CONWAY, S.C. Junior Amanda Gelsominos (Johnston, R.I./University of New England) goal just 32 seconds into overtime lifted the Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (6-2-1, 2-0 Big South) to a 2-1 win over Liberty (3-6, 1-1 Big South) Sept. 24 in Conway, S.C. The win snapped Coastals five game losing streak against the Lady Flames and it extended Coastals win streak to four games.
Stingy defense was the storyline in the first half, as both teams had a combined five shots, with just one on goal. Sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) had two shots in the first half, while Libertys Katherine Neff made one save. Coastal also held a 3-2 corner-kick advantage in the first 45 minutes.
Coastal struck first in the second half when sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) scored her sixth goal of the season at 54:42 when she collected a loose ball in the box and beat Neff from five yards out. The Lady Flames tied the game at one with just over 12 minutes remaining in regulation. Paige Cheek lifted a 35-yard shot over senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) and into the back of the net.
In the first minute of overtime, sophomore Heather Haupt (West Springfield, Va./West Springfield) crossed to Gelsomino, whos shot to the right post slipped past Neff and into the goal for her first tally as a Lady Chanticleer.
The final stats were even, as Coastal outshot Liberty 7-6. Liberty had the final 5-3 corner-kick advantage, while Stoll and Neff had two saves apiece. McColl and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) had two shots apiece for Coastal, while Rachel Hetrick had two shots for the Lady Flames.
Coastal will travel to Charleston, S.C., to face The Citadel Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. LIberty gets back into Big South play Wednesday, Sept. 27 against High Point at 4 p.m.