College Sports

Coastal ends Winthrop's season in tourney

CHARLESTON -- The Winthrop women's soccer team's 2007 season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Coastal Carolina in the semifinals of the Big South Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon at Blackbaud Stadium.

The Lady Eagles finish their year 7-8-4, while Coastal improves to 15-5-1 and advances to the championship game, where it will face the winner of the UNC Asheville/High Point match, which will be played later on Friday.

Winthrop fired 10 shots, with sophomore defender Caly Cassady leading the team with three. Junior forward Chelsea White, senior midfielder Ashley Bader and freshman forward Tricia Vensel had two shots each. Coastal had 17 attempts, with Ashleigh Gunning leading the offense with five and a goal scored.

Junior goalkeeper Dimitra Poulos, with three saves recorded, had less work then Coastal's keeper Amy Haggard, who needed to make five interventions.

"I don't think we played bad at all. We played a good team. They are the first team in the conference and they are a good team," Winthrop coach Melissa Heinz said. "They got a strong attack and I think our team played well against them, but we needed to find the net to give it a better chance."

Coastal got the game-winning goal early in the first half on a header by Gunning in the fifth minute as Maegen Hellberg found her teammate unmarked inside the box on a free kick.

Bader had a great scoring opportunity in the 23rd minute as she broke free after a through pass from White, but wasn't able to convert as she fired a shot just wide.

Gunning nearly put the Lady Chanticleers up by two goals as her shot found the post in the 28th minute of play.

The Lady Eagles got close again as White received a cross from senior midfielder Ashley Hallmon inside the 6-yard box and fired a shot, but it was stopped by Haggard.