In an evenly played contest in which no team could gain the upper hand in regulation, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers scored 32 seconds into overtime to edge the Liberty Lady Flames, 2-1, in a Big South Conference contest Sunday afternoon at CCU Soccer Field.
With the setback, the Lady Flames drop their first conference match, evening their Big South mark at 1-1 and moving their overall record to 3-6, while the Chanticleers improve 2-0 in conference and 6-2-1 overall. The win was Coastal Carolina's fourth straight and snapped a five-game losing streak to Liberty.
Stingy defense was the storyline in a scoreless first half, as both teams combined for five shots in the period, with just one on goal.
Coastal Carolina struck for the contest's first goal when sophomore Blair Monroe collected a loose ball in the box and put it in from five yards out at 54:42. It was the midfielder's her sixth goal of the season.
Liberty fought back and knotted the game at one with just over 12 minutes remaining in regulation. Defender Paige Cheek (Sr., Gambrills, Md.) beat several players to a Chanticleer attempted clearing pass and in the middle of this group, lifted a 35-yard shot over Coastal Carolina keeper Jaclyn Stoll, off the crossbar and into the net for her first goal of the season a 1-1 tie.
In the last 10 minutes, the teams had only one shot between them as Liberty's Mandee Wheelock (Sr., MF, Front Royal, Va.) put a shot on net forcing Stoll to make a save to preserve the tie in the match's 86th minute.
In the first minute of overtime, Coastal Carolina's Heather Haupt found Amanda Gelsomino with a crossing pass on their first opportunity of the extra stanza, which Gelsomino slipped past on the right post for the win and her first tally of the season.
On the afternoon, the final stats were even, as the Chanticleers edged the Lady Flames, 7-6, in shots. Liberty had a 5-3 corner-kick advantage.
Liberty goalkeeper Katherine Neff (Sr., Guelph, Ontario) and Stoll had two saves apiece. And on a day when shots were at a premium, Emily McColl and Ashleigh Gunning had two shots apiece for Coastal Carolina, while Rachel Hetrick (Jr., F, Grantville, Pa.) had two shots for the Lady Flames.
Liberty continues a three-game Big South swing on Wednesday by hosting the High Point Panthers. Match time is set for 4 p.m.