Women's Soccer Opens Big South Play with 2-0 Win over VMI


Women's Soccer Opens Big South Play with 2-0 Win over VMI

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The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (5-4-1, 1-0 Big South) scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and the Lady Chanticleers earned their second straight shutout in a 2-0 win at VMI (3-6-1, 0-1 Big South) Sept. 29 in both team’s conference openers.


Junior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) started Coastal off on the right foot just 1:32 into the match when she took a pass from senior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College) and dribbled just into the box. Her shot beat VMI keeper Angela Redmond to the left post. It was Monroe’s fourth goal of the season and Humphries’ first point of the year after missing the first eight games with the New Zealand Women’s World Cup team. Humphries then had her first goal of the season at 14:15 when her shot hit the inside of the left post and went in. She was assisted by senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)), her fifth of the season.


Coastal outshot VMI 9-2 in the first half and had all three corner kicks in the first 45 minutes. Freshman Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) had a save, while VMI’s Angela Redmond stopped two Lady Chant shots.


VMI had an excellent chance to score three minutes into the second half as a Coastal foul in the box led to a Keydet penalty kick. Freshman Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley), who came in as Coastal’s goalkeeper in the second half,, stopped Megan Strand’s attempt and Coastal kept the 2-0 advantage. Pavlick stopped one more shot as Coastal followed its 2-0 win over the College of Charleston with the 2-0 win over the Keydets.


Coastal outshot VMI 22-6 and had a 6-3 corner-kick advantage. Gunning led CCU with six shots, while Monroe and senior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) had three apiece. For VMI, Strand had three shots.


Coastal will conclude the trip at Longwood Sunday, Sept. 30. Game time is at 2 p.m., in Farmville, Va.