|Longwood Freshman, Olivia Colella|
CONWAY, S.C. -- Longwood University dropped its first Big South Conference women’s soccer decision on Saturday afternoon, falling 2-0 on the road at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. The host Chanticleers (5-6, 2-2 Big South) scored a pair of second-half goals to secure their victory against the Lancers (8-4, 3-1 Big South). Longwood will return home to play again on Thursday, October 4, against visiting Big South member Winthrop University at the Athletics Complex in Farmville at 5:30 p.m.
“Looking back on the whole 90 minutes, Coastal Carolina deserved that result,” said 19th-year head coach Todd Dyer ‘93. “They put us under a lot of pressure and we just didn’t deal with it well enough. Offensively, we weren’t a consistent threat and that freed up their backs to get forward and create problems for us.
“We are capable of playing at a higher level and we have to show that against a strong Winthrop squad.”
Longwood and Coastal Carolina battled through a scoreless first half before Ashley Day scored the first goal in the 61st minute, assisted by Fia Jonsson. The Chanticleers added a late insurance goal in the 87th minute by Kacey Kelley. Keeper Megan Spencer did the rest with five saves en route to the shutout.
Coastal Carolina took a 12-7 advantage in shots, though it was 5-5 in attempts on goal, and 2-2 on corner kicks. JuniorKelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had three shots, two on goal, and freshman Olivia Colella|Herndon (Chantilly)added two shots, both on goal, to lead Longwood. Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with three saves.
Day and Kelley each had two shots for CCU, while Spencer played the duration for the Chanticleers with the five saves.
Longwood and Coastal Carolina were playing for the sixth time in the sport of women’s soccer, and the Chanticleers now lead the series, 5-1.