- Ian Brooking
Coastal women’s soccer bounce back after tough losses
After a 9-1 loss to Georgia on Sept. 10 and dropping their Sun Belt Conference opener on Friday, Sept. 15 to Georgia Southern, the Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team took down Texas State on Sunday, Sept. 17 by a score of 1-0 in Conway.
Coastal took on Georgia Southern at home on Friday and fell to the Eagles 1-0.
It was a battle of the keepers in Friday’s game as both goalkeepers combined for 15 saves. Freshman goalkeeper for Coastal Rylee Atteberry had seven saves.
The Chanticleers had three chances for a breakthrough goal in the first 20 minutes of the game. Freshman forward Elisabeth Rockhill had her shots in the 9th and 16th-minute saved by the Eagles goalkeeper.
Sophomore defender Kylie Bostick almost got a goal, but her shot hit the post and the Georgia Southern defense cleared the ball out of danger.
Georgia Southern instantly responded with a shot off the post and then the rebound shot was saved by Atteberry.
Going into the half, Coastal outshot Georgia Southern 7 to 5. However, as much as Coastal had the advantage, it was the Eagles that would strike first.
Following some craziness and confusion inside the box after a corner kick, Nicole Aussin found the back of the net and put the Eagles up 1-0 in the 55th-minute.
While the Eagles did outshoot the Chanticleers in the second half 6 to 3, the Chanticleers controlled the final 10 minutes and almost found an equalizer through senior forward Daniella Famili.
Famili made her way into the box on a perfect one-one-one situation with the keeper and was brought down by a Georgia Southern defender. However, no foul was called, the play went on and the Chanticleers fell to the Eagles 1-0.
The Chanticleers would bounce on Sunday, Sept. 17, defeating Texas State 1-0 in Conway.
In a game where Coastal had very little scoring opportunities, they made the most of the few chances they were able to create. Coastal opened the scoring in the 10th-minute thanks to a goal scored by junior forward Kayla Christian.
Famili played in Christian on a through ball and Christian pushed the ball past the keeper and into the bottom left corner. Christian’s goal would be one of five shots that the Chanticleers had in the entire game.
Texas State outshot the Chanticleers 15 to 5 in the game, and Atteberry had another seven save game for the Chanticleers.
Atteberry has made 42 saves this season already, the same amount legendary Coastal keeper Becca Austin had—42 saves in her sophomore season back in 2012. Atteberry’s play has definitely helped Coastal Carolina get to where they are at this season.
The win on Friday put the Chants at 6-3-0 on the season and return to the pitch on Friday, Sept. 22 at the CCU soccer complex in Conway. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.