This Week in Coastal Women’s Soccer Coastal Carolina (10-4-1, 4-0) vs. Charleston Southern (9-4, 2-1) Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24 Time: 6 p.m. Place: CCU Soccer Field, Conway, S.C. Series: Charleston Southern leads 4-2-3 Live Stats: www.GoCCUSports.com Live Video: www.BigSouthSports.com Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty (4-9, 1-3) Date: Saturday, Oct. 27 Time: 6 p.m. Place: Liberty Soccer Field, Lynchburg, Va. Series: Liberty leads 6-2 Live Stats: The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team (10-4-1, 4-0 Big South) looks to stay unbeaten in the Big South as the Lady Chants play two conference games this week. Coastal hosts Charleston Southern (9-4, 2-1 Big South) Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., at the CCU Soccer Field. The game can be seen on www.BigSouthSports.com. Coastal then travels to Lynchburg, Va., to face Liberty (4-9, 1-3 Big South) Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Coastal is coming off a 2-0 win over Winthrop this past Saturday. SCOUTING CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: The Lady Bucs are coming off a 1-0 win at UNC Asheville Oct. 20. Emma Mattsson scored the game’s only goal as her strike in the 86th minute gave CSU its second Big South win. Goalie Jen Uvalle had nine saves to preserve the shutout. Michelle Dennis leads the team with 19 points, with Mattsson not far behind at 17. CSU had wins in the conference over Liberty and UNCA and fell to Winthrop 2-0. SERIES VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN: Charleston Southern holds a 4-2-3 series advantage over Coastal. Last season, the Lady Bucs came away with a 2-0 victory in Charleston. The last time the two teams’ faced in Conway, Coastal won 6-2 in 2005. Kristina Fisher had a hat trick in that win over CSU. SCOUTING LIBERTY: The Lady Flames are coming off a 1-0 overtime loss to High Point Oct. 20. Liberty outshot the Panthers 12-8, but Jen Evans’ goal 2:33 into the first overtime won the game for High Point. Amy Oberlin leads Liberty with eight points and two game-winning goals. Liberty’s win in the Big South has come against VMI, while the Lady Flames have fallen to High Point, Charleston Southern and Winthrop. SERIES VS. LIBERTY: Liberty holds a 6-2 lead in the all-time series. The teams faced each other twice last year. Coastal won in the regular season 2-1 in overtime on Amanda Gelsomino’s goal in the extra period. Liberty defeated Coastal 3-0 in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament in Conway. Liberty scored all three goals in the second half to move on to the championship game. WIN STREAK FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Coastal’s 2-0 win over Winthrop gave the Lady Chanticleers their seventh straight win. That broke the previous school record of five, which was set in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Coastal also has started the Big South schedule with four straight wins for the first time in school history. Coastal was 2-1 to start the Big South last year. DEFENSE HELPING COASTAL TO WIN STREAK: The Coastal Carolina defense has five shutouts during its seven game winning streak, and has only given up two goals since Sept. 21. The back line of junior Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island), sophomore Corie Coles (Pilesgrove, N.J./Woodstown (Lynchburg College)) and sophomore Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and the goalkeeping of freshman Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) kept Winthrop off the scoreboard in a 2-0 win. The Lady Chants sport a 1.31 goals-against average and six shutouts on the season. FIRST HALF SCORING FRENZY VS. HIGH POINT: Coastal scored four goals off of just five shots in the 6-1 win over High Point Oct. 8. Coastal scored four goals in the first half for the first time since CCU put up five goals in the first 45 minutes in a 6-4 win over Longwood Sept. 29, 2005. The six goals in a game is the most since Oct. 16, 2005 in a 7-1 win over Birmingham-Southern. GELSOMINO NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for games played Oct. 1-7, it was announced today by the League office. Gelsomino contributed in two scores and two wins for the Chanticleers last week to extend their winning streak to five games, and totaled three points with an assist and a goal. In Coastal’s first win of the week, Gelsomino found Presbyterian’s net in the 79th minute to break a scoreless tie, and earn a win for the Chanticleers. Her successful week continued as she added an assist on the game-winning goal at 69:30 against UNC Asheville to give CCU the 2-0 win. Gelsomino now has three goals and two assists on the season. MONROE NETS HAT TRICK: Junior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) had her third career hat trick in Coastal’s 6-1 win over High Point Oct. 8. She scored the game’s first two goals, including the game winner, and added a goal in the second half. Monroe leads the Big South with six game-winning goals. She had hat tricks against Chattanooga Sept. 4, 2005 and Longwood Sept. 29, 2005. HELLBERG CONNECTS FOR FIRST CAREER GOAL: Sophomore Maegen Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) scored her first career goal, which was a game winner, in a 2-0 victory over UNC Asheville Oct. 6. Hellberg took a pass from senior Amanda Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I./Johnston (University of New England)) and ripped a shot by UNCA’s Veronica Lazar. Hellberg now has three points on the season. COASTAL IN NCAA RANKINGS: Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) is in the top-20 in the country in goals, assists and points per game thru games of Oct. 15, 2007. Gunning is 11th in points per game (2.07), 13th in assists per game (0.6) and 18th in goals per game (0.733). Junior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) is 53rd in goals per game (0.6) and 94th in points per game (1.27), while freshman Amy Haggard (Sylva, N.C./Smoky Mountain) is 89th in goals-agasint average (0.948). Coastal is in the top-100 in scoring offense (63rd, 1.93), winning percentage (49th, .700) and shutout percentage (97th, 0.4). MONROE NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina junior Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for games played Sept. 24-30, it was announced today by the League office. Monroe posted three game-winning goals and tallied six points in three road wins last week, including two back-to-back games. In Coastal’s first win of the week, Monroe scored at 27:41 to ensure the Chanticleers a 2-0 win over the College of Charleston. In Coastal’s Big South opener against VMI, Monroe rifled a 20-yard shot to score in the second minute of the game, as the Lady Chants picked up another 2-0 victory. The following day, Monroe beat Longwood’s goalie with just over 10 minutes left in the game to lead CCU to the 2-1 win. She now has 30 goals in her career at CCU. GUNNING NAMED BIG SOUTH PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) was named the Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 16. Gunning had a memorable week, taking part in six of Coastal’s eight goals. For the week she tallied four goals and two assists for 10 points to lead the Chanticleers to three wins. In Coastal’s first victory and shutout of the season, Gunning contributed an assist on the game-winning goal, as CCU defeated The Citadel, 3-0. In Coastal’s second game of the week against Wagner, she became the first Chanticleer to record a hat trick since Bobbie Parsons on Oct. 16, 2005, as the Lady Chants came from behind to top Wagner, 3-2. Her first goal came in the second half at 55:36 to tie the score at 1-1. Exactly one minute after the Seahawks scored to retake the lead, Gunning found the back of the net to knot the game at 2-2, and finished off her performance by scoring a goal at 79:29 to close out the game with a victory. In Coastal Carolina’s final contest of the week, Gunning scored the first goal of the game against North Florida at 16:38, and assisted on Coastal’s second goal to lead CCU to the 2-1 win. MONROE NOW SECOND TO ONE: Junior Blair Monroe’s (North Myrtle Beach, S.C./Little River) first goal of the season Sept. 12 in a 3-0 win over The Citadel moved her into second place on Coastal’s all-time points list. She passed Kristina Fisher and now has 75 points in her CCU career. Bobbie Parsons leads Coastal with 95 career points. Monroe also is second at Coastal in shots (162) and goals (34). COASTAL PICKED THIRD IN BIG SOUTH PRESEASON POLL: The Coastal Carolina University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish third in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll as voted by the League’s Head Women’s Soccer Coaches and Sports Information Directors, the conference announced today (Aug. 13). In addition, redshirt junior Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) finished runner-up in the voting for the Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Coastal received 98 points, including three first-place votes, to finish third in the balloting. Liberty was picked to win the conference, garnering 109 points and five first-place votes. Winthrop earned the second spot by one point, getting 99 points and a League-high six first-place votes. Coastal was followed by UNC Asheville (90 points, one first-place vote), High Point (59 points), Radford (57 points), Charleston Southern (45 points, one first-place vote) and VMI (19 points). McColl received three first-place votes and eight overall points to finish second in the Preseason Player of the Year voting. Winthrop’s Dimitra Poulos, the 2006 Big South Player of the Year, was named the Preseason Player of the Year with 11 first-place votes and 25 points. UP NEXT: Coastal travels to Spartanburg, S.C., to face USC Upstate Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.