big South Second Team honor.Terry has been the Lady Chants’ sweeper the past two seasons and has five career assists.Sophomore Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) is back after being named to the Big South All-Freshman Team.Hellberg started all 20 games last season and had an assists in the season opener against Wofford.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK:Coastal Carolina has 13 newcomers on this year’s squad, many of whom were in the signing class that Soccerbuzz.com called the best in the Big South.Freshmen Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin), Kelsey Havell (Arlington Hts., Ill./Buffalo Grove), Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison), Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and Colleen Schohl (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) all started the season opener for Coastal, while Tiana Tallant (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern), Lauren Kies (South Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony’s), Maggie Wilding (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette) and sophomore Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College) all played in the game against the Terriers.
COASTAL HAS OPTIONS AT KEEPER:After having two goalkeepers on the roster last season, Coastal will have the option of four keepers in 2007.Redshirt junior Britt Pecora (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Socastee (Presbyterian)) will play her first season at CCU after redshirting last year.She is joined by a trio of freshman - Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain), Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and Megan Preis (West Dundee, Ill./Jacobs).
UP NEXT:Coastal opens its home schedule Wednesday, Sept. 12 against The Citadel.Game time is at