MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. The Coastal Carolina University womens soccer team had three players selected to the 2006 All-Big South Conference Team and had an All-Freshman Team honoree, the conference announced at the Big South Tournament banquet tonight (Nov. 1) in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Sophomore Blair Monroe (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and junior Ashleigh Gunning (Baton Rouge, La./Magnet (LSU)) were named to the first team, while sophomore Chelsea Terry (Charleston, S.C./James Island) was a second team selection. Freshman Maegan Hellberg (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was named to the All-Freshman Team and redshirt sophomore Emily McColl (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley) was selected to the Big South All-Academic Team.
In other specialty awards, Winthrops Dimitra Poulos was named the Player of the Year while her coach Melissa Heinz was named the Coach of the Year. VMIs Audrey Falconi was the Freshman of the Year and Libertys Mandee Wheelock and High Points Traci Andersen shared the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Monroe earns First Team All-Big South honors for the second year in a row, becoming the third player in Coastal history to earn the honor in back-to-back years. Monroe has played in all 18 games for the Lady Chanticleers and leads the team with 19 points. She is tied for second in the Big South and on the team with eight goals and now has 25 career goals at CCU. She has two goals in the opener against West Georgia and was named the Big South Player of the Week Aug. 29 after scoring three goals in two games. She scored game-winning goals against Campbell and The Citadel and scored in Big South games versus Liberty and Radford.
Gunning earns First Team honors her first season as a Lady Chanticleer. She has played in 14 games for the Lady Chants and has eight goals and two assists for 18 points. She is tied for second in the Big South with teammate Blair Monroe with eight goals and is tied for fourth in the conference in points. She scored two goals in a 3-1 win over Birmingham-Southern and connected on a penalty kick in the win over High Point Oct. 28. Gunning also scored the game-winning goal against Appalachian State and had a goal and an assist in the opener against West Georgia.
Terry earns Second Team All-Big South honors for the second season in a row. The sweeper has played in 15 games with 12 starts for Coastal and has two assists on the year. She assisted on goals in wins over The Citadel and Longwood. She also has been a key part of the Coastal defense that has recorded four shutouts and a 1.49 goals-against average.
Hellberg is part of the Big Souths inaugural All-Freshman Team. The defender has played and started in all 18 games and helped the defense record four shutouts on the season. Hellberg has one shot attempt against Winthrop Oct. 4.
McColl, who is a biology major with a 3.98 grade-point average, has played and started in all 18 games and has three goals and three assists for nine points. McColl had a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win over Appalachian State Sept. 2 and scored just 25 seconds into the game in a 2-2 tie against Wofford Sept. 4. She had assists in wins over VMI and Longwood and now has 19 points in her CCU career.
Coastal (12-5-1), the second seed, faces seventh-seeded Radford Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., in the first round of the 2006 Big South Womens Soccer Tournaement. Coastal defeated Radford 2-1 in the two squads earlier meeting Oct. 14.