Coastal Picks Up Lone Women's Soccer Win on Sunday

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Coastal Blanks Francis Marion
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team (1-1-0) notched a 3-0 shutout victory over Francis Marion (0-1-0) in the Chants' home opener Sunday night at the CCU Soccer Field.
 
Senior forward Anna Lowe, sophomore midfielder Rylie Johnson and sophomore Kacey Kelley scored the goals as the Chanticleers picked up their first victory over the Patriots in five meetings.
 
Sophomore defender Maddie Phillips dished out two assists, while freshman midfielder Fia Jonsson had one. Junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer made four saves to record her first career shutout.
 
Coming off a solid season-opening performance against Kentucky on Friday, the Chants controlled play throughout against Francis Marion, beginning right away with a shot by junior Christine Stern in the first minute that forced a diving save.
 
Coastal found the back of the net twice in the opening half, both goals coming off of well-placed balls into the box in the air by Phillips. The first was on a corner kick, which Lowe headed into the right corner in the 16th minute. Ten minutes later, Phillips sent a free kick from 35 yards out into the middle and Johnson headed it over the leaping Francis Marion goalkeeper into the top of the net.
 
Kelley capped the scoring a little over six minutes into the second half. Jonsson sent a through-pass through the middle and Kelley put a quick shot off the drawn-out keeper and the ball took a high bounce forward into the goal.
 
The Chants coasted from there, finishing the game with commanding advantages in shots (16-5) and corner kicks (10-3). Francis Marion was limited to just one shot in the second half.
 
The Chanticleers return to action next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against Western Michigan in the Coastal Carolina Soccer Classic. The first game of the tournament between Western Michigan and College of Charleston will be played on Friday at 5 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Field.

Longwood Falls at Home During THE G.A.M.E. to VCU, 3-0
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University dropped a 3-0 non-conference women's soccer decision to visiting VCU of the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) during The G.A.M.E. 3.0 (Greatest Athletics March Ever) on Sunday night at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.  The Lancers (1-1) and Rams (1-0-1) battled scoreless through the first half before the visitors scored three goals within 15 minutes in the second half, including what proved to be the game-winner by Breiana White in the 48th minute.  The G.A.M.E. 3.0, a special community event of pre-game festivities, was played before an enthusiastic and supportive crowd of over 1,700.  Longwood will host the University of Richmond, also of the A-10, on Friday night, August 24, at the Athletics Complex in Farmville beginning at 7 p.m.
   
Longwood and VCU were scoreless at the intermission, though the Rams had a 6-2 advantage in shots at the break.  VCU scored early in second half when White was successful on a header from a cross by Maren Johansen at 47:08.  The Rams made it 2-0 in the 58th minute as Courtney Conrad took a pass from White in the box and beat the keeper left.  VCU added its third goal in the 62nd minute when Bex Kunz scored unassisted on a shot that got through the keeper's hands while one-on-one.  The Lancers battled back with several scoring opportunities over the final 30 minutes but could not move the net.
   
VCU took an 11-10 edge in shots, including 5-3 in attempts on goal, though Longwood had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.  Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had three shots, including one on goal while senior captain Natalie Massey|Virginia Beach (Landstown) added three shots as well.  Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills. E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with two saves.
   
Kunz had three shots to lead VCU, while keeper Emma Kruse played the duration for the Rams with two saves.
   
Longwood and VCU were playing for the third time in the sport of women's soccer as the Rams now lead the series at 3-0.

Radford Falls at No. 7 Virginia, 5-0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Behind three first-half goals, seventh-ranked Virginia defeated Radford, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon from Klockner Stadium.
 
Goals from Kate Norbo (17th), Makenzy Doniak (24th) and Gloria Douglass (31st) and two saves by Danielle DeLisle keyed the Cavaliers (1-1) in their first-half advantage. Doniak also dished out a pair of assists, while Danielle Colaprico and Kalli Torres added second half scores for Virginia.

Six different Highlanders (1-1) recorded a shot. Sophomore Stephanie Herb (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson Secondary) and junior Sydney Golden's (Lexington, Kent./Paul L. Dunbar) put their attempts on frame.

Junior Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) made three saves in 68:21 of action. Junior Lexy Eckerle (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) closed out the final 21:17 in net for Radford.

The Highlanders had two opportunities to get on the board in the first 26 minutes, including a chance by Herb in the 11th minute that would have given Radford an early advantage, but DeLisle stopped that attempt, along with Golden's shot in the 26th minute.

Radford is off until next Sunday when it heads to Johnson City, Tenn. for a 1:00 p.m. contest at East Tennessee State.

ETSU Edges UNC Asheville 2-1 in 2 OT in Women's Soccer
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Morgan Thomas scored with less than three minutes left in the second overtime period to give visiting East Tennessee State a 2-1 victory over UNC Asheville Sunday afternoon at Greenwood Field.

The Bulldogs (0-2-0) tied the match late in regulation when sophomore forward Amanda Dailor headed in a ball into the back of the net with less than six minutes left.

The loss marked the second straight 2-1 defeat for a young Asheville club that was without three starters today. The Bulldogs fell at Eastern Kentucky 2-1 Friday night.

The winning goal came at 107:43. Ramey Kerns crossed a ball to Thomas who was one-on-one with the keeper. Her shot from eight yards out just sailed over Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller's hands and into the back of the net.

Both goalkeepers were spectacular for each club. ETSU goalkeeper Sierra Campbell kept the Lady Bucs in the match in the first half as she made 11 saves. Asheville out-shot the Bucs 15-6 in the opening half. The Bulldogs came incredibly close to scoring three different times only to have Campbell make point-blank saves on two shots. Another shot was cleared off the line by an ETSU defender. Campbell finished the match with 15 saves.

Muller was spectacular for the Bulldogs in the second half and both overtime periods. She had two saves in the second half and then four in the first overtime period, including two from six yards out. The sophomore goalkeeper had 11 saves on the day.

Asheville dominated the first half but the match was scoreless. The Lady Bucs struck quickly to start the second half for the first goal of the game. Sarah Zadrazil made a perfect pass to Kerns who scored from six yards out 13 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 ETSU lead.

It looked like it would stay that way as Campbell continued to deny the Bulldogs. She made four saves in the second half.

Finally the Bulldogs got on the board. ETSU was whistled for a foul near midfield. Freshman Melanie sent the free kick into the goal area when Dailor was able to head the ball into the back of the goal at 84:42.

Asheville finished with a 26-24 advantage in shots on the day. Dailor took nine shots for the Blue & White. ETSU dominated both overtime periods in shot as it held a 10-2 advantage.

The Bulldogs are on the road at UNC Greensboro next Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Liberty Falls in Home Opener to Drexel
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Looking to build off a 1-0 win over Davidson this past Friday, the Liberty women's soccer team opened its home slate against Drexel, Sunday afternoon. Despite outshooting the Dragons and holding the advantage in corner kicks, the Lady Flames were unable to find the net in the contest, allowing the visitors to pick up the 1-0 win at Osborne Stadium.

Melissa Chapman scored the Dragons' lone goal in the first half thanks to a Gabby Dixon assist.

Liberty falls to 1-1 on the season, while Drexel improves to 1-1 following a 2-0 loss to Big South newcomer Longwood on Friday.

The Dragons attempted to get on the board early with two shots in the opening eight minutes. Freshman forward Crystal Elmers, who scored the game-winning goal against Davidson this past Friday, tried keep the momentum going with a shot in the 11th minute. However, the blast by the Fenwick, Ontario native sailed wide.

Later in the 20th minute, Pereira fired off her first of five shots on the day. Drexel goalkeeper Eve Badana was there to make the stop, keeping the game scoreless.

The Dragons recorded their lone goal just before the 29th minute. Sydney Douglas booted a corner kick which came off the post. After a scramble in the box, Dixon flicked a pass to Melissa Champan who tapped it into the Liberty net, giving the Dragons a 1-0 advantage.

Casey Norris tried to even things just before the end of the period, but Badana was there to thwart the attempt and maintain the Dragons' lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Flames had three corner kick opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, but were unable to capitalize.

Pereira continued to be factor offensively for Liberty, taking another shot at goal in the 61st minute that was stuffed by Badana. Five minutes later, the Bristol Conn., native belted a shot off a free kick. Fortunately for the Dragons, Badana was able to get in front of the ball and put her hands up just in time to prevent a potential game tying goal.

Pereira took her final shot on goal in the 84th minute. Once again, Badana was there to make the save, which ultimately gave way to 1-0 final.

Liberty outshot the Dragons in the contest, 9-6, and held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Badana played the entire 90 minutes for the Dragons in the net, finishing with five saves. Karen Blocker also spent the full contest in between the pipes for the Lady Flames.

Liberty heads up to Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday to take on No. 7 Virginia. The Cavaliers are coming off a 5-0 win over defending Big South champion Radford, earlier this afternoon. Game time at Klöckner Stadium between the Lady Flames and Cavaliers is slated for 7 p.m.

High Point Loses on the Road at No. 25 Auburn, 4-1
The High Point University women's soccer team fell to No. 25 Auburn University, the defending SEC champions, by a score of 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in Auburn, Ala. Junior Becca Hemby scored her second goal in as many games for the Panthers.
 
Auburn scored twice in each half to take a 4-0 lead in the contest. The Tiger's Tori Ball scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of the game while Mary Coffed and Alexa Allen each scored in the second half.
 
High Point outshot Auburn, 5-3, in the final 20 minutes of the game and in the 75th minute Hemby scored her second goal of the season to make the score 4-1. Hemby brought down a pass from sophomore defender Alise LeCompte off a free kick and rifled a shot to the left post for the Panthers' first score. Sophomore Jacky Kessler had a shot saved and another hit off the crossbar and senior Danielle Schepler forced a late save in the closing minutes for HPU.
 
Junior goalkeeper Jesse May recorded double-digit saves for a second-straight game, stopping 11 of the Tigers' shots in the game.
 
The Panthers will next return home for their first game of 2012 at Vert Track, Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium next Friday, Aug. 24, when they play host to Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. HPU is 1-1-0 in two meetings with Tennessee Tech since joining Div. I.

Winthrop Women's Soccer Game With The Citadel Postponed
ROCK HILL, SC - The Winthrop women's soccer team's season-opening contest against The Citadel Bulldogs has been postponed due to inclement weather in the Rock Hill area on Sunday.

The game will be made up on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in Rock Hill.

The Lady Eagles will now open their 2012 regular season on Sunday, Aug. 26 at home with a 2 p.m. contest against the Western Carolina Catamounts.