Coastal’s Kelley, Hogan join seven on All-Big South list

ccuwsoc-kelley21Senior forward Kacey Kelley was named the Big South Conference Attacking Player of the Year, Paul Hogan was selected the league’s Coach of the Year and seven Chanticleer players were honored as part of its 2014 season awards, which were announced on Friday.

Kelley is joined on the All-Big South first team by sophomore defender Amber Adams, while senior defender Rylie Johnson and sophomore midfielder Sam Patterson were tabbed to the second team. Daniella Famili and Brenna Leftwich were selected to the All-Freshman Team and senior Maddie Phillips was named to the All-Academic Team for the second straight year.

Kelley becomes just the second Coastal Carolina woman to earn a Big South Player of the Year award, joining CCU Hall of Famer Ashleigh Gunning, who took the honors in 2007 and 2008.

After earning all-conference first-team honors as a sophomore and a second-team selection last year, Kelley saved her best season for her final campaign. She tallied career highs of 11 goals and 26 points to rank second in the conference in both categories. The goal total is tied for fourth-most in program history while the 26 points are sixth-best. The native of Ashburn, Va., stepped it up a notch at the start of conference play, scoring at least a point in the first six Big South games as Coastal started 5-0 in the league.  Kelley also dished out all four of her assists in conference matches, including two on game-winning goals. She also scored three-game winners, two of them in Big South games. For her career, she ranks fourth in CCU history with 27 goals and 64 points.

Hogan is the third Chanticleer to earn Coach of the Year honors, along with Karrie Miller (2000, 2003) and Rohan Naraine (2007). In his fourth season in Conway, Hogan guided the Chants to a runner-up spot in the regular season with a 7-2-1 record, their best finish since 2010. He has led Coastal to 10-win seasons in each of the last three years, including a 21-10-1 mark in conference games.

Adams established herself as a force all over the field in her second season with the Chants. She started all 19 games and logged a team-high 1,701 minutes, playing 90 or more in all but three contests, including nine of the 10 Big South games. The outside back helped Coastal limit opponents to just six total goals in conference play, the second fewest of any team, while recording four shutouts against league foes. Adams also pushed forward to help Coastal control the midfield and set up offense from the attacking wing, recording 13 shots and one assist.

The second-team nod for Johnson is her second conference honor, following up her first-team selection last year. She made 18 starts at both centerback and as a midfielder and ranked third on the team in minutes this season with 1,519, including 90 or more 10 games. In addition to playing a key role in Coastal’s defensive success with six shutouts and six goals allowed in conference play, she also ranked fifth on the team with 16 shots and tallied one goal.

Patterson earned her first conference accolade after starting all 19 games and ranking second among Chanticleers with 1,568 minutes. She logged 90 minutes or more in 10 games and played at least 78 minutes into eight of the 10 Big South contests. Patterson led the way for Coastal in the midfield, helping the Chants control the possession battle and limit conference opponents to the third fewest shot attempts in the league. Offensively, she finished tied for second on the team with 23 shots and recorded one goal and one assist.

Famili played in 18 games and made 17 starts in her first season, quickly becoming one of the team’s top offensive playmakers. She recorded a goal and an assist against The Citadel in her second collegiate game and finishing the season tied for second on the team in goals with three and points with eight. She tallied two game-winning goals and was sixth on the team in minutes played.

After missing the first six games of the year following offseason surgery, Leftwich gave the Chants an offensive spark as they began conference play. She appeared in all 10 Big South games, was fifth on the team with eight shots and scored the lone goal in a key 1-0 overtime victory over High Point on Oct. 4.

Phillips became the third Coastal player to earn multiple All-Academic Team honors, while carrying a 3.918 GPA as a marketing major. In her first six semesters, she was named to the President’s List four times and the Dean’s List twice, while being selected to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in each of her first three academic years. She played in 17 games and started 16 this season, ranking fourth on the team in minutes with 1,451 despite missing two matches. She was once again a key contributor to the Chants’ defense, and for her career ranks sixth in CCU history with 75 games played.

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