CONWAY- The Chanticleer women’s soccer team will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 2 after a 13 day hiatus. The match will be the home opener for the Chants as they welcome the defending Big South champion High Point for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Coastal has played the first nine games of the season away from home and have amassed a 4-5 record, including a victory over Atlantic Coast Conference member Clemson and Southern Conference opponents College of Charleston and Appalachian State.
In the Standings
Looking toward the conference season, the Chants currently rank third in league standings with their 4-5 behind Radford at 6-4 and Charleston Southern 5-4. Statistically, Coastal sits fourth in the Big South in goals scored with 12, goals per game (1.33), and total points with 26 (2.89 points per game).
This Week’s Matches
-Saturday, Oct. 2 vs. High Point, 6 p.m.
-Monday, Oct. 4 vs. Liberty, 4 p.m.
2010 Record: 2-8-0
2009 Record (Big South): 7-15-2 (4-4-1)
Head Coach: Craig Keilitz
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 6-5-2
Last Meeting: High Point won 1-0 (Oct. 3, 2009)
Notes: High Point, the defending Big South Tournament Champion, comes into the game with a 2-8 record good for sixth in the conference. High Point’s two wins came against Francis Marion (who the Chants play on Oct. 13) and Clemson. Through 10 games this season High Point has scored six goals on 88 shots. Four of the Panthers six goals came in the win over Clemson. High Point is tied with the Chanticleers with both teams surrendering 22 goals on the season.
2010 Record: 3-5-2
2009 Record (Big South): 9-7-3 (6-1-2)
Head Coach: Jess Celi
Series Record: Liberty leads 7-4
Last Meeting: Liberty won 3-0 (Oct. 5, 2009)
Notes: As of Sept. 30, Liberty ranks fourth in the Big South Conference with a .400 winning percentage. Liberty has yet to win a true road game this season; the Flames are 1-0-1 in neutral site contests and 0-4-1 in away contests. Liberty’s offensive attack ranks second in the conference with 19 goals scored on the season. Aimee Luurtsema and Silvia Betancourt lead the Flames’ impressive offensive output with eight and five goals respectively. Although the firepower is available, Liberty has been shutout in half of their games this season.
Leading the Attack
The Chants are lead offensively by senior Anna Tupy, sophomore Ashley Day, and freshman Hannah Brown, who have combined for half of the Chants goals on the season, with two goals apiece.
Barton Garners Big South Honors
Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Barton was named the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 13-19. Barton helped the Chanticleers upset ACC foe Clemson 1-0 last Friday by making four saves in the win. It was the first time the Chanticleers defeated an ACC opponent in school history and the first career shutout for the sophomore netminder. Barton went 1-1 with a 0.50 goals against average in 180 minutes played during the week; in addition, Barton registered six saves and a .857 save percentage. Barton currently has 31 saves through nine games this season.
Climbing the Charts
Senior Anna Tupy has recorded two goals on the season (CofC, Elon) upping her career goal tally to 12; thus, moving her into a tie for eighth with Emily McColl (2004-08) on the Chanticleers all-time career goals list. Tupy’s five points on the season (two goals, one assist) moves her into sole possession of ninth on Coastal’s all-time points list with a total of 31.
Senior goal keeper Amy Haggard is also on her way further up the all-time lists in matches started, shutouts, and matches played. Haggard leads the all-time rankings with 20 career shutouts and is ranked third in matches started and played.
The Chants have recorded two shutout wins on the season in 1-0 back-to-back victories over Appalachian State and Clemson. In the two games, Coastal’s netminders faced 13 shots and recorded seven saves.
The Chanticleers return to the road as they continue conference play at VMI on Oct. 8. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.