Coastal & Charleston Southern Rivalry Ends in Draw
Coastal Carolina 1, Charleston Southern 1 (2OT)
CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina women's soccer played Charleston Southern to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening at the Coastal Carolina Soccer Field. The tie moves both Coastal (2-12-2 overall) and Charleston Southern (7-7-1 overall) to identical 2-4-1 Big South marks.
The Chanticleer struck first in the match as freshman Kacey Kelley netted the second goal of her young career in the 54th minute of play. Kelley received a pass from Jessie Benchley near the top of the '18, took two touches and unloaded a low-lying blast inside the right post. Benchley, a senior, was credited with the first assist of her career.
After the goal, the Chanticleers continued to attack the Buccaneers' defense tallying five shots (two on goal) over the next nine minutes of play. However, the Buccaneer netminder would rise to the occasion each time to keep the Chanticleer advantage to only one.
After several threatening possessions that were turned away by the Chanticleers, Charleston Southern finally broke through in the 84th minute as Katelyn Faucette scored her second goal of the season. The scoring play was set up by a Coastal foul 10-yards from the edge of the '18. Olivia Urig launched the direct kick high and to the head of Faucette who had crashed into the box from the right. Faucette's header would sneak past the outstretched arms of Chanticleer keeper Megan Spencer to knot the score at 1-1.
Neither team would afford the other a scoring opportunity through the remainder of regulation.
Coastal forced two corner kicks early in the first overtime period, but sound defensive play by the Buccaneers prevent the Chants from attempting a shot. Charleston Southern would attempt two shots late in the period, however, neither proved to be a scoring threat.
Shelby Evans nearly netted the game-winner three minutes into the final stanza as she broke free from her defender and launched a shot just wide of the goal. Benchley provided Coastal with one final shot four minutes later as she ripped a line drive from 25-yards out that was saved by the Buccaneer keeper.
The two sides finished the game even with 14 total shots; however, Coastal did hold a 7-6 margin in shots on goal. Coastal tallied seven corner kicks to Charleston Southern's one.
Spencer, making only her second start in goal, recorded six saves as her counterpart, Caitlin Cody, totaled seven.
Coastal will play its 12th and final regular season game away from Conway at Campbell on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5:00pm. Coastal fell to Campbell in last season's meeting, 3-2, after jumping out to an early two goal lead in the first 70 minutes of play.
Charleston Southern will be back in action against Big South Conference 2nd ranked Campbell at Buccaneer Field with a kick-off slated for 11 a.m. With only a handful of matches left to play the eight Big South Conference tournament spots are up for grabs and every game is crucial.