Coastal Carolina's Late-Game Efforts Fall Short vs. Elon

CONWAY Trailing by five, Coastal Carolina scored three consecutive goals in the closing minutes of Saturday's game versus Elon, but ultimately fell short as the Phoenix held on to take a 12-10 win inside Brooks Stadium. The loss marks the first for the Chanticleers (2-3) at home this season while the win for Elon (3-3) is its first on the road.

The Phoenix scoring attack was propelled by Olivia Fernandez and Sydney Hesselbein, each of whom scored three goals. Molly Garrigan, Anna Vitton and Annie Shenk also pitched in with two goals apiece.

For the Chanticleers, sophomore Charlotte O'Leary followed up her three-goal performance against Stetson last Wednesday with four goals against the Phoenix, bringing her season total to nine. Freshman Alicia Geiter had three goals while Keri White, Rachel Waldron and Paige Timberg each contributed one. Mikayla Sweeney had one assist as did Rachel Ferrara, which extends her point streak to five games.

Waldron grabbed a game-high five draw controls and now leads the Chants with 15 on the season. White contributed four draw controls while Geiter caused a team-high three turnovers to go along with her three ground balls.

Coastal's offense took control of the scoreboard early, scoring three of the game's first four goals and causing Elon to take an early timeout. The Phoenix came out of the break rejuvenated, however, rattling off six straight goals to take a 7-3 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. Coastal's O'Leary and Geiter each converted free-position goals, and Elon's Garrigan scored once more before the half to give the Phoenix an 8-5 lead at the break.

Ferrara assisted on a Waldron goal to start the second, but unassisted tallies from Hasselbein and Garrigan put the Phoenix ahead by four.

Timberg netted her third goal of the season halfway through the period, but Elon quickly countered with two more markers to take a five goal lead. O'Leary scored twice, and Geiter once, in the closing minutes, but the Phoenix held their two-goal gap for the remainder of regulation.

Elon goalie Rachel Ramirez, who faced 29 Coastal shots, finished the game with 12 saves after playing all 60 minutes.

Coastal goalie Trista Kuehn made five saves and allowed six goals in almost 19 minutes in net. Kuehn, who was the goalie of record and is now 1-2, was replaced by freshman Maria Platsidakis, who recorded three saves, allowed five goals and played 26 minutes. Fellow freshman Jenna Stover was between the pipes for the final 14 minutes of play, making one save and allowing one goal.

The Chanticleers play their third game in five days on Monday, March 10, when they close out their home stand against George Mason. Opening draw is set for 6:00 p.m. at Brooks Stadium.

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CONWAY, S.C. Elon posted its third straight win and first of the season on the road today, March 8, with a 12-10 victory at Coastal Carolina.

Elon (3-3) picked up a season-high 27 ground balls and won 12 draw controls as five players scored on the day. Olivia Fernandez and Sydney Hesselbein each netted three goals, while Molly Garrigan, Anna Vitton and Annie Shenk all contributed two. Garrigan, Fernandez and Sloane Kessler also tallied assists in the win.

Phoenix goalie Rachel Ramirez picked up her third win of the season between the pipes after 12 saves on the day. Kessler grabbed seven ground balls for the maroon and gold, followed by six by Erin Murnane, while Elle Hvozdovic won three draws.

The Chanticleers started the game with two goals before Elon answered with a score by Shenk off a pass from Garrigan with 27:17 on the clock to make it a 2-1 game. After Coastal extended its advantage to two, Hesselbein netted her sixth goal of the season to put the Phoenix back within one score, 3-2.

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2014-03-08



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