Oct. 26, 2012
CONWAY - After a one-year absence, the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team returns to Big South Conference Tournament play as the Chanticleers travel to Rock Hill for a quarterfinal matchup against Winthrop on Saturday, Oct. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Coastal (10-8-1) is seeded fifth in the 2012 Big South Championship, presented by Musco Sports Lighting, while Winthrop (10-6-2) is the fourth seed. The Chants finished 7-4-0 in conference play, totaling 21 points, while the Eagles went 7-2-2 for 23 points. The winner advances to face either top-seeded High Point or eighth-seeded Charleston Southern in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2.
Winthrop edged the Chanticleers 3-2 in the teams' regular-season matchup, which was also played in Rock Hill. The Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Coastal rallied to control play much of the remainder of the first half, recording eight consecutive shots and cutting the deficit in half on a goal by Kacey Kelley. Winthrop regained the two-goal lead in the 62nd minute before Fia Jonsson made it 3-2 in the 85th minute. The Chants finished the game with a 15-13 advantage in shots, while the Eagles had an 8-6 edge in attempts on goal.
Coastal went on to win seven of its next nine games to reach double-digit victories for the seventh time in program history and take fifth place in the Big South after being picked eighth in the league's preseason poll. Along the way, the Chanticleers rewrote the program's record book in several team and individual categories.
The squad's eight shutouts this season are the second-most in school history and just one off the record set in 2007. Individually, junior Megan Spencer has recorded six shutouts, ranking her second behind the nine of Amy Haggard in 2007. Spencer's current 1.03 goals against average would be third-best among Coastal goalkeepers for a season. Additionally, the Chants have allowed just 17 total goals to this point, five fewer than the current all-time season mark of 22 established in 2003 and equaled in 2007.
Offensively, Kelley has scored nine goals to tie for 10th place, equaling Blair Monroe's season total in 2007. The sophomore forward is also currently eighth on the school's list for shots in a season with 65, just behind Monroe's 68 in 2005 and 66 in 2007. Jonsson, meanwhile, has dished out five assists to tie with five others for ninth-best all-time.
Senior defender Cami Skladany has moved into a tie for fifth place in career matches played with 78, equaling the number of Bobbie Parsons from 2002-05.
Kelley ranks third in the Big South in goals per game and shots per game, fifth in points per game and is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (3). Jonsson is tied for seventh in the conference in assists and tied for eighth in goals. Spencer ranks fourth in the league in goals against average and shutouts.
Winthrop comes into the match on a five-game unbeaten streak, with four victories and a tie with Radford. The Eagles finished the regular season ranked first in the Big South in goals with 41 and points with 114 and are led by the sophomore duo of forward Krystyna Freda and midfielder Grace Radler. Freda, the Preseason Attacking Player of the Year, scored a conference-best 13 goals during the regular season and tied for the league lead with 31 points. Radler dished out a Big South-best 11 assists and was second on the team with 21 points. On the defensive end, Winthrop is tied for fifth in the conference in goals allowed with 23.
Tickets for the Coastal-Winthrop game will be $2 for college students with a valid ID card, $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults. The two semifinal matchups and the Nov. 4 championship game will be played at Eagle Field in Rock Hill. The quarterfinals and semifinals can be seen online on the Big South Network and title game will air on ESPN3.
Big South Women's Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting
Saturday, Oct 27 - Quarterfinals
Game 1: No. 5 Coastal Carolina at No. 4 Winthrop, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Charleston Southern at No. 1 High Point, 7 p.m.
Game 3: No. 7 Campbell at No. 2 Radford, 7 p.m.
Game 4: No. 6 Liberty at No. 3 Longwood, 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2 - Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 - Championship
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2 p.m.