This Week in Coastal Women’s SoccerCoastal Carolina (3-3-1) vs. Francis Marion (1-3-1)Date: Friday, Sept. 21Time: 8 p.m.Place: CCU Soccer Field, Conway, S.C.Series: Francis Marion leads 1-0Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.comThe CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s soccer team (3-3-1) rides a three-game winning streak into an in-state clash with Francis Marion (1-3-1) Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., in Conway, S.C. Coastal won its home opener with The Citadel 3-0 and then won the UNF Tournament, defeating Wagner 3-2 and North Florida 2-1.SCOUTING FRANCIS MARION: The Patriots fell to UNC Wilmington 5-3 and the College of Charleston 4-1 in the College of Charleston Invitational this past weekend. Angela Salem had a goal and an assist in the loss to the Seahawks. Kirby Stenard had Francis Marion’s goal in the loss to CofC. FMU’s win in 2007 came against Gardner-Webb, 4-1. Stenard leads the Patriots with four goals and nine points, while Salem has two assists. SERIES VS. FRANCIS MARION: Francis Marion defeated Coastal 2-1 in FlorenceOct. 24, 2006 in the two team’s only career meeting. Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) scored the Lady Chanticleer goal off assists from Blair Monroe (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./Little River) and Stacey Dillon (Canton, Mich./Plymouth).GUNNING NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) was named the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 16. Gunning had a memorable week, taking part in six of Coastal’s eight goals. For the week she tallied four goals and two assists for 10 points to lead the Chanticleers to three wins. In Coastal’s first victory and shutout of the season, Gunning contributed an assist on the game-winning goal, as CCU defeated The Citadel, 3-0. In Coastal’s second game of the week against Wagner, she became the first Chanticleer to record a hat trick since Bobbie Parsons on Oct. 16, 2005, as the Lady Chants came from behind to top Wagner, 3-2. Her first goal came in the second half at 55:36 to tie the score at 1-1. Exactly one minute after the Seahawks scored to retake the lead, Gunning found the back of the net to knot the game at 2-2, and finished off her performance by scoring a goal at 79:29 to close out the game with a victory. In Coastal Carolina’s final contest of the week, Gunning scored the first goal of the game against North Florida at 16:38, and assisted on Coastal’s second goal to lead CCU to the 2-1 win. Gunning currently leads the Big South in points, goals and is tied for first in assists.GUNNING, CHANTS IN NCAA RANKINGS: Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) is in the top-10 in the country in both goals and points per game thru games of Sept. 16, 2007. Gunning was ninth in points per game (2.43) and eighth in goals per game (1.00). Coastal also is 99th in the nation in scoring offense (1.71 goals per game).MONROE NOW SECOND TO ONE: Junior Blair Monroe’s (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./Little River) first goal of the season Sept. 12 in a 3-0 win over The Citadel moved her into second place on Coastal’s all-time points list. She passed Kristina Fisher and now has 61 points in her CCU career. Bobbie Parsons leads Coastal with 95 career points. Monroe also is second at Coastal in shots (139) and goals (27).COASTAL TAKES HOME TOURNEY TITLE: Coastal went 2-0 at the North Florida Tournament, taking home the title after being the only undefeated and untied team on the weekend. It was the first time that Coastal went 2-0 in a weekend tournament since the Lady Chants defeated Stetson and JacksonvilleSept. 10-11, 2005.HAGGARD STEPS IN GOAL ON THE WEEKEND: Freshman Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) stepped in for the injured Britt Pecora (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Socastee (Presbyterian)) and got two wins in goal for the Lady Chanticleers. Haggard stopped five shots in the 2-1 win over North Florida and had a stop in a 3-2 win over Wagner. Pecora started the game against The Citadel, stopping two shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Bulldogs. 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. 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 fell to Brazil 5-0 and Denmark 2-0 and will face 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.COASTAL WINS HOME OPENER: Coastal defeated The Citadel 3-0 in the home opener for the Lady Chanticleers. Coastal now is 5-2-1 all-time in home openers, including a three-game winning streak in home lidlifters.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 12 shots on the season. 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 17 career goals at Coastal, which is fourth 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.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. 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.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.UP NEXT: Coastal travels to the College of Charleston Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.