Lady Chants score another shutout victory over VMI

The Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team dominated VMI from start to finish and sophomore Kacey Kelley tallied her sixth goal of the season in a 1-0 win Saturday at Patchin Field.

The Chanticleers outshot VMI 30-2 in the game as they evened their Big South Conference record at 3-3-0 and improved to 6-7-0 overall. The Highlanders fell to 1-11-0 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

The 30 shots are the most the Chants have recorded since totaling 33 against VMI in 2009. They also notched their sixth shutout of the season and held an opponent without a shot on goal for the third time. Freshman Faith Farley earned her first career victory, playing just over 82 minutes in goal in relief of junior Megan Spencer.

Offensively, Coastal put the pressure on right away, recording five shot attempts in the first six minutes. Freshman Fia Jonsson hit the crossbar with the first shot of the game and then forced a save by the goalkeeper on the rebound. Kelley then had a shot blocked and put another on net, and a shot by junior Christina Stern went high, all in the span of less than a minute.

The Chanticleers were finally able to break through in the 22nd minute on their seventh attempt of the contest. Jonsson sent a cross from the left side to the far post and Kelley put home the header, giving Jonsson her team-leading fourth assist.

Coastal continued to pepper the Highlanders’ net the remainder of the game but was unable to add to the lead despite 18 second-half shots. They put seven of those on goal and seniors Cisca Okoko and Ashley Day both hit the crossbar with attempts.

The Chants finished with 12 shots on net, including five by Kelley on seven total attempts. Okoko put three of her six shots on net, while Stern and freshman Camille Christie each recorded five shots.

Coastal plays the last of its three straight road games Thursday, Oct. 11 at UNC Asheville before returning home to host Presbyterian College on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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