This Week in Coastal Womens Soccer
Coastal Carolina (8-3-1, 3-1) at Radford (5-7, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Patrick D. Cupp Stadium, Radford, Va.
Series: Coastal leads 3-2-2
Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com
The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (8-3-1, 3-1 Big South) plays its third consecutive Big South opponent Saturday, Oct. 14, as the Lady Chanticleers head to Radford, Va., to face Radford (5-7, 2-2 Big South) at 2 p.m., in Patrick D. Cupp Stadium. Coastal improved its record to 3-1 in the Big South with a 2-0 win over VMI in Conway Oct. 8.
SCOUTING RADFORD: The Highlanders defeated South Carolina State 4-0 Oct. 8 in non-conference action. Laura Culver had the game-winning goal for Radford. Head Coach Ben Sohrabi earned his 100th win at Radford with the victory. McKenzie Vergara leads Radford with seven goals scored, while Lisa Channon leads the Big South with six assists. In goal, Tara Oleartchick has a .703 save percentage.
SERIES VS. RADFORD: Coastal leads the overall series with Radford 3-2-2. Last season, the Lady Chanticleers defeated the Highlanders 5-0 as Bobbie Parsons and Kristina Fisher had two goals apiece on Senior Night. Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) also had a goal for Coastal in the win. CCU is 0-2-1 all-time against the Highlanders in Radford.
NARAINE REACHES MILESTONE IN VMI WIN: Head Coach Rohan Naraine won his 50th career game in Coastals 2-0 win over VMI Oct. 8 Naraine is in his first season as head coach of Coastal after two stints as an assistant coach for the Lady Chanticleers. Naraine also has had head coaching stops at Coker College and Southern.
CHANTS HAVE KEYDETS NUMBER: Coastals 2-0 win over VMI was the Lady Chants third straight shutout against the Keydets. Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) has been in goal in all three contests, accounting for three of her 13 career shutouts.
WEILER, GUNNING SCORE FIRST HALF GOALS THIS WEEK: Senior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored a goal each in the 4-2 loss to Winthrop Oct. 4 and a 2-0 win over VMI Oc.t 8. Weiler earned the game-winning goal in the game against the Keydets, while Gunnings goal total is now seven after the two tallies.
STREAK SNAPPED AGAINST WINTHROP: Coastals seven-game Big South winning streak was snapped in a 4-2 loss to Winthrop Oct. 4. Coastal also lost for the first time at home since a 4-3 setback to High Point Sept. 25, 2005.
STOLL STOPS PK IN THE CITADEL WIN:Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had two saves for her second shutout of the season, 2-0, over The Citadel. Stoll had a huge save off a Sarah Burke penalty kick in the first half, keeping the game at 1-0 Coastal. On the season, Stoll has a 1.27 goals-against average and a .711 save percentage.
GELSOMINO NETS GAME WINNER: Junior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) scored just 32 seconds into overtime to lift Coastal to a 2-1 overtime win over Liberty Sept. 24. It was Gelsominos first goal as a Lady Chanticleer and gave CCU its third overtime win in the past two seasons.
MONROE MOVES UP CAREER GOALS LIST: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) moved into second place on Coastals all-time goals list when she scored in the Lady Chants 2-0 win over Campbell Sept. 11. Monroe now has 24 goals and 51 career points, which is good for third on Coastals all-time list.
GUNNING GETS DOUBLE AT BSC: Junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) scored twice in Coastals 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern Sept. 15. The junior put the Lady Chants up at the 6:29 mark off an assist from senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College). She then scored at the 81:49 mark unassisted. Gunning is tied for the team lead with sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) with five goals.
WHAT A WEEKEND FOR WEILER: Senior Laura Weiler (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic) had a great weekend in Alabama, helping the Lady Chants to two wins. Weiler assisted on the game-winning goal by junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fullerton)) in the 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern Sept. 15. She then had the game-winning goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over Alabama A&M Sept. 17.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: After sophomore Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) assisted on a goal in a 2-0 win over The Citadel, the Lady Chanticleers have 13 players with at least one point on the season. Junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) leads CCU with 16 points on the season.
STOLL SHUTS OUT CAMELS: Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) earned her 11th career shutout in the 2-0 win over Campbell Sept. 11. She is now 2 1/2 shutouts behind Candice Doten to become Coastals all-time shutouts leader.
HUMPHRIES PK A FIRST FOR COASTAL: Junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fullerton)) attempted Coastals first penalty kick of the season in the 2-0 win over Campbell Sept. 11. She was successful, which also was the first goal in a Coastal uniform for Humphries.
ITS BEEN AWHILE: Coastal fell to Elon 2-0 Sept. 7, marking the first time Coastal has failed to score since a 4-0 loss to UNC Asheville Sept. 18, 2005.
COASTAL-CofC CONTEST CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Ernesto heading to the Carolinas, the Coastal Carolina womens soccer match against the College of Charleston set for Aug. 31 was cancelled. The game will not be made up. With the cancellation, Coastal will go 30 days between home games. CCU opened the home schedule Aug. 25 against West Georgia and will not play at home until Sept. 24 against Liberty.
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Womens Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced today (Aug. 29). Monroe earns Player of the Week honors for the third time in her career.
Monroe scored three goals in two games this past weekend as the Lady Chanticleers went 1-1 to start the season. She scored two goals in the second half in helping CCU to a 5-1 win in the season opener over West Georgia Aug. 25. She then scored Coastals lone goal in the first half of a 4-1 loss to George Mason Aug. 27. Monroe now has 20 goals in her young Coastal career, tying her with Kristina Fisher for second all-time on the CCU goals list.
QUICK START FOR McCOLL: Sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) scored just 25 seconds into the 2-2 tie against Wofford Sept. 4. McColl connected on a 25-yard strike that went over Wofford goalkeeper Austin Somers. It was the third-fastest goal in Coastal history.
GUNNING GETS GOAL IN FIRST CCU GAME: Junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) had Coastals first goal of the season on a header in the 5-1 win over West Georgia. It was Gunnings first game as a Chanticleer and she followed up that goal with an assist in the win over the Wolves.
COASTAL PICKED SECOND IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team has been picked second in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll, the League office announced August 15.
The Lady Chanticleers earned 126 points, including two first-place votes, to trail only 2005 Big South Tournament champion Liberty in the poll. The Lady Flames earned 147 points and 11 first-place votes. The Lady Chants were followed by High Point (113 points), Charleston Southern (107 points, three first-place votes), UNC Asheville (101 points, two first-place votes), Radford (74 points), Birmingham-Southern (71 points), Winthrop (44 points) and VMI (27 points).
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been chosen the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, the conference office announced August 15.
Monroe, last seasons Big South Freshman of the Year, garnered five first-place votes and 13 points, defeating Charleston Southerns Emma Mattsson by three points. Monroe led the Lady Chants and tied for the Big South lead with 17 goals in 2005, breaking Coastals single-season goals record. She tied for 11th in the country in goals per game and was named to the All-Big South First Team and All-Tournament Team. The sophomore was a two-time Big South Player of the Week and had seven goals in seven Big South matches.
BIG SOUTH LEADERS: Gunning leads the conference with 16 points. There is a four-way tie for first with seven goals. Gunning and Monroe are tied with McKenzie Vergara of Radford and Chelsea White of Winthrop... Senior Simone Borucinski (Canberra, Australia/Daramalan College) is second in assists with five... Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) is fourth in goals-against average (1.39)... Coastal leads the conference in goals per game and assists per game.
NEW LOOK CCU: Coastal Carolina will have 17 newcomers on this years squad, 12 of whom are freshman. In the 2-1 exhibition win over Jacksonville Aug. 19, nine newcomers played while junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) and freshman Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) earned a start against the Dolphins. Gunning scored Coastals first goal against JU on a pass from fellow newcomer Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)).
UP NEXT: Coastal hosts Longwood Monday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.