Strong Second Half Lifts Coastal Carolina Past Stetson

CONWAY Coastal Carolina took a gritty 15-5 victory over the visiting Stetson Hatters in the rain and near-freezing temperatures at Brooks Stadium on Wednesday night. The Chanticleers (2-2) rebounded from a slow first half to pour 12 goals into the Stetson (0-7) net in the second.

Despite the sloppy field conditions, nine Chants managed to find the back of the net. The Coastal scoring attack was led by sophomores Charlotte O'Leary, Keri White and Rachel Ferrera, each of whom had three goals. White and Ferrara additionally recorded one assist apiece to tie for the game-high in points with four. Fellow sophomores Mikayla Sweeney, Sara Nolan, Rachel Waldron, Morgan Gott and Caitlin Krazter each had one goal while freshman Alicia Geiter added one as well.

The two teams remained scoreless for the first four minutes of the game as each side tried to find their footing in the rain. White finally broke the ice for the Chants on an unassisted goal that gave Coastal a 1-0 lead for the next nine minutes. The Chants continued to fire shots at the Hatters' net, but Stetson's Calli Guilday was equal to the task, making seven saves on 11 shots in the first half.

A pair of Stetson goals midway through the first period was countered by a Coastal pair, courtesy of Gott and Ferrara, to give the Chants a 3-2 lead with three minutes remaining. Stetson's Lindsay Summers took a pass from Maylis Broderick and buried it with just over two minutes remaining to send the teams into halftime with a 3-3 tie.

The Chanticleer offense came out with a purpose in the second half, scoring seven straight goals to take a commanding 10-4 lead. White started the goal parade with an unassisted shot three minutes into the half, followed by two consecutive goals from Ferrara just 16 seconds apart. O'Leary joined with two of her own followed by Nolan's eleventh goal of the season. Sweeney closed out the seven-goal run at 20:15 of the second half.

Summers broke Stetson's goal drought with 19:15 left in the game, but the Chanticleer offense went right back work, scoring four consecutive goals in nine minutes. Stetson's MaryKate O'Sullivan added the Hatters' final goal on a free position shot with a little over five minutes to go, and White wrapped up the contest for the Chants with her third goal of the night.

Coastal netminder Trista Kuehn made two saves and recorded the win for the Chants, giving her a season record of 1-1. Guilday finished the game with an impressive 11 saves and seven groundballs for the Hatters.

The Chants tied a single-game program record with 36 shots compared to 14 from Stetson. Coastal also edged Stetson in ground balls 35-27, draw controls 16-6 and committed just 22 turnovers compared to Stetson's 29. Coastal's midfield and defense was active throughout the night, limiting Stetson's successful clears to just 12 in 23 attempts.

Coastal has a quick turnaround before its next game against first-year program Elon. The opening draw for the Chants and Flames is set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Brooks Stadium.

2014-03-05



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