Women’s Soccer Closes Out Regular Season at Home

Women’s Soccer Closes Out Regular Season at Home

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team returns to the CCU Soccer Stadium for the final two matches of the regular season as they play host to Little Rock on Friday before welcoming Arkansas State on Sunday Afternoon. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday and Noon ET on Sunday.

Notably, Friday will also be senior night for the Chanticleers. 


 
CCU enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-7-2 while holding a 3-4-1 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. Little Rock holds a 6-6-4 overall record and a 2-3-3 Sun Belt record while Arkansas State is 9-4-2 overall and 6-1-1 in conference play. 
 
 Fans can follow this weekend action below:
 Friday: Live StatsESPN+ 
 
 Sunday: Live StatsESPN+ 
 
The Chants are coming off a weekend split at Georgia Southern and Troy. The Chanticleers handed Georgia Southern a 4-1 defeat in historic fashion on the Eagles senior night (Oct. 15), before falling to the Trojans 2-0 on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 17).
 
 Friday’s Match Recap
Megan Brouse recorded her first career hat trick and the first for CCU since 2016, as the junior became the season-scoring leader for CCU with her six total goals. She kick-started the offense for the Chants when she connected on a pass from Taylor Tolson just two minutes into the contest putting CCU up 1-0. Just eight minutes later, Loranna Austin played a through ball to Brouse that she sent past Georgia Southern’s goalkeeper to double the Chants’ lead at 2-0. The Eagles tallied their lone goal of the match in the 12th minute, as Nora Falnes headed in a corner kick from teammate Taylor Regensburger.
 
The Chanticleers’ offense came out strong following the break. Brouse tallied her third goal of the night just seven minutes into the second half, increasing the Chanticleers’ lead to 3-1. Jordyn Smith tallied CCU’s final goal in the 88th minute as she played a rebound off the Eagles goalkeeper. 
 
 Sunday’s Match Recap
Troy looked to attack early, as Chloe Luliano’s shot in the 10th minute was blocked. Coastal Carolina recorded back-to-back shots in the 24th minute but we were unable to convert. Neither team was able to convert and went into the break tied at 0-0. 

Following halftime, the Trojans recorded their first goal of the afternoon in the 64th minute as Kate Eubanks found the back of the net through traffic, putting the hosts up 1-0. Five minutes later, Jordan Stack fired in a shot from nearly 30 yards out over the hands of Ky Hudson to add another goal for Troy.

SCOUTING THE TROJANS

  • Little Rock is coming off a 2-2 double-overtime draw against Georgia State last Sunday (Oct. 17). Trailing with 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Little Rock scored twice in the final nine minutes, including the game-tying goal from Karina De Paoli with just over a minute remaining in regulation. 
     
  • Little Rock will have the benefit of veteran experience in 2021, returning eight starters and 14 letterwinners from the 2020 campaign. Mariella Stephens is the top returner in both goals (three) and points (six), with Abril Lucio adding a pair of goals in 2020 and Bergros Asgeirsdottir notching three assists. Mari Young was the top shooting threat for Little Rock, taking a team-high 31 shots with 14 on goal.
     
  • The Trojans were picked seventh in the Sun Belt preseason poll after finishing the 2020-21 season with an overall record of 4-7-3 and 3-3-2 in conference play. Notably, Little Rock fell to No. 1 seeded South Alabama 4-3 on penalty kicks in the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals on Nov. 4.

 
SCOUTING THE RED WOLVES

  • A-State is coming off a 1-0 double-overtime golden goal victory over Appalachian State last Sunday (Oct. 17). Aliyah Williamson netted the golden goal in the 108th minute to give the Red Wolves their ninth victory of the season. 
     
  • The Red Wolves were picked second in the Sun Belt Preseason poll, receiving 110 total votes and two first-place nodes. Arkansas State senior forward Sarah Sodoma was dubbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while her teammate senior goalkeeper Megan McClure was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Sodoma was the Sun Belt Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2020, while McClain was the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.
     
  • Freshman Aliyah Williams leads the scoring offense for the Red Wolves as her seven goals and four game-winning goals leads A-State. Notably, the Millington, Tennessee native has logged just 643 minutes while appearing in all 15 matches so far this season. 

 
For complete coverage of CCU women’s soccer, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalWSoccer (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at goccusports.com.
 
 

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