This Week in Coastal Womens Soccer
Coastal Carolina (6-2) at Wofford (1-6)
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Snyder Field, Spartanburg, S.C.
Series: Wofford leads 3-2
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
Coastal Carolina (6-2, 0-1) vs. High Point (4-3, 0-0)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 25
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: CCU Soccer FIeld, Conway, S.C.
Series: Series tied 3-3
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (6-2, 0-1 Big South) travels to Spartanburg, S.C., to face Wofford College (1-6) Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Coastal then returns home to play High Point University (4-3, 0-0 Big South) in a Big South Conference matchup Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. The High Point game will be between the two games of the mens soccers Coastal Carolina/adidas Classic. The Lady Chanticleers defeated Georgia Southern 3-1 during the week, but fell in its Big South opener to UNC Asheville 4-0.
SCOUTING WOFFORD: The Terriers fell to Clemson 1-0 in its last match Sept. 18. Wofford currently has a five-game losing streak, but has only given up 10 goals in seven games. Jessica Connett leads Wofford with a goal and an assist. In goal, Austin Somers has a 1.53 goals against average and 24 saves. The Terriers have played two teams from the Big South this season, losing 1-0 to Winthrop and 2-0 to High Point.
SERIES VS. WOFFORD: Wofford leads the all-time series with the Lady Chanticleers 3-2. Last season in both teams season openers, Wofford beat Coastal 2-1 with two first-half goals. Simone Borucinski had Coastals goal off a corner kick at 32:50.
SCOUTING HIGH POINT: The Panthers are coming off a 4-1 loss to Rider Sept. 16. Beckie Lesh had High Points lone goal against the Broncs. Traci Andersen leads HPU with six goals and an assist. Erica Brockmyer is 2-1 in goal with a 1.67 goals against average. Coastal and High Point have a common opponent in The Citadel. The Panthers defeated The Citadel 3-0, while Coastal won 4-0 against the Bulldogs.
SERIES VS. HIGH POINT: The two teams have won three times apiece in the all-time series. Last season, an Emily Lanham goal in the fifth minute was the difference as High Point won 1-0. Coastal is 2-0 against High Point at home.
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Coastal Carolina University freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been named the Big South Conferences Womens Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced Sept. 13. Monroe helped the Lady Chanticleers to a 3-0 week, including a pair of one-goal victories in the JU/Best Western Invitational.
Monroe had two goals and an assist in Coastals 4-0 win over The Citadel Sept. 6 and added the games lone goal in a 1-0 win over Stetson Sept. 10. In a three-game stretch, Monroe had six goals and an assist for 13 points.
COASTAL BREAKS WIN STREAK RECORD: With its 3-1 win over Georgia Southern, Coastal extended its longest win streak in the programs history at five games. During that streak, the Lady Chants outscored their opponents 14-4 and beat three teams from the Southern Conference. The streak was snapped in the conference opener to UNC Asheville.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: When freshman Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) assisted on the second goal in the 3-1 win over Georgia Southern, she became the 10th player to score a point this season. Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) leads the team with 13 points, followed by junior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) 10.
GOAL SCORING MACHINES: After eight games, Coastal has scored 16 goals, including four games with three or more goals. Last season, the Lady Chanticleers scored two goals or more only twice in 20 games. Coastal was shut out for the first ime in nine games dating back to last season with a 4-0 loss to UNC Asheville Sept. 18.
CCU WINS THE JU/BEST WESTERN INVITATIONAL: Coastal went 2-0-0 in an in-season tournament for the first time in the programs history, defeating Stetson 1-0 and Jacksonville 3-2 to win the JU/Best Western Invitational. Coastal also won both games by one-goal, upping its mark to 3-0 in one-goal games.
MONROE DOES IT AGAIN: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) enjoyed an amazing three-game offensive output Sept. 4-10. After connecting on a hat trick against Chattanooga, the freshman scored twice and added an assist in a 4-0 win over The Citadel. She then scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Stetson Sept. 10.
COASTAL UNBEATEN VS. SOCON: With its 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern Sept. 15, Coastal improved to 4-0 this season over teams from the Southern Conference. Coastal also beat Elon 1-0 Aug. 26, Chattanooga 3-1 Sept. 4 and The Citadel Sept. 6. The Lady Chants have two more games against SoCon opponents, including this Wednesdays game against Wofford.
FISHER NOW IN SECOND IN COASTAL GOALS LIST: Senior Kristina Fisher (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove) scored her third goal of the season, a game-winner, in Coastals 3-2 win over Jacksonville Sept. 11. It also was her 13th goal of her career, tying her with Leah Barrett (2000-04) for second on Coastals all-time goal scoring list. Teammate Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) extended her lead with her 27th career goal in the same game.
MONROE HAS HAT TRICK AGAINST THE LADY MOCS: Freshman Blair Monroes (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) hat trick against Chattanooga was only the third time in school history that a Lady Chant has scored three or more goals in a game. Kristin Wisse scored four goals Sept. 13, 2000 in a 10-0 win over South Carolina State and Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) scored three in a 5-0 win over VMI Oct. 2, 2004.
PARSONS MOVES UP ASSIST LIST: With an assist in the 3-2 win over Jacksonville, senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) moved to second place by herself on Coastals all-time assists list with 14. She needs two assists to pass Kristin Wisse (2000-02) and become CCUs all-time leader. She also extended her career points lead to 70.
REVERSING A TREND: In 2004, Coastal Carolina had six one-goal losses. The Lady Chanticleers took a big step in reversing that trend with two one-goal wins over Stetson (1-0) and Jacksonville (3-2). Coastal, who is now 3-0 in one-goal games in 2005, had its lone one-goal win last season 1-0 against Campbell.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Coastal showed off its 2005 recruiting class in the season opener against Elon Aug. 26. As many as five newcomers (Stepheney Gerhardt, Chelsea Terry, Blair Monroe, Jenna Anderson, Danielle DeSonia) were on the pitch at the same time against the Phoenix, while Gerhardt and Terry made their first starts at Coastal. Anderson collected her first start Sept. 4 against Chattanooga.
STOLL SHUTS OUT OPPOSITION: Junior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) earned her eighth career shutout Sept. 9 against Stetson. Stoll stopped three shots on the day.
COASTAL PICKED SIXTH IN BIG SOUTH POLL: The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the 2005 Big South Conference preseason womens soccer poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Womens Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, announced Wednesday by the Big South office.
Birmingham-Southern was picked to win the Big South, receiving 12 first-place votes and 155 out of a possible 162 points. The Panthers won the Big South Tournament last November. UNC Asheville earned three first-place votes and was picked second with 130 points. Radford earned one first-place vote and 116 votes in earning the third slot. High Point was chosen fourth with 101 points and Liberty earned the fifth spot with one first-place vote and 93 total votes. Coastal earned 80 votes for the sixth slot, while Winthrop (57 votes), Charleston Southern (56 votes; one first-place vote) and VMI (22 votes) rounded out the conference projections.
PARSONS PICKED FOURTH IN BSC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Coastal senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) was picked fourth in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting, earning two first-place votes and six total points. UNC Ashevilles Emily Langill was named the Preseason Player of the Year after being the 2004 Player of the Year.
WHOS BACK: Coastal returns 10 of its top 12 point scorers to the 2005 squad, including eight starters and its top goalkeeper. Senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) had 10 goals last season, while sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) led the team with four assists. Sophomore Jill Karelitz (Columbia, S.C./Dutch Fork) and junior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) scored four and three goals, respectively. Junior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) returns with her 1.55 goals-against-average and .745 save percentage.
RETURN FROM INJURY: Senior Rachel Devine (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown), classmate Kristina Fisher (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove) and junior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) all are returning from injuries that caused them to miss a considerable amount of games in 2004. Devine missed eight games due to an ankle injury, Fisher missed seven games in midseason to a foot injury and Borucinski missed the last six games to a knee injury.
UP NEXT: Coastal heads to the state of Virginia next weekend. Coastal is at Longwood Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., and VMI, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.