Coastal Carolina Suffers Setback to Longwood

CONWAY – Coastal Carolina allowed seven second-half goals as the Longwood Lancers (4-7, 1-0) pulled away from the Chanticleers (3-8, 1-1) for a 13-9 win Friday evening at Brooks Stadium.

The Chants held the advantage in the early going, but a four-goal streak by Longwood midway through the first half gave the Lancers a lead they would protect for the remainder of the match.

Longwood took a 6-4 lead into halftime after slightly outshooting Coastal in the first half, 10-9.

The Lancers' offense continued to put pressure on the Chants' defense in the second half, scoring the first two goals and forcing Coastal goalie Jenna Stover from the net in favor of sophomore Trista Kuehn.

The teams traded goals for the remainder the game, with Longwood continuing to protect their slight lead.

Longwood's offense was propelled by the five goals of Kacey Norwood, who now leads the Lancers with 26 on the season. The Lancers were backstopped by Christian Acker, who made six saves in the winning effort to go along with her four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Freshman Alicia Geiter paced the Chants offensively with three goals, including back-to-back tallies less than two minutes apart in the second half that cut Longwood's lead to just three. Sophomores Keri White and Rachel Waldron tallied two goals each for the second consecutive game. Sara Nolan's team-leading 22nd goal of the season was assisted by junior Lily Yednock, who also found the back of the net once.

Nolan outdueled her opponents in the center circle, winning a game-high six draw controls, while sophomore Nyra Constant led the Chants in ground balls, scooping three of the team's 22.

Stover played the first 36 minutes in net, stopping two shots and scooping two ground balls before being replaced by Kuehn, who closed out the game with one save and three ground balls.

Longwood and Coastal finished the game with 21 shots on each side. Longwood held a slight 28-22 edge in ground balls while Coastal dominated in the center circle, winning 17 of 24 draw controls.

The Chants host defending Big South champions High Point on Sunday to close out their three-game home stand. The opening draw between the Chants and Panthers is set for 2:00 p.m. at Brooks Stadium.

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CONWAY, S.C. – Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly logged a game-high five goals to lead Longwood University to a 13-9 victory at Big South Conference opponent Coastal Carolina University (3-8, 1-1) in the squad's league opener on Friday evening in Conway, S.C.

Three Lancers recorded three points apiece to add to the offensive effort, including sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia. Longwood (4-7, 1-0) will remain on the road this weekend, traveling to conference foe Winthrop University on Sunday, April 6 for a 12:00 p.m. tilt.

“We're really excited to get our first conference win,” said head coach Elaine Jones. “We worked on improving so many little things this week and the team did a great job today of executing everything we worked on both offensively and defensively. They also did a great job of sticking to our game plan. We look forward to carrying this momentum into our next game.”

Both Longwood and Coastal registered 21 shots apiece in the contest, but the Lancers picked up more ground balls, 28-22. In addition to Butler, senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington (2 goals, 1 assist) and junior Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. (3 assists) notched three points apiece, as well. Sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke led the squad with six ground balls, while Butler posted three draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. turned away six shots in the complete-game performance.

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