Sept. 20, 2009
The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (1-8-1) will wrap up its non-conference schedule this Monday, Sept. 21 when the Chanticleers travel to USC Upstate (0-7). Game time is at 6 p.m., at the County University Soccer Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. Coastal Carolina is coming off a 0-0 draw against Conference USA foe East Carolina Friday night.
SCOUTING USC UPSTATE: The Spartans are coming off a 4-0 loss to the College of Charleston Sept. 16. Sian Jenkins had seven saves for Upstate against the Cougars. Ashlee Barrow and Catherine Nolff have the Spartans two goals this season. Jenkins also has 31 saves in six contests.
SERIES VS. USC UPSTATE: Coastal Carolina leads the overall series with USC Upstate 3-1, including defeating the Spartans 5-0 Oct. 30, 2008. In that game, Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) scored two goals, while Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.), Blair Monroe and Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) had a goal apiece.
PAVLICK CLOSE TO A SCHOOL RECORD IN ECU MATCH: Junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) recorded 11 saves in the 0-0 draw against East Carolina Sept. 18. She had four saves in each half and collected three in the two overtimes to preserve her third career shutout and the first shutout by the Chants this season. Pavlick almost broke Coastal Carolina’s single-game saves record, which is 12 by Candice Doten in the program’s first-ever game, a 1-1 tie against Appalachian State Aug. 27, 2000.
CHANTS TIE EAST CAROLINA: Coastal Carolina had its first scoreless draw since the 2007 Big South Tournament championship game against High Point in its 0-0 tie against East Carolina Sept. 18. It also was the seventh scoreless tie in school history. Coastal Carolina also is 1-0-1 against East Carolina the past two season. The Pirates were the 2008 Conference USA regular-season champions.
COASTAL CAROLINA SUFFERS TOUGH LOSS TO THE CITADEL: Despite outshooting The Citadel 19-7 and holding a 13-1 corner-kick advantage, an Amy Loughran goal in the ninth minute gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 win over the Chants Sept. 15. Senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) led Coastal Carolina with four shots, two of which were on goal.
THOMAS SCORES HER FIRST CAREER GOAL: Freshman Morgan Thomas (Simpsonville, S.C./Southside Christian) scored her first career goal in the 8-1 loss to George Mason Sept. 13. Thomas scored in the second half on an assist from classmate Cami Skladany (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales).
HAGGARD GARNERS A CAREER HIGH: One week after junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) had a career high in saves, classmate Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) stopped a career-high seven shots in a 3-0 loss to William and Mary Sept. 11. Haggard’s previous career high was six on three different occasions. On the season, Haggard has 16 saves in six games.
CHANTS FALL JUST SHORT AT ELON: Coastal Carolina and Elon were scoreless until the last 5:49, when Molly Calpin scored off an assist by Ceci Jensen, giving the Phoenix a 1-0 win. Junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) had three saves in the game.
TEIJELO GETS ON THE GOAL-SCORING BOARD: Senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) earned her birthday present Sept. 4 against Longwood, scoring her first career goal in a Coastal Carolina uniform in the 2-1 loss to the Lancers. Teijelo scored on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Teijelo is tied for 10th in career assists at Coastal Carolina, but scored her first goal in her 51st game in a Chant uniform.
PAVLICK STOPS EIGHT: Junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) had eight saves in a 2-1 loss to Longwood Sept. 4. She had six saves in the second half and beat her previous career high of six saves set Sept. 3, 2007 against Wofford.
CHANTS WIN SEASON OPENER: For the first time since the 2006 season, Coastal Carolina won its season opener. The Chanticleers defeated Jacksonville 2-1 in game one of the Osprey Classic Aug. 28 in Jacksonville, Fla. Coastal Carolina now is 4-5-1 all-time in season openers.
CHANTS SNAP STREAK: Coastal Carolina snapped an eight-game losing streak with the 0-0 draw against East Carolina Sept. 18. Coastal Carolina will look to snap its nine-game winless streak Sept. 21 against USC Upstate.
NILES ASSISTS IN SEASON OPENERS: For the third straight year, junior Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) assisted on a goal in a Coastal Carolina season opener. This time, she found sophomore Tori Strengari (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) for a goal to tie Jacksonville at 1-1. Niles now has seven career assists, which is one away from reaching Coastal Carolina’s career top-10 assist list.
GENTILE DELIVERS ON GAME-WINNER: Senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) scored on a penalty kick at 64:14, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving Coastal Carolina a 2-1 win over Jacksonville Aug. 28. Gentile scored her first game-winning goal and her fourth as a Chanticleer. She leads Coastal Carolina after two games with four shots and two shots on goal.
ROAD TRIP: The Chanticleers will play their first eight games away from home this season, which includes tournaments in North Florida, Longwood and William and Mary. The Chants will open the home schedule Tuesday, Sept. 15 against The Citadel. Coastal Carolina has seven home games this season, compared to 13 away from home.
WHO’S BACK: Coastal Carolina returns six starters and 15 letterwinners to the 2009 squad. While the backfield loses Chelsea Terry to graduation, seniors Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College), Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) bring experience for the Chants defense. Junior goalkeepers Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) and Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) both saw playing time last season and return in 2009. Three of the four starters return in the midfield, as senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) and juniors Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) and Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) anchor the Chants in the middle.
CHANTS TO REPLACE SCORING LOAD: Coastal Carolina lost 72 percent of its scoring from last season, including the top three goal scorers in Ashleigh Gunning (11 goals), Blair Monroe (eight goals) and Emily McColl (six goals). Junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) is the Chants’ leading returning goal scorer with five. Senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) will start up top for Coastal Carolina. Gentile had three goals last season and was the nation’s leading scorer in junior college in 2007 for Herkimer Community College.
BACK-TO-BACK REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: Coastal Carolina earned an outright regular-season championship for the second straight year after tying High Point 2-2 on Nov. 1, 2008. Seniors Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored goals for the Chants in the tie, while sophomore Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) saved four shots in 110 minutes.
CHANTICLEERS PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish second in the 2009 Big South Preseason Poll, as voted by the League’s head women’s soccer coaches. The Chanticleers were just one point away from tying Radford University for the top spot. The Highlanders earned 86 points, including three first-place votes, to earn preseason favorite honors. The Chanticleers had 85 points and matched Radford with three first-place votes. Charleston Southern was picked to finish third, garnering 79 points and three first-place votes. High Point earned 69 points and was predicted to finish fourth. Liberty earned one first-place vote and had 56 points for fifth. Winthrop and VMI were picked to finish sixth and seventh with 55 and 42 points, respectively. They were followed by UNC Asheville (31 points), Gardner-Webb (27 points) and Presbyterian.
TUPY EARNS RUNNER-UP IN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTING: Junior midfielder Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) finished runner-up to Radford’s Lisa Lubke in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting. Tupy had five points and two first-place honors, tying VMI’s Audrey Falconi for second place. Lubke had 12 points and four first-place votes. Tupy scored five goals in 2008, including four game-winners. She had the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining in a win over Liberty and now has 12 career points after two seasons as a Chanticleer.
CHANTS RETURN THREE ALL-BIG SOUTH PLAYERS: Coastal Carolina seniors Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) and junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) all return after being named to the 2008 All-Big South Second Team. The Chanticleers also return sophomore Marissa Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island), who was named to the Big South’s All-Freshman Team.
CHANTS ANNOUNCE CAPTAINS: Seniors Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College) Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) will be the Coastal Carolina women’s soccer captains this season. Coles played in nine games last season, but missed action from Sept. 24-Oct. 27 due to an injury. She had two assists on the season and has three assists in her two-year Chanticleer career. Hellberg was a 2008 All-Big South Second Team member, scoring a goal and adding three assists last season for Coastal Carolina. Hellberg has three career goals and five career assists in her three years for the Chants. McPartlan also was an All-Big South Second Team selection last year, as she had four assists at both the forward and backfield positions.
UP NEXT: Coastal Carolina takes 12 days off after the USC Upstate game before opening conference play at High Point Saturday, Oct. 3. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., in High Point, N.C.