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Women's Soccer Opens Conference Play This Weekend

The Chanticleers open Big South play on the road at High Point Oct. 3 and Liberty Oct. 5.

       

Marissa Terry had an assist in the Chants' 5-1 win over USC Upstate.

Marissa Terry had an assist in the Chants' 5-1 win over USC Upstate.

Sept. 30, 2009

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This Week in Coastal Carolina Women's Soccer

Coastal Carolina (2-8-1, 0-0) at High Point (1-10, 0-0)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Vert Stadium, High Point, N.C.
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 6-4-2
Live Stats: www.HighPointPanthers.com
Live Video: Big South Network

Coastal Carolina at Liberty (2-6, 0-0)
Date: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Liberty Soccer Field, Lynchburg, Va.
Series: Liberty leads 6-4
Live Stats: www.LibertyFlames.com
Live Video: None

The Coastal Carolina University women's soccer team (2-8-1, 0-0 Big South) opens Big South Conference play this weekend with two road games. The Chanticleers open the schedule Saturday, Oct. 3 against High Point (1-10, 0-0 Big South) at 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina then faces Liberty (2-6, 0-0 Big South) Monday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Coastal Carolina has had 12 days off since defeating USC Upstate 5-1 Sept. 21.

SCOUTING HIGH POINT: The Panthers are coming off a 3-0 loss to Belmont Sept. 24. The two teams have one common opponent in Elon, as both schools lost to the Phoenix 1-0. Marisa Abbott has made 63 saves for the Panthers and has one shutout in a win over Wofford.

SERIES VS. HIGH POINT: Coastal Carolina leads the overall series with High Point 6-4-2. The two teams faced off in the 2008 Big South Tournament semifinal with the Chants coming out on top 1-0 in High Point, N.C. Blair Monroe scored the goal in the win for Coastal Carolina.

SCOUTING LIBERTY: The Lady Flames are coming off a 4-0 win over Francis Marion Sept. 24. Silvia Betancourt had two goals in the win, while Maria Owen and Laura Nyholt scored for Liberty. Liberty faces Longwood Sept. 30 and opens conference play with Charleston Southern before playing the Chants.

SERIES VS. LIBERTY: Liberty holds a 6-4 series advantage on Coastal Carolina, but the Chants won the latest matchup, a 3-2 thriller Oct. 3, 2008. Anna Tupy scored the game-winning goal with just 14 seconds remaining.

PAVLICK, GENTILE EARN BACK-TO-BACK BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEKS: Junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) and senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) were named the Big South Women's Soccer Players of the Week for the weeks of Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, respectively. Pavlick had 11 saves, one shy of a school record, in a 0-0 draw against East Carolina Sept. 18, while Gentile converted on a hat trick in Coastal Carolina's 5-1 win over USC Upstate Sept. 21.

GENTILE SCORES THREE IN UPSTATE WIN: Senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) had a hat trick in the 5-1 win over USC Upstate Sept. 21, recording Coastal Carolina's first three-goal game since 2007. Gentile opened the scoring in the 30th minute, sending a shot to the left corner of the net for her second goal of the season. Later, she made the score 3-0 in the 46th minute after beating the Spartan goalkeeper from five yards out. She finished her career night with a score in the 57th minute for the hat trick. Her three shots in the game all produced goals for a perfect shooting percentage on the night. The last hat trick by a Chant came on Sept. 14, 2007 when Ashleigh Gunning scored three goals in a win over Wagner.

TUPY SCORES A PAIR: Junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) scored a pair of goals in the win over USC Upstate. Tupy scored her first goal at 38:21 off an assist from sophomore Marissa Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) and had her second goal assisted by freshman Cami Skladany (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales). Tupy now has seven career goals as a Chanticleer.

PAVLICK CLOSE TO A SCHOOL RECORD IN ECU MATCH: Junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) recorded 11 saves in the 0-0 draw against East Carolina Sept. 18. She had four saves in each half and collected three in the two overtimes to preserve her third career shutout and the first shutout by the Chants this season. Pavlick almost broke Coastal Carolina's single-game saves record, which is 12 by Candice Doten in the program's first-ever game, a 1-1 tie against Appalachian State Aug. 27, 2000.

CHANTS TIE EAST CAROLINA: Coastal Carolina had its first scoreless draw since the 2007 Big South Tournament championship game against High Point in its 0-0 tie against East Carolina Sept. 18. It also was the seventh scoreless tie in school history. Coastal Carolina also is 1-0-1 against East Carolina the past two season. The Pirates were the 2008 Conference USA regular-season champions.

THOMAS SCORES HER FIRST CAREER GOAL: Freshman Morgan Thomas (Simpsonville, S.C./Southside Christian) scored her first career goal in the 8-1 loss to George Mason Sept. 13. Thomas scored in the second half on an assist from classmate Cami Skladany (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales).

HAGGARD GARNERS A CAREER HIGH: One week after junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) had a career high in saves, classmate Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) stopped a career-high seven shots in a 3-0 loss to William and Mary Sept. 11. Haggard's previous career high was six on three different occasions. On the season, Haggard has 16 saves in six games.

CHANTS FALL JUST SHORT AT ELON: Coastal Carolina and Elon were scoreless until the last 5:49, when Molly Calpin scored off an assist by Ceci Jensen, giving the Phoenix a 1-0 win. Junior Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) had three saves in the game.

TEIJELO GETS ON THE GOAL-SCORING BOARD: Senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) earned her birthday present Sept. 4 against Longwood, scoring her first career goal in a Coastal Carolina uniform in the 2-1 loss to the Lancers. Teijelo scored on a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Teijelo is tied for 10th in career assists at Coastal Carolina, but scored her first goal in her 51st game in a Chant uniform.

CHANTS WIN SEASON OPENER: For the first time since the 2006 season, Coastal Carolina won its season opener. The Chanticleers defeated Jacksonville 2-1 in game one of the Osprey Classic Aug. 28 in Jacksonville, Fla. Coastal Carolina now is 4-5-1 all-time in season openers.

NILES ASSISTS IN SEASON OPENERS: For the third straight year, junior Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) assisted on a goal in a Coastal Carolina season opener. This time, she found sophomore Tori Strengari (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) for a goal to tie Jacksonville at 1-1. Niles now has seven career assists, which is one away from reaching Coastal Carolina's career top-10 assist list.

GENTILE DELIVERS ON GAME-WINNER: Senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) scored on a penalty kick at 64:14, breaking a 1-1 tie and giving Coastal Carolina a 2-1 win over Jacksonville Aug. 28. Gentile scored her first game-winning goal and her fourth as a Chanticleer. She leads Coastal Carolina after two games with four shots and two shots on goal. W

HO'S BACK: Coastal Carolina returns six starters and 15 letterwinners to the 2009 squad. While the backfield loses Chelsea Terry to graduation, seniors Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College), Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) bring experience for the Chants defense. Junior goalkeepers Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) and Karen Pavlick (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) both saw playing time last season and return in 2009. Three of the four starters return in the midfield, as senior Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) and juniors Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) and Sara Niles (Elgin, Ill./Elgin) anchor the Chants in the middle.

 CHANTS TO REPLACE SCORING LOAD: Coastal Carolina lost 72 percent of its scoring from last season, including the top three goal scorers in Ashleigh Gunning (11 goals), Blair Monroe (eight goals) and Emily McColl (six goals). Junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) is the Chants' leading returning goal scorer with five. Senior Dana Gentile (Utica, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) will start up top for Coastal Carolina. Gentile had three goals last season and was the nation's leading scorer in junior college in 2007 for Herkimer Community College.

CHANTICLEERS PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University women's soccer team has been picked to finish second in the 2009 Big South Preseason Poll, as voted by the League's head women's soccer coaches. The Chanticleers were just one point away from tying Radford University for the top spot. The Highlanders earned 86 points, including three first-place votes, to earn preseason favorite honors. The Chanticleers had 85 points and matched Radford with three first-place votes. Charleston Southern was picked to finish third, garnering 79 points and three first-place votes. High Point earned 69 points and was predicted to finish fourth. Liberty earned one first-place vote and had 56 points for fifth. Winthrop and VMI were picked to finish sixth and seventh with 55 and 42 points, respectively. They were followed by UNC Asheville (31 points), Gardner-Webb (27 points) and Presbyterian.

TUPY EARNS RUNNER-UP IN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR VOTING: Junior midfielder Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) finished runner-up to Radford's Lisa Lubke in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting. Tupy had five points and two first-place honors, tying VMI's Audrey Falconi for second place. Lubke had 12 points and four first-place votes. Tupy scored five goals in 2008, including four game-winners. She had the game-winning goal with 14 seconds remaining in a win over Liberty and now has 12 career points after two seasons as a Chanticleer.

CHANTS RETURN THREE ALL-BIG SOUTH PLAYERS: Coastal Carolina seniors Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) and junior Anna Tupy (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) all return after being named to the 2008 All-Big South Second Team. The Chanticleers also return sophomore Marissa Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island), who was named to the Big South's All-Freshman Team.

CHANTS ANNOUNCE CAPTAINS: Seniors Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Lynchburg College) Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Sarah McPartlan (Crystal Lake, Ill./Loyola (Ill.)) will be the Coastal Carolina women's soccer captains this season. Coles played in nine games last season, but missed action from Sept. 24-Oct. 27 due to an injury. She had two assists on the season and has three assists in her two-year Chanticleer career. Hellberg was a 2008 All-Big South Second Team member, scoring a goal and adding three assists last season for Coastal Carolina. Hellberg has three career goals and five career assists in her three years for the Chants. McPartlan also was an All-Big South Second Team selection last year, as she had four assists at both the forward and backfield positions.

UP NEXT: Coastal Carolina hosts VMI Saturday, Oct. 10 at 12 p.m.