Women's Soccer Opens Conference, Home Schedule This Week
This Week in Coastal Carolina Women’s Soccer
Coastal Carolina (4-3, 0-0) at Presbyterian (1-6, 0-1)
Date: Wednesday, September 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Edens Field at Martin Stadium, Clinton, S.C.
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
Live Stats: www.GoCCUsports.com
Live Video: None
Coastal Carolina vs. Gardner-Webb (3-6, 1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 27
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Coastal Carolina Soccer Field, Conway, S.C.
Series: Series tied at 1-1
Live Stats: www.GoCCUsports.com
The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (4-3, 0-0 Big South) are riding a four-game winning streak heading into the Big South Conference opener Wednesday, September 24 against Presbyterian (1-6, 0-1 Big South). Kickoff is at 7 p.m., in Clinton, S.C. Coastal Carolina will then finally open its home schedule Saturday, September 27 against Gardner-Webb (3-6, 1-0 Big South). That game starts at 6 p.m. Coastal Carolina is coming off a thrilling 2-1 win over East Carolina this past Sunday to extend its winning streak to four games.
SCOUTING PRESBYTERIAN: The Blue Hose already have started conference play, falling to UNC Asheville 4-1 in their league lidlifter. Tricia Bryan scored the goal for Presbyterian, while Amy Young recorded four saves in the loss. Like the Chanticleers, Presbyterian has spent all season on the road as this will be the home opener for the Blue Hose.SERIES VS. PRESBYTERIAN: Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian will meet for the second time in the series on Wednesday. The Chanticleers defeated the Blue Hose 1-0 Oct. 3, 2007, as Amanda Gelsomino’s goal in the 79th minute was the difference.
SCOUTING GARDNER-WEBB: The Bulldogs started Big South play on the right foot with a 2-0 win over Charleston Southern this past Saturday. Angie Harvey and Paige Reagan scored the goals for Gardner-Webb, while Sarah Wyszynski made four saves to preserve a shutout. Reagan leads the team with two goals and four points.
SERIES VS. GARDNER-WEBB: Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb each have won a game in the season series. Gardner-Webb defeated Coastal Carolina 3-0 Sept. 23, 2001, while the Chanticleers beat the Bulldogs 2-1 Sept. 9, 2000.
CHANTS EARN BIG WIN OVER ECU: Coastal Carolina had its biggest win of the season Sept. 21 in a 2-1 win over East Carolina, who was receiving votes in the Southeast Region poll by Soccerbuzz. Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute off a feed from junior Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge). Senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) scored the first goal, while sophomore Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) stopped six shots, including two in the last five minutes of play.
GENTILE, TERRY GET FIRST GOALS IN A CHANTICLEER UNIFORM: In the 4-1 win over Austin Peay Sept. 19, junior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Whitesboro (Herkimer C.C.)) and freshman Marissa Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) scored their first career goals in a Coastal Carolina uniform. Gentile’s was off a pass from senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) in the 70th minute, while Marissa Terry’s goal came off freshman Tori Strengari’s (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s) assist in the 84th minute.
ROAD TRIP COMING TO A CLOSE: Coastal Carolina will play a home game Saturday, Sept. 27 against Gardner-Webb, closing out an eight-game road trip by the Chanticleers to begin the season. The stretch bests the seven-game road trip the Chants had in 2006. Coastal Carolina will play three games in a row at home, all in conference, starting on the 27th.
START ME UP: Coastal Carolina has three players in its top-10 list in career starts. Senior Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) is tied for fifth with 62 starts, with classmate Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) not far in a tie for seventh at 61 starts. Redshirt senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) is tied for 10th with 56 starts.
HAUPT CONNECTS ON HER NINTH CAREER GOAL: Senior Heather Haupt (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) scored her ninth career goal off a failed clear in the 4-1 win over Austin Peay Sept. 19. She now is tied for ninth with Amanda Gelsomino on Coastal Carolina’s all-time goals scored list.MONROE MOVES CLOSER TO GOALS RECORD: With her goal in the the 4-1 win over Austin Peay, senior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) moved closer to establishing Coastal Carolina’s career goals scored record. It was Monroe’s 36th goal at Coastal Carolina, moving to within two goals of tying Bobbie Parsons’ record of 38.
McCOLL NAMED TO THE LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD LIST: Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer redshirt senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
McColl becomes the second straight Chanticleer women’s soccer player to be named to the initial list. Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet LSU)) was on the list in 2007. These individuals qualified based on their dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.
SEVEN CHANTS GET IN THE ACT vs. THE CITADEL: Coastal Carolina had seven different players tally a point in the 4-1 win over The Citadel. Coastal Carolina now has eight players that have at least one point on the season. Junior Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge (Loyola Ill.)) collected her first point as a Chanticleer with an assist in the win over the Bulldogs.
McCOLL GETS THE DOUBLE AGAIN: For the second straight match, senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) scored two goals in a game in a Chanticleer victory. Both of McColl’s goals in the win over The Citadel were outside of the 18-yard box and now three of her four goals on the season are from 20 yards or longer. McColl now has 11 career goals in a Chanticleer uniform, which puts her tied for seventh on the career scoring list.
HANNA CANCELS HOME TOURNAMENT: The Coastal Carolina Tournament scheduled for Sept. 5 and 7 was cancelled due to Tropical Storn Hanna. It was Coastal Carolina’s first cancelled game since Aug. 30, 2006, when Tropical Storm Ernesto cancelled the College of Charleston game.
McCOLL EARNS BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand) was selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for games played Aug. 25-31, it was announced today by the League office.
McColl had a remarkable showing last week, helping the Chanticleers to their first win of the season in game four of the Select Kickoff Classic in Greenville, S.C. The senior scored in the eighth and 69th minutes as Coastal Carolina defeated Wofford, 2-0. McColl’s first goal came off an attempted clear by Wofford on a Coastal Carolina corner kick. The final goal was a 30-yard chip over the Terriers’ goalie. McColl also was named to the 11-member All-Tournament Team.
THREE CHANTS NAMED TO SELECT KICKOFF ALL-TOURNEY TEAM: Redshirt senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley), senior Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) and sophomore Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Select Kickoff Classic in Greenville, S.C. McColl scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Wofford Aug. 31, while Terry and Tupy both had solid performances in the games against Furman and Wofford. CHANTICLEERS SCORE EARLY IN 2008: Coastal Carolina scored five minutes into the 2008 season in the 3-2 double-overtime loss to UNC Greensboro Aug. 22. It came on an own goal at the five-minute mark. It was the second fastest goal to start a season in Coastal Carolina history. In 2006, Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored 4:23 into the season opener in a 5-1 win over West Georgia.
NILES LIKES SEASON OPENERS: Sophomore Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) assisted on senior Heather Haupt’s (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) goal in the 3-2 loss to UNC Greensboro Aug. 22. Niles assisted on a goal in the season opener for the second straight season. She had an assist in the 3-2 loss to Wofford Sept. 3, 2007.
NEWCOMERS SEE TIME ON THE WEEKEND: A total of eight newcomers saw playing time in the August 24th game at Duke. Freshman Sam Schuller (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) had a shot attempt, while redshirt freshman Honour Trosper (Salisbury, N.C./West Rowan (South Carolina)) saw time in goal. Junior Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge (Loyola Ill.)) started both games at forward for the Chanticleers.
McCOLL RETURNS FROM OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: Redshirt senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) returns to Coastal Carolina after playing for Team New Zealand in the 2008 Summer Olympics in China. The Kiwis tied Japan 2-2, but fell to Norway 1-0 and the United States 4-0. McColl played in the tie against Japan. McColl also played in the 2007 Women’s World Cup in China.
TOUGH BEGINNING STRETCH FOR OPENERS: Coastal Carolina’s first three games are against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. UNC Greensboro defeated Memphis in the opening game of the tournament, but fell to North Carolina in the second round. Duke reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, defeating South Carolina, Georgia and Indiana before falling to Notre Dame. Furman won the Southern Conference Tournament before falling to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA’s.
COASTAL CAROLINA PICKED AS BIG SOUTH PRESEASON FAVORITES: Coastal Carolina University’s women’s soccer team has been chosen first in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll, as voted by the League’s Head Women’s Soccer Coaches.
Coastal Carolina, which captured the 2007 regular-season title, received three first-place votes and 90 points out of a possible 100 to win the Conference’s women’s soccer championship in 2008. The Lady Chanticleers have finished first or second in the regular-season standings in head coach Rohan Naraine’s two years at the helm. Coastal Carolina finished ahead of 2007 Tournament champion High Point, which collected three first-place votes and 83 points. Liberty finished third in the voting with 75 points and received one first-place vote, while Charleston Southern was fourth in the poll with 73 points and three first-place votes. Radford totaled 56 points for the fifth spot, just ahead of Winthrop (52 points) and new Big South member Gardner-Webb (50 points). UNC Asheville was eighth in the poll with 32 points, while new Big South member Presbyterian was ninth in the voting with 22 points. VMI finished in the 10th and final position with 17 points.
GUNNING NAMED BIG SOUTH PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Redshirt senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) has been chosen as the Big South’s Preseason Player of the Year, the conference office announced August 14.
Gunning, the 2007 Big South Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference selection, garnered five first-place votes and 19 points in the preseason voting. Last season, she helped the Chanticleers to their first regular-season title since 2003 and second overall. An All-Tournament Team selection in 2007, she led the team and the Big South with 15 goals and 39 points and tied for the Conference lead with nine assists. She was ninth in the country in points per game (1.86) and 18th in goals per contest (.714). Gunning was named Third-Team All-Region by Soccerbuzz.com and was an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team honoree in 2007.CHANTICLEERS RETURN FIVE ALL-BIG SOUTH SELECTIONS: Coastal Carolina returns five players that were selected to the All-Big South First and Second Teams in 2007, including all three First Team honorees. Seniors Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)), Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) all return after being named to the First Team last year, while redshirt senior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) and Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) are back after being named to the Second Team. Coastal Carolina also has three players back after making the Big South All-Freshman Team - Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison), Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) and Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin).
UP NEXT: Coastal Carolina hosts Liberty in a Big South match Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.