Late game-winner puts Lady Chants on ESPN’s ‘Top Plays’

ccuwsoc-9Sophomore Ellie Taylor headed in the game-winning goal off a throw-in by Christina Stern just over four minutes into overtime to give the Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team a dramatic 2-1 victory over Charlotte on Friday night at CCU Soccer Stadium.

In fact, the game-winner made ESPN’s “Top Plays” list, not only for the last-minute drama but also for Stern’s acrobatic throw-in. She uses the ball to turn a cartwheel and hurls the ball goal-ward, where Taylor finished it off for the win.

Coastal moves to 2-1-0 and notched the program’s first overtime win since a 2-1 decision over Liberty in 2006, ending a streak of 17 games that went past regulation without a Chanticleer victory. Charlotte dropped to 1-1-0.

Taylor also assisted on Kacey Kelley’s first-half goal – her third in as many games – which gave Coastal a 1-0 edge. Charlotte put on the pressure late in regulation and was able to tie in the 85th minute.

The 49ers followed with several chances to take the lead, but junior goalkeeper Faith Farley made four saves, including several crucial stops to keep it tied.

Neither team generated a shot in the first overtime until Taylor’s goal. Stern set it up with a flip throw-in from the right side into the box. The ball went by Kelley, but Taylor was there in front of the goal mouth to follow up with a low header off a bounce from 10 yards out that she put past the outstretched hand of Charlotte goalkeeper Annika McHenry into the near corner. The goal was the third of Taylor’s career and the first game-winner.

Following an even and relatively defensively-controlled first half, the Chants held the advantage thanks to a nifty give-and-go play that Kelley converted in the 19th minute. The senior fed a pass ahead to Taylor, who one-touched it back to her as she cut toward the box. Kelley dribbled twice and put a high shot over the leaping McHenry for her 19th career tally.

Taylor had a good chance to make it 2-0 right away after halftime as she put a rebound on net following a blocked shot by Stern, but McHenry was able to get over and make the save. However, it was the precursor to a wide-open second half, especially in the last 20 minutes, when the 49ers increased their attack.

Farley made seven of her career-high 12 saves in that span, beginning with a point-blank rebound attempt off a blocked shot. Several minutes later, she dove to her left to stop a curling shot from the left side of the box headed for the right corner.

Coastal came back with another chance of its own as junior Miki Antzoulatos hit a perfect shot toward the upper left corner, but a leaping McHenry was able to stop it.

The 49ers then found the equalizer on a counter-attack as Perri Bonner took a centering pass from Sara Trexler and put her shot past Farley into the top left corner. The goal was the first allowed by the Chanticleers at home in five games dating back to last season.

However, Farley answered the threats after that, preventing any others and forcing the game into overtime.

Charlotte finished with a 22-17 edge in shots, including 14-10 in the second half. The 49ers put 13 attempts on goal, while the Chants totaled nine. Kelley recorded six shots, while Stern had three. McHenry finished with seven saves for Charlotte.

Coastal finishes off its three-game home stretch on Sunday when it hosts Wofford, with kickoff set for 2 p.m.

Comments

comments

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off Socastee

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off SocasteeThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team broke up a [more]

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting class

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting classCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced Sean Fitzgerald, [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America Amateur

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America AmateurCoastal Carolina junior golfer Luis Ruiz has been selected to [more]

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger Invitational

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger InvitationalThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) sent 37 swimmers to compete [more]

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA season

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA seasonFor the first time since his high school days at [more]

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3The Carolina Forest High wrestling team captured the bi-county championship [more]

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA falls

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA fallsOn Friday night, a leaky roof forced the Myrtle Beach [more]

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia State

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia StateArtur Labinowicz scored a career, team and game-high 32 points, [more]

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for wins

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for winsNorth Myrtle Beach High's Cooper Chandler picked the right time [more]

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, field

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, fieldThe annual Myrtle Beach Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, hosted by [more]

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year awardSt. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSU

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSUJaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the Coastal Carolina [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. James

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. JamesThe North Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball teams swept [more]

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take two

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take twoThe latest rankings were released Tuesday for SCHSL wrestling, but [more]

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debuts

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debutsThe Socastee High boys basketball team won a thrilling Region [more]

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 Wilson

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 WilsonThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team saw region rival [more]

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom A record 264 Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted at least a [more]

Riptides make successful plunge at Polar Bear meet

Riptides make successful plunge at Polar Bear meetRiptides Racing's swimmers braved the cold weather and icy roads [more]

Local teams break ice with region rivals, reschedules

Local teams break ice with region rivals, reschedulesThe new year is only one week old and already [more]

Panthers suffer tough loss to Saints, face uncertainty

Panthers suffer tough loss to Saints, face uncertaintyThe Carolina Panthers' season ended in a heap atop sacked [more]

Ragin' Cajuns sweep CCU in Sun Belt doubleheader

Ragin' Cajuns sweep CCU in Sun Belt doubleheaderCoastal Carolina faced the top men’s basketball team in the [more]

Moglia announces return to role as CCU head coach

Moglia announces return to role as CCU head coachCoastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia announced he has been medically cleared [more]

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach