This Week in Coastal Womens Soccer
Coastal Carolina (7-3) at Longwood (2-6)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Lancer Field, Farmville, Va.
Series: Coastal leads 1-0
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
Coastal Carolina (7-3, 0-2) at VMI (4-5, 0-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Patchin Field, Lexington, Va.
Series: Coastal leads 2-0
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (7-3, 0-2 Big South) heads to the Commonwealth of Virginia this week for two games. The Lady Chanticleers travel to Farmville, Va., to face Longwood University (2-6) Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. Coastal then heads back into the Big South slate, facing the Virginia Military Institiute Saturday, Oct. 1. Game time is at 1 p.m., in Lexington. Coastal is coming off two overtime games this past week, defeating Wofford 2-1 and falling to High Point 4-3.
SCOUTING LONGWOOD: The Lancers fell to Maryland-Baltimore County 1-0 Sept. 23 in its last contest. Longwood faces Liberty Monday night before facing the Lady Chants. Longwood has lost four games by one goal, including a 2-1 loss to Appalachian State Sept. 17. Anna Gravely leads the Lancers with four goals and eight points. Heather Storrie has a 1.42 goals against average and 22 saves in net.
SERIES VS. LONGWOOD: Coastal defeated Longwood 2-0 in 2004 in the only meeting between the two schools. Leah Barrett and Simone Borucinski had goals for Coastal.
SCOUTING VMI: The Keydets are coming off a 4-2 loss to Roanoke College Sept. 25. VMI has two of the Big Souths top three point scorers in Colleen Redmond and Alexa Bernas. Both players have 18 points on the season. VMI had its first two wins ever against Division I opponents this season, defeating Youngstown State 2-0 and South Carolina State 2-1.
SERIES VS. VMI: Coastal leads the all-time series with VMI 2-0, outscoring the Keydets 11-1 in the process. Last season, Bobbie Parsons recorded a hat trick in a 5-0 win in Conway. Erin Blevins and Laura Weiler had the Lady Chants other goals. Jaclyn Stoll had three saves to preserve the shutout.
COASTAL FEELS BOTH SIDES OF OVERTIME THIS WEEK: Coastal had both of its games go into overtime this past week with mixed results. Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) goal in the second overtime lifted the Lady Chants to a 2-1 win over Wofford Sept. 21. But High Point strung together two goals in a 6:30 span and scored on a penalty kick in overtime to beat the Lady Chants 4-3. Coastal now is 2-4-16 all-time in overtime.
MONROE SCORES TWO MORE AGAINST HPU: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) scored her seventh and eighth goals in a 4-3 loss to High Point Sept. 25. Monroe now is third in Coastals single-season goals list and needs four more to become the leader.
COASTAL LIKES THE ROAD: Coastal now is 2-1 on the road after its 2-1 win over Wofford. Before the win over Jacksonville Sept. 11, Coastal had not won a road game since Sept. 26, 2003 in a 3-1 win over UNC Asheville.
NIGHT OWLS: Coastal has nine regular season games left on its schedule. Seven of those games will be played at night, including Thursdays game against Longwood. Coastal is 3-1 at night this season and defeated Wofford 2-1 in double overtime in its last night contest.
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina University freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been named the Big South Conferences Womens Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced Sept. 13. Monroe helped the Lady Chanticleers to a 3-0 week, including a pair of one-goal victories in the JU/Best Western Invitational.
Monroe had two goals and an assist in Coastals 4-0 win over The Citadel Sept. 6 and added the games lone goal in a 1-0 win over Stetson Sept. 10. In a three-game stretch, Monroe had six goals and an assist for 13 points.
COASTAL BREAKS WIN STREAK RECORD: With its 3-1 win over Georgia Southern, Coastal extended its longest win streak in the programs history at five games. During that streak, the Lady Chants outscored their opponents 14-4 and beat three teams from the Southern Conference. The streak was snapped in the conference opener to UNC Asheville.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: When freshman Danielle DeSonia (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) assisted on the first goal in the 2-1 win over Wofford, she became the 11th player to score a point this season. Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) lead the team with 17 points.
GOAL SCORING MACHINES: After 10 games, Coastal has scored 21 goals, including five games with three or more goals. Last season, the Lady Chanticleers scored two goals or more only twice in 20 games. Coastal was shut out for the first ime in nine games dating back to last season with a 4-0 loss to UNC Asheville Sept. 18.
CCU WINS THE JU/BEST WESTERN INVITATIONAL: Coastal went 2-0-0 in an in-season tournament for the first time in the programs history, defeating Stetson 1-0 and Jacksonville 3-2 to win the JU/Best Western Invitational. Coastal also won both games by one-goal, upping its mark to 3-0 in one-goal games.
MONROE DOES IT AGAIN: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) enjoyed an amazing three-game offensive output Sept. 4-10. After connecting on a hat trick against Chattanooga, the freshman scored twice and added an assist in a 4-0 win over The Citadel. She then scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Stetson Sept. 10.
COASTAL UNBEATEN VS. SOCON: With its 2-1 victory over Wofford Sept. 21, Coastal improved to 5-0 this season over teams from the Southern Conference. Coastal also beat Elon 1-0 Aug. 26, Chattanooga 3-1 Sept. 4, The Citadel 4-0 Sept. 6. and Georgia Southern 3-1 Sept. 15 The Lady Chants wrap up its schedule against the SoCon Oct. 8 at Western Carolina.
FISHER NOW IN SECOND IN COASTAL GOALS LIST:Senior Kristina Fisher (Landenburg, Pa./Avon Grove) scored her third goal of the season, a game-winner, in Coastals 3-2 win over Jacksonville Sept. 11. It also was her 13th goal of her career, tying her with Leah Barrett (2000-04) for second on Coastals all-time goal scoring list.
MONROE HAS HAT TRICK AGAINST THE LADY MOCS: Freshman Blair Monroes (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) hat trick against Chattanooga was only the third time in school history that a Lady Chant has scored three or more goals in a game. Kristin Wisse scored four goals Sept. 13, 2000 in a 10-0 win over South Carolina State and Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) scored three in a 5-0 win over VMI Oct. 2, 2004.
PARSONS MOVES UP ASSIST LIST: With an assist in the 4-3 loss to High Point, senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) tied Kristin Wisse (2000-02) for the all-time assist lead in Coastal history.
REVERSING A TREND: In 2004, Coastal Carolina had six one-goal losses. The Lady Chanticleers took a big step in reversing that trend with two one-goal wins over Stetson (1-0) and Jacksonville (3-2). Coastal, who is now 4-1 in one-goal games in 2005, had its lone one-goal win last season 1-0 against Campbell.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Coastal showed off its 2005 recruiting class in the season opener against Elon Aug. 26. As many as five newcomers (Stepheney Gerhardt, Chelsea Terry, Blair Monroe, Jenna Anderson, Danielle DeSonia) were on the pitch at the same time against the Phoenix, while Gerhardt and Terry made their first starts at Coastal. Anderson collected her first start Sept. 4 against Chattanooga.
COASTAL PICKED SIXTH IN BIG SOUTH POLL: The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the 2005 Big South Conference preseason womens soccer poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Womens Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, announced Wednesday by the Big South office.
Birmingham-Southern was picked to win the Big South, receiving 12 first-place votes and 155 out of a possible 162 points. The Panthers won the Big South Tournament last November. UNC Asheville earned three first-place votes and was picked second with 130 points. Radford earned one first-place vote and 116 votes in earning the third slot. High Point was chosen fourth with 101 points and Liberty earned the fifth spot with one first-place vote and 93 total votes. Coastal earned 80 votes for the sixth slot, while Winthrop (57 votes), Charleston Southern (56 votes; one first-place vote) and VMI (22 votes) rounded out the conference projections.
PARSONS PICKED FOURTH IN BSC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Coastal senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) was picked fourth in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting, earning two first-place votes and six total points. UNC Ashevilles Emily Langill was named the Preseason Player of the Year after being the 2004 Player of the Year.
UP NEXT: Coastal hosts current Big South Conference leader Charleston Southern Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.