Women's Soccer Set to Host Inaugural Sun Belt Opener Friday; Teams Support Ovarian Cancer
Appalachian State @ Coastal Carolina
Date/Time: Sept. 18, 2016 | 1 p.m. (ET)
Venue: CCU Soccer Stadium | Conway, S.C.
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Sept. 15, 2016
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team will open up its inaugural season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference this weekend hosting Arkansas State Friday, Sept. 16 then welcomes Appalachian State Sunday, Sept. 18. This will be the first Sun Belt match played by the Chanticleers.
The Chanticleers will look to make an immediate first impression. Coastal women's soccer has only competed against three Sun Belt members including Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and UL Lafayette holding a 6-3-4 advantage over its now Sun Belt brethren.
"We are very excited about opening play in the Sun Belt Conference," said head coach Paul Hogan. "We have some great coaches and great teams so this inaugural season will be a challenge for us."
After a back and forth start for the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team during the non-conference schedule, the Chanticleers head into conference play with a 3-3-1 record. However, a shutout victory last Sunday over the Jacksonville Dolphins should give the Chanticleers momentum as they begin their journey to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
"I think our team made some strides last week in training and it showed in our win over Jacksonville," Hogan said. "We still have some areas to improve but I like our leadership and the response from losing two weeks ago was positive."
Senior Amber Adams tallied her second goal of the campaign versus Jacksonville leading the Chants offensive line. Melanie Flatter scored the teams' second goal of the match at Jacksonville which was the senior's first career goal as a Chanticleer. Six other different Chanticleers account for the squads tallies.
"We are very excited to be playing at home. We play some of our best soccer at home because our girls love playing in front of their friends and family. We get great support from other teams so we are excited. I think the team feels how our staff feels. We are excited, anxious, and honored to be playing in a great soccer conference. Everything for us will be new but change is awesome and it is another way to showcase our program to other parts of the country."
Scouting The Opponent
The Arkansas State Red Wolves enter Friday's contest sporting a 2-2-2 overall record. The Red Wolves are coming off a 3-2 victory over Mississippi Valley State this past weekend. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-3) dropped to tied for second in the Sun Belt after falling to nationally ranked, top 25 Texas Tech 2-1 at home. This will be the first time the two teams have squared off as members of the same conference. Previously, the two teams have played six times, with Coastal Carolina owning a 3-1-2 record against the Apps. The last time the two teams faced off was in 2010 when the Mountaineers lost a grind-out match, 1-0.
Sun Belt Joins Fight Against Ovarian Cancer
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and beginning this Thursday and continuing through the weekend, Sun Belt Conference women's soccer programs will wear specially designed warm up jerseys in support of Texas State head coach Kat Conner, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year.
The Sun Belt Conference women's soccer programs stand in solidarity to spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to all women. Ovarian cancer is known as the "silent killer" because symptoms mimic almost identically those of IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Through responsiveness, and spreading the word to others, Conner hopes to educate all women about potential symptoms.
"The conference coaches have come together in support of Kat Connor, Head Women's Coach at Texas State who is now in remission from Ovarian Cancer," said Hogan. "We thought it would be a great tribute to her and also a way to raise awareness of this disease.
"I did not know very much about this disease prior to our Sun Belt Head Coaches meeting," Hogan continued. "Sarah from Appalachian State asked if we would all participate in an Ovarian Cancer initiative for our first weekends of Sun Belt play and all of the coaches were 100% on board. It was great to see the unity in that room for something far greater than us. Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer so hopefully by raising awareness we can reach a broader audience of women who are as uninformed of this disease as I was."