The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (2-2) stays on the road this week to play three games against top-notch opponents. The Lady Chanticleers travel to Wilmington, N.C., to face UNC Wilmington Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Coastal then travels to Greensboro, N.C., to compete in the UNCG/adidas Classic. CCU faces Old Dominion Friday Sept. 10, at 5 p.m., and UNC Greensboro Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Coastal is coming off a 1-1 record at the Big South Challenge Sept. 3-4, falling to Maine 1-0 Sept. 3 and defeating Campbell 1-0 Sept. 4.
SCOUTING UNC WILMINGTON: The Seahawks (4-0) have outscored their opponents 15-4 in their four victories, including a 6-1 win over Georgia Southern Sept. 5. Nine players have scored at least one goal, led by Kristine Mengles four tallies. This also will be UNCWs fifth straight home contest. In goal, Tiffany Langford has nine saves and a 0.86 goals-against-average.
UNC Wilmington leads the season series with Coastal 4-0. Last season, the Seahawks handed CCU its only loss at home in a 2-1double-overtime game.
SCOUTING OLD DOMINION: The Monarchs (2-1) defeated UMBC 3-0 Sept. 5 behind two goals and an assist from Laura Beeman. Beeman has four goals and an assist on the year, while Meredith Worsley has added two goals. ODU will be at Campbell Tuesday before facing the Lady Chants.
This will be the first meeting between Coastal and Old Dominion.
SCOUTING UNC GREENSBORO: The Spartans (2-2) have received votes in the Southeast region by Soccerbuzz Magazine. They fell to Oregon State 2-1 as Shannon Donovan scored her first career goal in the loss. On Friday, Amy Carnell scored with one second left in regulation to lift the Spartans to a 2-1 win over Fresno State. UNCG faces Pittsburgh on Friday in the tournament before playing Coastal.
This will be the first meeting between Coastal and UNC Greensboro.
SPREAD THE WEALTH: Coastal has had four different players score the first four goals of the season. Sophomore
Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) connected in the 2-1 loss to Wofford Aug. 29. Against Western Carolina Aug. 31, senior Erin Blevins (Xenia, Ohio/Coker College) scored her 20th career goal, while freshman Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C//Dutch Fork) scored her first career goal in the 2-0 win. Senior Leah Barrett (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) put in the game winner in the 1-0 win over Campbell Sept. 4.
STOLL STARTS SOLID IN GOAL: Sophomore Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had three saves and earned her second shutout of the season in the 1-0 win over Campbell Sept. 4. Stoll also stopped eight shots, one short of her career-high, in a 2-0 victory over Western Carolina Aug. 31. On the season, Stoll has a .850 save percentage (17 saves) and a 0.75 goals-against-average and a league-high two shutouts.
THE DOWN UNDER DUO: Sophomore Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) and freshman Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) have combined for a goal and three assists in Coastals first four games. McColl set up senior Leah Barrett (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) for the game-winner over Campbell while Borucinski fed freshman Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork) for a goal in a 2-0 win over Western Carolina.
COASTAL-NC STATE GAME POSTPONED DUE TO GASTON: Coastal Carolinas womens soccer match with North Carolina State, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 29th, was postponed due to the weather of Tropical Storm Gaston in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area. A makeup date for the contest has not been set.
SIMONE SETS TONE: Sophomore Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) scored Coastals first goal of the season off a corner kick in Coastals 2-1 loss to Wofford Aug. 27. Borucinski, who was a 2003 All-Big South Second Team member, netted her third career goal on the play.
CCU PICKED AS BIG SOUTH FAVORITE: The Coastal Carolina womens soccer team was picked as the favorite in the 2004 Big South Conference Pre-Season Poll, the conference office announced. The Lady Chants received 143 points overall, including five first-place votes. The 2003 squad, in Coastals fourth season of womens soccer, went 10-9-2, earning the most single-season wins in program history. The Lady Chants also made their mark by tying for the regular season conference title for the first time.
CHANTS BIG SOUTH CO-CHAMPS: Coastal Carolina captured the Big South regular season co-championship in 2003 when the Chants tied with Charleston Southern, 1-1. The Lady Chants won a share of its first-ever Big South regular season conference crown in only the programs fourth year of existence. The team final mark of 4-2-1 in the league is its best conference finish in program history.
BIG SOUTH HONORS CHANTS: Coastal Carolina was well represented at the Big South postseason awards, handed out before the 2003 Big South Tournament. Head Coach Karrie Miller was named the Big South Coach of the Year for the second time after guiding the Lady Chants to a co-championship in the regular season, including a 4-2-1 conference record. Candice Doten was named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row and was on the Womens Soccer All-Academic Team. Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales), Doten and Marisa Kovacs were named to the All-Big South First Team while Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) was a Second Team selection.
SOCCERBUZZ NAMED CHANT RECRUITING CLASS ONE OF SOUTHEASTS BEST: The Coastal Carolina University 2004 womens soccer recruiting class has been ranked 22nd in the Southeast Region by Soccerbuzz.com, the website announced recently.
The Coastal recruiting class includes midfielder/forward Kali Demmel (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge), midfielder Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork), midfielder Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley), forward Morgan Tolan (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and defender Missy Winstead (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach).
This is the first time that the Lady Chants have had a recruiting class ranked by Soccerbuzz.com since the 2000 season, when they were grouped with Central Florida, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington as the Best of the Rest in the Southeast. Coastal also was the only team in the Big South that was ranked. The University of North Carolina topped the Southeast Region, while Texas A&M had the top class in the nation.
UP NEXT: Coastal hosts Longwood Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m.