Women's Soccer Opens Big South Play with 2-0 Win over Presbyterian
CLINTON, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (5-3, 1-0 Big South) opened conference play with a 2-0 win over Presbyterian (1-7, 0-2 Big South) Sept. 24 in Clinton, S.C. With the win, Coastal Carolina has been victorious in five straight games and wins its conference opener for the third straight year.
The two teams had six shots apiece in the first half, but the Chanticleers scored the only goal of the first 45 minutes. After a battle in the six-yard box, sophomore Anna Tupy’s (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) shot hit off a Blue Hose defender and into the net at 12:52 for her first career goal in a Chanticleer uniform.
Sophomore Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) made one stop in the first half, while the Chanticleers had all three corner kicks.
Haggard preserved the shutout in the second half with three saves, while the Chanticleer defense was stout in the 78th minute with a team save off a shot by Tricia Bryan on a corner kick. Coastal Carolina made it a two-goal advantage at 60:32 as senior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) took a great pass from classmate Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) and tucked it in the net from about 10 yards out. Monroe now is just one goal away from tying the Coastal Carolina career goals record, while McColl garners her first assist of the season.
Presbyterian outshot the Chanticleers 13-11, while Coastal Carolina had a 3-2 corner-kick advantage. Haggard ended the game with four saves and recorded her second shutout of the season, while Abby Young had four stops for the Blue Hose. Monroe led Coastal Carolina with four shots. Ashley Cook was the Blue Hose’s top shot maker with three strikes.
Coastal Carolina will finally open its 2008 home schedule Saturday, Sept. 27 against Garnder-Webb. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m., at the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field.