Sept. 23, 2011
Coastal Carolina (0-7-1, 0-0 Big South) vs Florida Tech (5-1-0, 0-1 SSC)
Sunday | 9.25.11 | Noon
Big South Network | Play-by-Play: Ryan Ibbotson Color: Ryan Borawski
Conway, S.C. | CCU Soccer Field
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team will face its final non-conference opponent of the 2011 season on Sunday, Sept. 25 as hosts to the Panthers of Florida Tech. Kickoff for the match is set for Noon.
Sunday's match marks only the second time in 2011 the Chanticleers have played in front of the home fans having played seven of their first eight contests on the road. In Coastal's only game within the friendly confines of the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field sophomore Alyssa Clark provided the game-tying goal with time winding down in regulation as the Chants tied Georgia Southern. The draw was the ninth in program history at home as the Chants hold an impressive 51-24-9 on their home pitch.
Coastal enters the match looking to snap its current five game losing skid and break into the win column for the first time this season. Through the first eight game of the season Coastal has faced the strongest competition of any Big South Conference schools as its opponents own a .489 winning percentage.
Florida Tech will be the fifth opponent this season that Coastal will be meeting for the first time. The Chants have faced first time opponents Valparaiso (Sept. 2), Brown (Sept. 4), Cincinnati (Sept. 11) and Tennessee (Sept. 16) during its run of non-conference play.
The Chanticleers attack is led by midfielder Christina Stern's two goals and 13 shot attempts. Freshman Rylie Johnson has racked up nine shot attempts this season with four falling on frame.
Goalkeeper Saundra Baron and outside back Cami Skladany have provided the defensive backbone for the Chanticleers. Baron has recorded 28 saves this season good for a 4.0 saves per game average and a seventh place ranking in the Big South. Skladany's stellar play this season has been noticed by those throughout the Big South and the nation. Skladany was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for games played Aug. 22-28 and was recently named as one of the top 20 players in the Big South Conference by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The native Ohioan has recorded two defensive saves and two shot attempts this season.
The top ranked Florida Tech squad comes to Conway on the heels of suffering its first loss of the season. The Panthers are paced by Kelley Whittaker's three goals and four assists. Carly Hurt and Casey Lademann have combined to take 48 of the Panthers' 109 shot attempts this season. Mist Eliasdottir has played every minute in goal for Florida Tech and has compiled a .850 save percentage while converting 17 saves.
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