CONWAY, S.C. Senior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored goals in the first 20 minutes for the Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (7-3-1, 2-1 Big South), but Winthrop (8-4-1, 2-1-1 Big South) scored four unanswered goals, leading the Eagles to a 4-2 win Oct. 4 in Conway, S.C.
Coastal used two header goals to take the 2-0 lead. Weiler received a cross from Gunning and beat Winthrop goalkeeper Dimitra Polous left just 2:34 into the game. Gunning then took a free kick from senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) and headed it past Polous at 19:27. It was Gunnings sixth goal of the year. Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) kept it a two-goal advantage at 31:46 by stopping her second penalty kick in as many games, but less than a minute later, Jodi Kemp shot from 15 yards out past Stoll to make it 2-1 Coastal. Winthrop tied the game at two on a free kick from near midfield by Jennifer Hensley at 34:13. Winthrop received another penalty kick at 36:21, and this time Allison Stoltz beat Stoll left to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The two teams took six shots apiece, with Coastal holding a 4-2 corner-kick advantage. Stoll had one save in the half, while Polous stopped four shots.
The second half was scoreless until a Chelsea White goal from 15 yards out in the 87th minute gave the Eagles the final 4-2 result. Coastal outshot Winthrop 7-6 in the second half, with both teams stopping two shots.
The loss snaps a seven-game Big South winning streak dating back to 2005. It also is the first time the Lady Chanticleers have lost at home in six games.
Coastal had the 13-12 shot advantage, while Winthrop outcornered Coastal 5-4. Stoll ended the game with three saves and Polous had five stops for the Eagles.
Gunning led Coastal with three shots, while Borucinski and freshman Samantha Teijelo (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) had two shots apiece. White led Winthrop with three shots.
Coastal hosts VMI Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., in a Big South match. Game time is at 2 p.m. On the same day, Winthrop hosts Davidson at 2 p.m.