This Week in Coastal Womens Soccer
Coastal Carolina (2-1-1) at Elon (1-3)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Rudd Field, Elon, N.C.
Series: Elon leads 3-2-1
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
Coastal Carolina at Campbell (0-3)
Date: Monday, Sept. 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Eakes Athletic Complex, Buies Creek, N.C.
Series: Campbell leads 2-1
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (2-1-1) continues its month-long road trip with two games this week. The Lady Chanticleers travel to Elon, N.C., to face Elon University (1-3) Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. It will be the first night game at Rudd Field and is a change from the original schedule. Coastal then heads to Buies Creek, N.C., to face Campbell University (0-3) Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. The Lady Chanticleers are coming off winning the Big South/Southern Conference Challenge with a win over Appalahcian State and a tie to Wofford.
SCOUTING ELON: The Phoenix fell to North Carolina State 4-0 Sept. 3 in their last match. Elon opened the year with a 2-0 win over Campbell, but have lost three straight. Ashley Condon and Tina Longo scored goals in the win over the Camels. Lizz Johnson had 13 saves in three games for Elon.
SERIES VS. ELON: Elon leads the overall series 3-2-1 between the two teams. Last season, Coastal defeated Elon 1-0 in the season opener in Conway. Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork) scored in the 83rd minute for the games only goal. The last time the two teams met in Elon, Coastal won 2-0 Sept. 2, 2003. Bobbie Parsons and Mary Jo Hajek had goals in that win over the Phoenix.
SCOUTING CAMPBELL: The Fighting Camels are coming off a 2-0 loss to Longwood Sept. 4, to fall to 0-3 on the year. Samar Azem had six saves for Campbell in the loss. On the year, Azem has 16 saves in three games.
SERIES VS. CAMPBELL: Campbell leads the overall series with Coastal 2-1, but the Lady Chanticleers won the last outing 1-0 in Charleston, S.C. Leah Barrett scored in the 22nd minute, while Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had three saves in the win. The two teams met once in Buies Creek Oct. 31, 2001, with the Camels coming away with a 4-0 win.
COASTAL-CofC CONTEST CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Ernesto heading to the Carolinas, the Coastal Carolina womens soccer match against the College of Charleston set for Aug. 31 was cancelled. The game will not be made up. With the cancellation, Coastal will go 30 days between home games. CCU opened the home schedule Aug. 25 against West Georgia and will not play at home until Sept. 24 against Liberty.
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Womens Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced today (Aug. 29). Monroe earns Player of the Week honors for the third time in her career.
Monroe scored three goals in two games this past weekend as the Lady Chanticleers went 1-1 to start the season. She scored two goals in the second half in helping CCU to a 5-1 win in the season opener over West Georgia Aug. 25. She then scored Coastals lone goal in the first half of a 4-1 loss to George Mason Aug. 27. Monroe now has 20 goals in her young Coastal career, tying her with Kristina Fisher for second all-time on the CCU goals list.
COASTAL KEEPS SUCCESS GOING AGAINST SOCON: Coastal Carolina went 5-1 against the Southern Conference last season, with wins over Elon (1-0), Chattanooga (3-1), The Citadel (4-0), Georgia Southern (3-1) and Wofford (2-1). Coastal picked up where it left off, going 1-0-1 against SoCon foes in the Big South/Southern Conference Challenge.
DÉJÀ VU: Sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) had goals in the first half of both games of the Big South/Southern Conference Challenge Sept. 2 and 4. McColl scored the first goal in both games and both players now have three goals on the season.
QUICK START FOR McCOLL: Sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) scored just 25 seconds into the 2-2 tie against Wofford Sept. 4. McColl connected on a 25-yard strike that went over Wofford goalkeeper Austin Somers. It was the third-fastest goal in Coastal history.
GOAL TRIO: Sophomores Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) have three goals apiece after four games. If the trio keeps on that pace, it could be the second straight season the Lady Chanticleers have three players with 10 or more goals. Last year, Monroe, Bobbie Parsons and Kristina Fisher all had 10 or more scores.
MONROE PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) had three goals in two games in games against West Georgia and George Mason. The sophomore had two goals in the second half in the win over the Wolves and had Coastals lone goal in the loss to GMU. Monroe now has 20 career goals at CCU, tying her with Kristina Fisher for second on Coastals all-time list.
GUNNING GETS GOAL IN FIRST CCU GAME:Junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) had Coastals first goal of the season on a header in the 5-1 win over West Georgia. It was Gunnings first game as a Chanticleer and she followed up that goal with an assist in the win over the Wolves.
STOLL HAS 200TH SAVE IN GMU GAME: Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had 10 saves in Coastals first two games, including six against George Mason. Stoll reached the 200-save mark against the Patriots and now has 210 saves in her career.
HUMPHRIES SCORES FOR NEW ZEALAND IN UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: Junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden Collegiate (Cal State Fullerton)) recently played for New Zeland in the Womens Under-20 World Cup in Russia. Humphries scored a goal Aug. 20 in the Kiwis 3-2 loss to host Russia. Humphries is now back with the Lady Chanticleers and made her first start for CCU against George Mason last Sunday.
COASTAL PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team has been picked second in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, the League office announced August 15.
The Lady Chanticleers earned 126 points, including two first-place votes, to trail only 2005 Big South Tournament champion Liberty in the poll. The Lady Flames earned 147 points and 11 first-place votes. The Lady Chants were followed by High Point (113 points), Charleston Southern (107 points, three first-place votes), UNC Asheville (101 points, two first-place votes), Radford (74 points), Birmingham-Southern (71 points), Winthrop (44 points) and VMI (27 points).
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been chosen the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, the conference office announced August 15.
Monroe, last seasons Big South Freshman of the Year, garnered five first-place votes and 13 points, defeating Charleston Southerns Emma Mattsson by three points. Monroe led the Lady Chants and tied for the Big South lead with 17 goals in 2005, breaking Coastals single-season goals record. She tied for 11th in the country in goals per game and was named to the All-Big South First Team and All-Tournament Team. The sophomore was a two-time Big South Player of the Week and had seven goals in seven Big South matches.
BIG SOUTH LEADERS: Monroe, Gunning and McColl are tied with UNC Asheville Robyn Busha for the conference goals lead and have the outright lead with seven points apiece... Senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) and classmate Stepheney Gerhardt (Mohawk, N.Y./Ilion (Herkimer C.C.)) are tied for second with two assists apeice... Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) is third in the Big South with 20 saves.
WEILER SCORES GAME-WINNER IN EXHIBITION ACTION: Senior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic), who played in her first match since Sept. 6 of 2005, scored the game-winner in Coastals 2-1 win over Jacksonville Aug. 19. She took a pass from sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) at midfield and beat JU keeper Michelle Kmiotek in the upper left corner.
NEW LOOK CCU: Coastal Carolina will have 17 newcomers on this years squad, 12 of whom are freshman. In the 2-1 exhibition win over Jacksonville Aug. 19, nine newcomers played while junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) and freshman Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) earned a start against the Dolphins. Gunning scored Coastals first goal against JU on a pass from fellow newcomer Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)).
UP NEXT: Coastal opens Big South play Friday, Sept. 15 against Birmingham-Southern in Birmingham, Ala. Game time is at 3 p.m., CDT.