CONWAY, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team (12-5-1, 6-2 Big South) used a goal from sophomore Heather Haupt (West Springfield, Va./West Springfield) with eight seconds remaining to get a 4-3 win over High Point (4-14, 3-5 Big South) Oct. 28 in the regular-season finale for both teams. Coastal had a 3-1 lead with 14 minutes remaining, but High Point scored two goals in a nine-minute span to tie the game.
With the win, Coastal wrapped up a second-place finish in the Big South and earns the second seed in the 2006 Big South Tournament, which will take place at the CCU Soccer Field.
High Point got on the board first at 4:41 as Reine DeLaat blasted a 25-yard shot into the left corner. The Lady Chanticleers tied the game at one at 22:49 when junior Emma Humphries (Wellington, New Zealand/Samuel Marsden College (Cal State Fulerton) received a pass from senior Stepheney Gerhardt (Mohawk, N.Y./Ilion (Herkimer C.C.)) at the top of the box and scored. It was her third goal of the season.
High Point outshot Coastal 5-4 in the first half, while Coastal had a 5-3 corner-kick advantage. Senior Jaclyn Stoll (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) and High Points Hannah Nail both had one first-half save.
Gerhardt scored on a chip from the right side of the box at 65:29, giving CCU a 2-1 lead. Less than four minutes later, junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) connected on a penalty kick to give the Lady Chants a two-goal advantage. High Point trimmed the lead to 3-2 at 76:50 when Laura Eldridge headed in a DeLaat throw in past Stoll. The game would be tied as Eldridge scored on a penalty kick at 85:04. With just eight seconds remaining, Haupt received a touch pass from Gerhardt in the box and beat Nail to give CCU the one-goal victory.
High Point ended the game with a 14-10 shot advantage. Coastal had six corner kicks on the night, compared to three for the Panthers. Both goalkeepers ended the game with three saves.
Gerhardt led CCU with three shots, while High Points Traci Andersen, Eldridge and Karolina Straby all had three shots for the Panthers.
Coastal will face seventh-seeded Radford in the first round of the 2006 Big South Womens Soccer Tournament Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The rest of the tournament field will be announced Sunday evening.