Lady Chants set to host first playoff game in eight years

ccuwsoc-kickFor the first time in eight years, the Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team is set to play a postseason match on its homefield.

The second-seeded Chanticleers host No. 7 seed UNC Asheville in a quarterfinal match of the 2014 Big South Championship Saturday at 5 p.m. at CCU Soccer Stadium.

As an official Big South Conference postseason event, there will be a $5 admission charge. However, Coastal Carolina students will be admitted free of charge with a valid CCU photo ID. All tickets will be sold out of Brooks Stadium’s south ticket booth beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Gates will also open at 4 p.m.

Coastal (10-7-2 overall) went 7-2-1 in conference play during the regular season to share second place, the best finish since its co-championship in 2010. UNC Asheville was 10-8-1 overall and finished in a three-way tie for sixth place at 4-5-1.

UNCA earned a spot in the Big South tournament field for the first time in three years by scoring in the 109th minute to beat Gardner-Webb 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were then the middle team in the three-way head-to-head tiebreaker with Winthrop and Radford, by virtue of their win over the Highlanders.

Asheville also gave Coastal its first conference loss, 1-0, on Oct. 18 in Asheville, although the Chanticleers controlled that game offensively. Coastal outshot the Bulldogs 20-10, including 11-6 on goal, but Asheville found the net on a broken play in the 88th minute. CCU had won the previous eight matches between the teams.

Senior midfielder Amanda Dailor leads the Bulldogs with 18 points on five goals and eight assists. Freshman forward Caroline Houser totaled a team-high six goals, along with four assists. Senior goalkeeper Heather Muller led the conference with 103 saves, including 11 in the game against Coastal, but her 1.93 goals against average in league play ranked outside the top 10.

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