This Week in Coastal Womens Soccer
Coastal Carolina (10-4, 2-2) at Winthrop (6-6-1, 1-3)
Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Rock Hill, S.C.
Coastal Carolina (10-4, 2-2) vs. Birmingham-Southern (5-6-1, 2-1)
Sunday, Oct. 16 in Conway, S.C.
The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (10-4, 2-2 Big South) starts its stretch run in Big South play with two conference games this week. The Lady Chanticleers travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to face Winthrop University (6-6-1, 1-3 Big South) Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Coastal then returns home to host Birmingham-Southern College (5-6-1, 2-1 Big South) Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. CCU is coming off a hard-fought 2-1 loss to Western Carolina Oct. 8.
SCOUTING WINTHROP: The Eagles are coming off a 2-1 loss to Birmingham-Southern on Friday night. Freshman Chelsea White scored for Winthrop in the fourth minute, but a Panther goal with just six minutes left broke a 1-1 tie and dropped the Eagles record to1-3 in the Big South. White leads the team with six goals and 14 points. Dimitra Poulos leads the conference with 69 saves and has a 1.12 goals against average.
SERIES VS. WINTHROP: Coastal and Winthrop both have won one game in the all-time series. Last season in Conway, the Lady Chants had goals from Bobbie Parsons and Kristine Kingsbury to defeat the Eagles 2-0. Winthrop defeated Coastal 2-1 in 2003 in Rock Hill.
SCOUTING BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN: The Panthers fell to Tennessee Tech 2-1 in overtime in its last contest. Ashley Welch scored with just 39 seconds left to send the game into the extra period. Birmingham-Southern also has wins over Winthrop and Radford in Big South play. Caitlin Gordon leads BSC with four goals and four assists and Tina Ross has a 1.26 goals against average in net.
SERIES VS. BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN: Birmingham-Southern leads the overall series with Coastal 3-1-2. The Panthers defeated Coastal 2-0 in the regular season and 3-1 in the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals. In Conway, Coastal is 1-0-1 against Birmingham-Southern, including a 3-1 win in the 2003 season.
SIX PACK: Coastal scored six goals for the second time this season in a 6-2 win over Charleston Southern Oct. 8. Coastal also put up six goals Sept. 29 in a 6-4 win over Longwood. Coastal has scored three or more goals in a game seven times this season.
FISHER HAS HAT TRICK IN CSU WIN: Senior Kristina Fisher (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) scored three goals in a 6-2 win over Charleston Southern Oct. 5. It was Coastals third hat trick of the season while CCU only had two in the first five years of the program. Fisher now has seven goals and five assists this year and is third on the team with 19 points.
BIG SOUTH LEADERS: As a team, Coastal leads the conference in goals, assists and points. Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) leads the conference with 13 goals, while senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) and classmate Kristina Fisher (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) are tied for sixth place with seven goals. Parsons leads the Big South with nine assists and Fisher is right behind with five. Monroe is second in points with 27 and Parsons is third at 23 points.
MONROE IN NCAA RANKINGS: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) is tied for 10th in the current NCAA rankings with 1.00 goal per game. Portlands Christine Sinclair leads the country with 1.82 goals per game.
SOCON STREAK ENDS: Coastal lost its first game to an opponent from the Southern Conference in a 2-1 setback to Western Carolina Oct. 8. Coastal was 5-0 against SoCon opponents until the loss to the Catamounts.
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: Coastal is 5-2 at home this season with three games remaining at the CCU Soccer Field. Coastals record for wins at home is five, coming in the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
CHARITABLE CHANTS: Coastal has broken the all-time record for assists by a team. CCU has 33 assists after 14 games. The old record was 29, set in the 2003 campaign. The Lady Chants also are leading the Big South in assists.
MONROE BREAKS GOALS SCORED RECORD: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) scored her 12th goal of the season in a 2-0 win over VMI Oct. 1. That goal broke the single-season goals scored record at Coastal, which was previously held by senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) in 2003. Monroe now leads the Big South in goals scored (13) and points (27).
PARSONS BREAKS ASSIST MARK: Senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) collected her 16th career assist in the 6-4 win over Longwood Sept. 29, breaking Coastals all-time assist record. The record was held by Kristin Wisse (2000-02). Parsons now holds the career record for goals, assists and points.
KEEPING IT NATURAL: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) had her second hat trick in the 6-4 win over Longwood Sept. 29. Monroe has had two natural hat tricks this season, as she scored all three goals in the 3-1 win over Chattanooga Sept. 4.
STOLL PRESERVES SHUTOUT AGAINST KEYDETS: Junior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) had a season-high eight saves in the 2-0 win over VMI Oct. 1. Stoll also recorded her third shutout of the year, upping her total to nine career blankings.
HAUPT CONNECTS IN FIRST GAME ACTION: Freshman Heather Haupt (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) scored a goal in Coastals 6-4 win over Longwood Sept. 29. It was the first game she has played at Coastal, becoming the first Lady Chant to score in her first game since Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) did the trick Aug. 30, 2002, in a 7-0 win over South Carolina State.
NIGHT OWLS: Coastal has five regular season games left on its schedule. Four of those games will be played at night, including Wednesdays game against Winthrop. Coastal is 5-2 at night this season.
MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina University freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been named the Big South Conferences Womens Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced Sept. 13. Monroe helped the Lady Chanticleers to a 3-0 week, including a pair of one-goal victories in the JU/Best Western Invitational.
Monroe had two goals and an assist in Coastals 4-0 win over The Citadel Sept. 6 and added the games lone goal in a 1-0 win over Stetson Sept. 10. In a three-game stretch, Monroe had six goals and an assist for 13 points.
COASTAL BREAKS WIN STREAK RECORD: With its 3-1 win over Georgia Southern, Coastal extended its longest win streak in the programs history at five games. During that streak, the Lady Chants outscored their opponents 14-4 and beat three teams from the Southern Conference. The streak was snapped in the conference opener to UNC Asheville.
CCU WINS THE JU/BEST WESTERN INVITATIONAL: Coastal went 2-0-0 in an in-season tournament for the first time in the programs history, defeating Stetson 1-0 and Jacksonville 3-2 to win the JU/Best Western Invitational. Coastal also won both games by one-goal, upping its mark to 3-0 in one-goal games.
MONROE DOES IT AGAIN: Freshman Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) enjoyed an amazing three-game offensive output Sept. 4-10. After connecting on a hat trick against Chattanooga, the freshman scored twice and added an assist in a 4-0 win over The Citadel. She then scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Stetson Sept. 10.
COASTAL PICKED SIXTH IN BIG SOUTH POLL: The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the 2005 Big South Conference preseason womens soccer poll, as voted by the Leagues Head Womens Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, announced Wednesday by the Big South office.
Birmingham-Southern was picked to win the Big South, receiving 12 first-place votes and 155 out of a possible 162 points. The Panthers won the Big South Tournament last November. UNC Asheville earned three first-place votes and was picked second with 130 points. Radford earned one first-place vote and 116 votes in earning the third slot. High Point was chosen fourth with 101 points and Liberty earned the fifth spot with one first-place vote and 93 total votes. Coastal earned 80 votes for the sixth slot, while Winthrop (57 votes), Charleston Southern (56 votes; one first-place vote) and VMI (22 votes) rounded out the conference projections.
PARSONS PICKED FOURTH IN BSC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Coastal senior Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) was picked fourth in the Big South Preseason Player of the Year balloting, earning two first-place votes and six total points. UNC Ashevilles Emily Langill was named the Preseason Player of the Year after being the 2004 Player of the Year.
UP NEXT: Coastal hosts Radford Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. It is the Lady Chanticleers Parents and Senior Weekend, honoring seniors Rachel Devine (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown), Kristina Fisher (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove), Bobbie Parsons (Portugal Cove, Newfoundland/Prince of Wales) and Alissa Wulf (Bay Village, Ohio/Bay).