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Coastal women blank Francis Marion

Article Written by Paul Hershey
Published: August 21, 2012
<p>CONWAY &ndash; The Coastal Carolina women&rsquo;s soccer team (1-1-0) notched a 3-0 shutout victory over Francis Marion (0-1-0) in the Chants&rsquo; home opener Sunday night at the CCU Soccer Field.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Senior forward Anna Lowe, sophomore midfielder Rylie Johnson and sophomore Kacey Kelley scored the goals as the Chanticleers picked up their first victory over the Patriots in five meetings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sophomore defender Maddie Phillips dished out two assists, while freshman midfielder Fia Jonsson had one. Junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer made four saves to record her first career shutout.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;For us to play at Kentucky and then come back here two days later and play a tough Francis Marion team was a challenge,&rdquo; head coach Paul Hogan said. &ldquo;I was pleased our team met that challenge and was happy with their performance. There were some things we saw tonight that we didn&rsquo;t see on Friday that we liked. We can build on this for sure.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Coming off a solid season-opening performance against Kentucky on Friday, the Chants controlled play throughout against Francis Marion, beginning right away with a shot by junior Christina Stern in the first minute that forced a diving save.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Coastal found the back of the net twice in the opening half, both goals coming off of well-placed balls into the box in the air by Phillips. The first was on a corner kick, which Lowe headed into the right corner in the 16<sup>th</sup> minute. Ten minutes later, Phillips sent a free kick from 35 yards out into the middle and Johnson headed it over the leaping Francis Marion goalkeeper into the top of the net.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We talked before the game about being more aggressive and getting more corners,&rdquo; Hogan said. &ldquo;We scored our first goal off a corner and second off a set piece. We were aggressive and we used our height to win challenges in the air.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kelley capped the scoring a little over six minutes into the second half. Jonsson sent a through-pass through the middle and Kelley put a quick shot off the drawn-out keeper and the ball took a high bounce forward into the goal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Chants coasted from there, finishing the game with commanding advantages in shots (16-5) and corner kicks (10-3). Francis Marion was limited to just one shot in the second half.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Chanticleers return to action next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against Western Michigan in the Coastal Carolina Soccer Classic. The first game of the tournament between Western Michigan and College of Charleston will be played on Friday at 5 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Field.</p>
 
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