This Week in Coastal Womens Soccer
Coastal Carolina (6-2-1) at The Citadel (1-8-1)
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 26
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Washington Light Infantry Field, Charleston, S.C.
Series: Coastal leads 3-0
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (6-2-1, 2-0 Big South) will step out-of-conference Tuesday, Sept. 26 and head to Charleston, S.C., to face The Citadel. Game time is at 5 p.m. Coastal won its fourth game in a row this past Sunday, defeating Big South rival Liberty 2-1 in overtime.
SCOUTING THE CITADEL: The Bulldogs fell to Appalachian State 2-0 Sept. 24 in its Southern Conference opener. Emily Green had four saves in the loss, while Holli Knox had two shots for The Citadel. Rachelle Ornelas leads the team with four goals and nine points, while Dianna Martin had the game winner in a 3-0 win over South Carolina State Sept. 12.
SERIES VS. THE CITADEL: Coastal leads the overall series with The Citadel 3-0, which includes last years 4-0 victory on Sept. 6. Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) had two goals and an assist in the win.
GELSOMINO NETS GAME WINNER: Junior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) scored just 32 seconds into overtime to lift Coastal to a 2-1 overtime win over Liberty Sept. 24. It was Gelsominos first goal as a Lady Chanticleer and gave CCU its third overtime win in the past two seasons.
BIG SOUTH STREAK REACHES SEVEN: After Coastals 2-1 win over Liberty in overtime, Coastal has now won seven straight Big South games dating back to 2005. The last loss in Big South play by the Lady Chants was a 4-3 setback to High Point Sept. 25, 2005. The winning streak in conference is a school record.
COASTAL TRENDS: Two is the magic number for the Lady Chanticleers as they are 6-0-1 when scoring two or more goals... They also are 5-0-1 when scoring first... CCU likes the afternoon, as they are 4-1-1 in day games... Coastal also is a perfect 2-0 on Fridays.
MONROE MOVES UP CAREER GOALS LIST: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) moved into second place on Coastals all-time goals list when she scored in the Lady Chants 2-0 win over Campbell Sept. 11. Monroe now has 23 goals and 49 career points, which is good for third on Coastals all-time list.
GUNNING GETS DOUBLE AT BSC: Junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored twice in Coastals 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern Sept. 15. The junior put the Lady Chants up at the 6:29 mark off an assist from senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College). She then scored at the 81:49 mark unassisted. Gunning is tied for the team lead with sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) with five goals.
WHAT A WEEKEND FOR WEILER: Senior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) had a great weekend in Alabama, helping the Lady Chants to two wins. Weiler assisted on the game-winning goal by junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fullerton)) in the 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern Sept. 15. She then had the game-winning goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over Alabama A&M Sept. 17.
SIX SAVES FOR STOLL IN A&M WIN: Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) stopped six shots in a 3-1 win over Alabama A&M Sept. 17. Stoll now has 30 saves on the year and lowered her goals-against average to 1.41.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: After junior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England) scored in Coastals 2-1 win over Liberty, the Lady Chanticleers have 12 players with at least one point on the season. Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) leads CCU with 13 points on the season.
STOLL SHUTS OUT CAMELS: Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) earned her 11th career shutout in the 2-0 win over Campbell Sept. 11. She is now 4 1/2 shutouts behind Candice Doten to become Coastals all-time shutouts leader.
HUMPHRIES PK A FIRST FOR COASTAL: Junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fullerton)) attempted Coastals first penalty kick of the season in the 2-0 win over Campbell Sept. 11. She was successful, which also was the first goal in a Coastal uniform for Humphries.
ITS BEEN AWHILE: Coastal fell to Elon 2-0 Sept. 7, marking the first time Coastal has failed to score since a 4-0 loss to UNC Asheville Sept. 18, 2005.
ROAD SWING COMING TO AN END: The two games in Alabama marked the end of Coastals seven-game road swing. It was the longest road swing by CCU since a nine-game streak away from home in 2003. During that string, Coastal went 3-6 with wins over The Citadel, VMI and UNC Asheville.
COASTAL-CofC CONTEST CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Ernesto heading to the Carolinas, the Coastal Carolina womens soccer match against the College of Charleston set for Aug. 31 was cancelled. The game will not be made up. With the cancellation, Coastal will go 30 days between home games. CCU opened the home schedule Aug. 25 against West Georgia and will not play at home until Sept. 24 against Liberty.
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Womens Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced today (Aug. 29). Monroe earns Player of the Week honors for the third time in her career.
Monroe scored three goals in two games this past weekend as the Lady Chanticleers went 1-1 to start the season. She scored two goals in the second half in helping CCU to a 5-1 win in the season opener over West Georgia Aug. 25. She then scored Coastals lone goal in the first half of a 4-1 loss to George Mason Aug. 27. Monroe now has 20 goals in her young Coastal career, tying her with Kristina Fisher for second all-time on the CCU goals list.
QUICK START FOR McCOLL: Sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) scored just 25 seconds into the 2-2 tie against Wofford Sept. 4. McColl connected on a 25-yard strike that went over Wofford goalkeeper Austin Somers. It was the third-fastest goal in Coastal history.
GOAL TRIO: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach), junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) and sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) have six, five and three goals, respectively, after nine games. If the trio keeps on that pace, it could be the second straight season the Lady Chanticleers have three players with 10 or more goals. Last year, Monroe, Bobbie Parsons and Kristina Fisher all had 10 or more scores.
GUNNING GETS GOAL IN FIRST CCU GAME: Junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) had Coastals first goal of the season on a header in the 5-1 win over West Georgia. It was Gunnings first game as a Chanticleer and she followed up that goal with an assist in the win over the Wolves.
STOLL HAS 200TH SAVE IN GMU GAME: Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had 10 saves in Coastals first two games, including six against George Mason. Stoll reached the 200-save mark against the Patriots and now has 220 saves in her career.
COASTAL PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team has been picked second in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, the League office announced August 15.
The Lady Chanticleers earned 126 points, including two first-place votes, to trail only 2005 Big South Tournament champion Liberty in the poll. The Lady Flames earned 147 points and 11 first-place votes. The Lady Chants were followed by High Point (113 points), Charleston Southern (107 points, three first-place votes), UNC Asheville (101 points, two first-place votes), Radford (74 points), Birmingham-Southern (71 points), Winthrop (44 points) and VMI (27 points).
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been chosen the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, the conference office announced August 15.
Monroe, last seasons Big South Freshman of the Year, garnered five first-place votes and 13 points, defeating Charleston Southerns Emma Mattsson by three points. Monroe led the Lady Chants and tied for the Big South lead with 17 goals in 2005, breaking Coastals single-season goals record. She tied for 11th in the country in goals per game and was named to the All-Big South First Team and All-Tournament Team. The sophomore was a two-time Big South Player of the Week and had seven goals in seven Big South matches.
BIG SOUTH LEADERS: Monroe leads the conference with 13 points. She also is tied for the lead with VMIs Karen Bill with six goals... Senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) is tied for the League lead in assists with four... Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) is fifth in goals-against average (1.41)... Coastal leads the conference in shots, goals, assists and points.
NEW LOOK CCU: Coastal Carolina will have 17 newcomers on this years squad, 12 of whom are freshman. In the 2-1 exhibition win over Jacksonville Aug. 19, nine newcomers played while junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) and freshman Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) earned a start against the Dolphins. Gunning scored Coastals first goal against JU on a pass from fellow newcomer Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)).
UP NEXT: Coastal will host Winthrop Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.