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This Week in Coastal Women’s Soccer

Coastal Carolina (0-3-1) vs. The Citadel (1-3)

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 12

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: CCU Soccer Field, Conway, S.C.

Series: Coastal leads 4-0

Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com

Live Video: www.BigSouthSports.com

Coastal Carolina vs. Wagner (1-2)

Date: Friday, Sept. 14

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Series: First Meeting

Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com

Coastal Carolina at North Florida (1-2-1)

Date: Sunday, Sept. 16

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Place: Hodges Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Series: First Meeting

Live Stats: None

Live Video: www.ASUNTV.com

The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (0-3-1) opens its home schedule and heads back to Jacksonville this week. Coastal will face The Citadel (1-3) in its opener at the CCU Soccer Field Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be video streamed on THE EDGE at www.BigSouthSports.com. Coastal then travels to Jacksonville, Fla., and the campus of the University of North Florida for the UNF Tournament. The Lady Chanticleers face Wagner Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m., and the host Ospreys Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE CITADEL: The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 win over Jacksonville State this past Sunday for their first win of the season. Jessa Scott scored the goal for the Bulldogs in the win over JSU, while Britni Bunnell had 11 saves to preserve the victory. Bunnell has 25 saves in four games this season.

SERIES VS. THE CITADEL: Coastal leads the overall series with The Citadel 4-0. Last season, Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and Simone Borucinski scored goals in a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs in Charleston, S.C. Coastal has outscored The Citadel 16-0 in the four meetings.

SCOUTING WAGNER: Wagner is coming off a 1-0 win over Siena this past Sunday. Diane Gantenhammer scored the goal off an assist from Whitney Prindible, while Sam Schueschner had eight saves in the win. Schueschner has 21 saves in three games for the Seahawks.

SERIES VS. WAGNER: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA: North Florida participated in the UTEP Miner Classic this past weekend, falling in games against Weber State (1-0) and Portland State (4-1). North Florida defeated Alabama State 13-0 and tied Florida International 1-1 during the first weekend of the season. Angela Passafaro leads UNF with three goals on the season, while Rachel Howard has a 1.81 goals-against average.

SERIES VS. NORTH FLORIDA: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

COASTAL IN HOME OPENERS: Coastal is 4-2-1 in home openers dating back to the inaugural 2000 season. Last year, Coastal defeated West Georgia 5-1 Aug. 25. This will be the latest home opener for the Lady Chants in terms of date and number of games already played. The Citadel also will be the sixth time Coastal has opened its home schedule with an opponent from the Southern Conference.

CITADEL GAME STARTS VIDEO STREAM SCHEDULE: Coastal Carolina will have at least four games video streamed on THE EDGE at BigSouthSports.com this season, starting with the Sept. 12 game against The Citadel. Coastal’s game at VMI Sept. 29 and a home game against Charleston Southern Oct. 24 also will be streamed. In addition, all games of the 2007 Big South Tournament in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 8-11 will be streamed on the Big South site.

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 at 4:55 a.m., on ESPN2. They then have matches against Denmark Sept. 15 at 4:55 a.m. and host China Sept. 19 at 7:55 a.m. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals.

Every game of the Women’s World Cup will be on either ESPN or ESPN2.

GELSOMINO NETS GOAL VS. STETSON: Senior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) scored her first goal of the season and fourth at Coastal in the 1-1 tie against Stetson Sept. 7. Gelsomino’s goal was assisted by senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) and sophomore Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel). Gelsomino now has seven shots on the season.

COASTAL HAS CHANCES IN JU LOSS: Coastal Carolina outshot Jacksonville 17-14, but couldn’t get the equalizer in the 2-1 loss to the Dolphins. Coastal had three shots on goal after Jacksonville tied it in the 57th minute.

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 13 career goals at Coastal, which is tied with Leah Barrett for fifth all-time at CCU.

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 NETMINDERS FOR CCU: Freshman Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and redshirt junior Britt Pecora (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Socastee (Presbyterian)) each have started two games for Coastal at goalkeeper. Pecora was between the posts for both games of the Kick Out Cancer Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., making seven stops on the weekend.

COASTAL PICKED THIRD IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University 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. Monroe 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 assist 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.

UP NEXT: Coastal hosts Francis Marion Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., at the CCU Soccer Field.