CCU women in tough battle

The Chanticleers are 3-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in conference play. 

The Chanticleers rebounded from a tough 1-0 loss to Georgia Southern on Friday night with a 2-1 win over Troy on Sunday afternoon at CCU Soccer Stadium in Conway.

It was an evenly contested match between the Chanticleers and the Eagles on Friday as the two sides recorded 23 shots combined, Georgia Southern with 11 and Coastal with 12. 

The match remained scoreless until the final 70 seconds when Georgia Southern’s Brooke Barrett found the back of the net, breaking the hearts of the Chanticleers.

Sunday afternoon was a different story. Unlike the previous two games where the Chanticleers gave up late goals, Coastal was on the good end of a late goal thanks to senior Gabby Smychynsky.

“We lost three kids to injury on Friday and the effort today was incredible,” head coach Paul Hogan said. “The winning result comes thanks to our bench. We had a lot of players step up and do their jobs and then some.”

One of those players was freshman goalkeeper Ky Hudson. Hudson recorded three saves in the 2-1 win for the Chants.

“Another kid getting quality experience for us,” Hogan said. “There is always going to hiccups, but you have to see how they respond. I’m proud of her. She did a great job today.”

The Chanticleers scored first thanks to a penalty kick goal from Mackenzie Gibbs in the 34th minute. While the Chanticleers were happy to grab the lead, it didn’t last long as the Trojans found the back of the net less than 90 seconds later.

Coastal was the more dominant team in the second half. The Chanticleers outshot the Trojans 7 to 2. The Chanticleers also had three corner kicks in the second half compared to the one corner kick that the Eagles had.

The breakthrough came in the 79th minute as Callie Hawkins played a brilliant ball into the box and found Smychynsky, who scored her first ever collegiate goal.

“I have been waiting for four years for that goal, so it was an awesome feeling,” Smychynsky said. “I feel like I am a pretty good player in the air. I had the chance to get there and I am happy it went in.”

The win moves the Chanticleers to 3-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in conference play. 

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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