Oct. 21, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina forward Kacey Kelley has been named the Big South Conference Attacking Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Kelley scored three goals - two of them game-winners - and dished out one assist in helping the Chanticleers to victories over Campbell and UNC Asheville last week.
The junior from Ashburn, Va., tallied the game-tying and go-ahead goals in a 4-1 victory at Campbell on Wednesday. Just one minute after the Camels had taken the lead, Kelley answered by scoring off of a Fia Jonsson corner kick. She then headed in a cross by Maddie Phillips three minutes later to put the Chants in front. The multi-goal game was her second of the season and the third of her career.
In the 5-0 win against UNC Asheville on Saturday, Kelley started Coastal's scoring in the 17th minute, one-timing a shot off a high bounce in the 18-yard box off a throughball by Brianna Panico. She then assisted on Jonsson's goal early in the second half that made it 4-0. Kelley took a pass from the midfield by Phillips and fed one across the box to set up Jonsson with an open net.
Kelley now has six goals and four assists on the season, all coming in the last six games. She has recorded at least one point in five of those contests. With 17 career goals, Kelley is just three behind Kristina Fisher for fourth on CCU's all-time list. She also now ranks fifth in career points with 39.
The Big South weekly honor is the second for Kelley and the first this season for the Chanticleers. She was also named Attacking Player of the Week in September last year.
Coastal is back at home on Wednesday, Oct. 23 for a key matchup against first-place Radford at 4 p.m. A pre-game barbeque will be held for all students in attendance while the food lasts, in addition to 200 GoTeal Reward points for checking in at Foursquare.
The Chanticleers (8-7-1 overall) currently stand in fifth place in the Big South at 5-3-0, trailing Winthrop by three points and third-place Liberty by four. The top four teams will host a quarterfinal game in the conference tournament. Coastal travels to Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 26. Radford, meanwhile, is a perfect 8-0-0 league play this season and is unbeaten in its last 19 Big South regular-season games.