Women's Soccer Opens Conference Play with Consecutive Road Bouts
Sept. 28, 2011
CONWAY - The defending Big South regular season champion Coastal Carolina women's soccer team opens conference play on the road with highly anticipated matchups against rivals Liberty and High Point. The Chanticleers square off at Liberty on Thursday, Sept. 29 before taking on High Point Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Chanticleers come into conference play on the heels of a heartbreaking loss to Florida Tech on Sept. 25. The Chants controlled the pace of the match against the Panthers; however, Florida Tech was able to find the back of the net with under a minute remaining in the first half to score the match's only goal. The loss dropped Coastal to 0-8-1 on the season and broke a five games home undefeated streak that dated back to 2010.
Coastal enters Big South play having registered 78 shots on the season and 31 corner kicks through its nine non-conference matches. Individually, keeper Saundra Baron averages 3.75 saves per game along with a .612 save percentage as Alyssa Clark and Maddie Phillips lead the squad with a .667 shots on goal percentage.
The Chanticleers are looking to avenge last season's 2-3 loss to Liberty in the opening round of the Big South Tournament. Coastal did defeat the Flames in 2010's regular season meeting in Conway by a 1-0 count.
Liberty enters Thursday's game on a three game unbeaten streak that includes wins over George Washington (2-1) and Howard (2-1). The Flames have been outscored this season by a 9-15 margin for a 1.88 goals allowed average. However, the Liberty goalkeepers do average 5.75 saves per match.
Silvia Betancourt and Lauren Stell lead the Flames' attack with two goals apiece this season. Stell, Kelley Henion and Alanna Dunkle have each fired nine shots through Liberty's run of non-conference play.
High Point defeated Coastal Carolina by way of a 35-yard free kick in the sides only meeting in 2010 at the CCU Soccer Field. The Chanticleers and Panthers have played each other evenly in the series history as the overall series record is knotted at 6-6-2; however, the Chants do hold a slight 25-23 edge in goals scored.
High Point has dropped its last five games by a combined 4-11 score. The Panthers rank seventh in the Big South with a 1.00 goals per game average, but rank eighth in goals against average with 1.86. The High Point keepers have combined to record 43 saves and one clean sheet.
The Panthers' Courtney Durbin and Kelli Joline rank tied for eighth in the Big South with three goals scored, while Daniel Rosado and Jacky Kessler ranked tied for sixth with two helpers each.