Since playing their home opener on Aug. 22, the Coastal Carolina women’s soccer team has yet to play another home game at CCU Soccer stadium. The Chants were supposed to play Jacksonville and Longwood on Friday and Sunday earlier this month, but due to Hurricane Dorian, the Chants played Jacksonville in Rock Hill. The Chants ended up traveling to Gardner-Webb on Sept. 8 to makeup the Longwood game. Coastal defeated both Jacksonville and Longwood 3-1.
Fast forward to Sunday and the Chants were finally back in action as they took on the Richmond Spiders at CCU Soccer Stadium.
Defending Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week Sunny Sigurvinsdottir opened the scoring in the sixth minute to give the Chants the early 1-0 lead.
The Lady Spiders took control of the game midway through the first half as Molly Morgan tied things up in the 19th minute, only to follow up that goal with an assist to Alyssa Walker just six minutes later to give the Spiders a 2-1 lead.
“We keep giving up bad goals,” said head coach Paul Hogan. “Goals off of set pieces. We’re soft. We’re not good in the air. We don’t take accountability. It’s not good enough. You can’t give up three goals and expect to win a game.”
The Chants did manage to tie things back up before the half hour mark as Hannah Miller found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Not even 10 minutes into the second half, the Chanticleers retook the lead thanks to a solo effort by Loranna Austin. Austin dribbled down the sideline, making her way inside the 18-yard box before taking a shot at a difficult angle that trickled into the back of the net.
Midway through the second half, the Chanticleers found themselves losing an integral part of their attack when Hannah Miller went down. She did not return to the match.
“Hannah has struggled with injuries this season, so we haven’t been able to utilize her the way we would have liked to start the season,” Hogan said. “We hope that it’s nothing serious and hope that she can get ready ahead of Georgia Southern on Friday.”
Lacking attacking prowess, the Chanticleers allowed a third goal in with just over 10 minutes to go in regulation.
“If we don’t do the work up top, they get in our end and it turns into a corner or a free kick,” Hogan said. “We have got to be better.”
After 90 minutes of action, the teams squared off in extra time with each team garnering one shot each in the first 10 minutes. The Chanticleers had four attempts in the final 10 minutes but were unable to get the winner past the Richmond goalkeeper.
Coastal will return to action on Friday as it will open the conference portion of the schedule when Georgia Southern comes to Conway.
“These games mean more now,” Hogan said. “We can’t just be that blissfully unaware.”
The kickoff between the Eagles and the Chanticleers is scheduled for 6 p.m.