Asheville & Coastal Kick In Thursday Wins
Coastal Women's Soccer Shuts Out Elon
ELON, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team posted a convincing 3-0 victory over Elon Thursday night to even its record at 2-2 and already equal its win total of last year.
Senior forward Ashley Day scored two goals less than seven minutes apart in the first half and freshman midfielder Fia Jonsson added her first career goal in the 74th minute, giving the Chanticleers' a three-goal output in a game for the second time this season.
Elon (1-2-1) recorded the game's first shot in the 12th minute, but it was all Chants from that point. They outshot the Phoenix 7-1 over the remainder of the half, with freshman forward Charlotte Ratcliff putting two attempts on goal, one of them a header, and Jonsson getting off a pair of shots. The second of those was stopped by the Phoenix goalkeeper, but the rebound came to Day right in front and she put home the goal less than two minutes after she had entered the game.
Day found the net again on Coastal's next shot attempt as sophomore forward Shelby Evans chipped a pass into the box to Day, who beat the goalkeeper to the left corner for her fifth career tally. Day's two-goal effort was the first in a game by a Chanticleer since Hannah Brown scored twice in the Big South Tournament championship game in 2010. The assist by Evans was the first of her career.
Coastal continued to control play once the second half began, firing off three consecutive shots in a span of a minute and 43 seconds, two of which were saved. Jonsson then scored less than five minutes after picking up a yellow card. Shortly after a corner kick by freshman Camille Christie, the Elon goalkeeper came out to a challenge a ball and Jonsson put it in the empty net from 25 yards out.
Even with the three-goal lead, the Chants kept the pressure on, again reeling off three consecutive shots in a short period. They finished the game with a dominating 14-4 edge in shots, putting nine of them on goal, compared to zero for the Phoenix. Junior Megan Spencer and freshman Faith Farley combined on the shutout. Spencer played the first 84 minutes before Farley made her first career appearance.
Coastal won despite again being without senior Morgan Thomas and junior Christina Stern due to injuries. Sophomores Kacey Kelley and Rylie Johnson also did not see action after being shaken up in Sunday's game against Western Michigan. Instead, a total of five freshman were in head coach Paul Hogan's starting lineup against the Phoenix. Joining Ratcliff, Jonsson and Christie were Miki Antzoulatos and Megan Wagner.
The Chanticleers return home Sunday to face Wofford, the second of three straight Southern Conference opponents. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Field.
UNC Asheville Women's Soccer Downs USC Upstate, 5-1
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Freshman Paige Trent scored three goals to lead UNC Asheville to its first win of the season as the Bulldogs blasted USC Upstate 5-1 at County University Stadium.
The Bulldogs (1-3) got two goals from Trent in the first half to help stake the Blue & White to a 3-0 halftime lead. It was Asheville's first non-conference road win since the 2009 season.
Asheville took charge early in the match with two quick goals.
Trent took a pass from Kaitlyn Eckert and went by a defender and scored her first career goal at the 11:06 mark for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
Eckert made it 2-0 in the 12th minute. After Upstate was called for a foul, Eckert scored on a free kick from 20 yards out to pad the lead to 2-0 at the 12:32 mark. It was the sophomore forward's second goal of the season.
Trent added her second goal of the game right before halftime as she scored unassisted at 44:18 to give Asheville a 3-0 halftime lead.
The freshman picked up her third goal and the hat trick in the 53rd minute. She took advantage of a Spartan miscue in the back and scored at 53:35 to increase Asheville's lead to 4-0.
USC Upstate got on the board in the 56th minute when a shot from Erica Kotterer snuck into the goal to cut the Bulldog lead to 4-1.
Freshman Bria West earned her first goal of her career to finish the scoring. Kennedy Garrett sent a pass to West who scored at 66:51.
The Bulldogs out-shot the home team, 22-8. Heather Muller made one save to earn her first win of the year.
Asheville hosts Albany Sunday afternoon at Greenwood Field starting at Noon.
Presbyterian College Women's Soccer Comes Up Short at Wofford, 1-0
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College women's soccer team dropped a close road non-conference match on Thursday night, falling to Wofford, 1-0.
PC moves to 0-4-0 on the year. Wofford improves to 2-1-0.
An early second half goal gave the Terriers their only score in a close matchup.
PC goalkeeper Jordan Broadway (Chapin, S.C.) made four saves on the night, stopping two shots in each half.
The Blue Hose kept Wofford off of the scoreboard in the opening period and worked to create attacking chances. Broadway stopped a hard shot 36 seconds after the opening whistle and made another save in the 35th minute to take the teams into halftime tied, 0-0.
PC created an opportunity with a corner kick late in the period, but a low cross from Sophie Cobb (Columbia, S.C.) stayed out of the net.
The Terriers struck shortly after halftime, as Emily Bougas finished a breakaway with a shot into the bottom right corner of the net to put Wofford ahead 1:03 into the half, 1-0.
Catie Smith (Greenville, S.C.), Sara Simpson (Columbia, S.C.) and other Blue Hose pushed the ball deep into the Wofford end midway through the second half but could not convert.
A pair of corner kicks resulted in a blocked shot for Rebecca Miller (Pauline, S.C.) but PC found another chance minutes later, when Cobb ripped a shot from outside the box that goalkeeper Erika Christensen had to dive to stop.
The Blue Hose continued to push the ball at the Wofford net, creating four corner kicks in a 15-minute span late in the game. PC also held the home side without a corner kick on the evening.
PC heads home for its Edens Field at Martin Stadium debut on Sunday, hosting Furman at 7 p.m. The game will also be streamed on the Big South Network.