Women's Soccer Defeats Radford 4-0 in First Round of the Big South Tournament
CONWAY, S.C. Ashleigh Gunnings two second-half goals led No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina to a 4-0 win over No. 7 seed Radford in the fourth game of the Big South Women's Soccer Tournament Thursday night at CCU Soccer Field on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The win is Coastals first-ever in the Big South Tournament, and the Lady Chanticleers advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2001, when they reached the semifinals by virtue of penalty kicks following a double-overtime game. The host Chants face No. 3 seed Liberty Friday night at 7:30pm.
Laura Weiler opened up the scoring at 13:38 in the first half with a header in the box, with assistance from Blair Monroe. Coastals defense kept Radford at bay, allowing just four shots and none on goal in the first stanza, while Coastal had five shots, with four on net.
At 54:08, Gunning added a header of her own from Simone Borucinski to give the Lady Chanticleers an insurance goal, pushing their lead to 2-0. Gunning put the game away at 81:50 with her second goal of the contest, this time coming from the top of the box. With 1:28 remaining, Heather Barnes scored on a breakaway with a goal from 10 yards out past RU keeper Tara Oleartchick.
Coastal goalkeeper Jaclyn Stoll earned the win and made one save on the night. Oleartchick finished with five saves in the losing effort. Coastal is now 13-5-1 and ties a school record for wins in a season. Radfords season ends at 7-11-0.
Coastal Carolina head coach Rohan Naraine We played a little better in the second half and we created chances. Radford is a great team and the difference was we capitalized on our chances and put the game away. I was very happy with the way we played and our effort in the second half.
Radford head coach Ben Sohrabi Coastal is a great team. They finished their opportunities and punished our mistakes. We did some decent things tonight and I do not believe the score reflects the game.