JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina advanced to its second straight ASUN Championship Final, as they downed No. 3 seed Kennesaw State, 18-8. The Chanticleers will get a rematch of last year's ASUN Final, as they get No. 1 seed Jacksonville on Saturday. The Dolphins won last year's meeting by the narrow score of 11-10.
It was Coastal early and often on Thursday afternoon at D.B Milne Field. The Chanticleers got on the board first when Haley Kyger scored 2:54 minutes into the contest. CCU would eventually see its first half lead bloom to 5-1 and took a 8-2 lead into the half. Kyger had four goals at the break, while ASUN Defensive Player of the Year, Harley Barrett notched six saves in the first 30 minutes.
The Owls got the scoring started in the second half, as ASUN leading goal scorer and ASUN Freshman of the Year, Siena Gore netted one for Kennesaw State. Kyger and the Chanticleers wouldn't take their foot off the pedal, as they responded with a 4-1 run to see their lead surge to 12-4. Coastal really put the game out of reach when they embarked on a 5-0 run to make the score 17-5. The run was highlighted by goals from Kyger, Alexander, Sarah McEvoy and Samantha Courtemanche.
Coastal Carolina was 4-6 on free position shots, collected 26 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers. Barrett was dynamite in net for the Chanticleers, notching 11 saves and a 58% save percentage.
Gore led the way for the Owls with three goals. She finishes the season with 71 goals, which is an ASUN single-season record.
Coastal will get No. 1 Jacksonville in the ASUN Championship Final. The Dolphins took the regular season meeting with Coastal Carolina, 13-11. It was the smallest margin of victory for the Dolphins all season. The ASUN Championship Final will be on Saturday, May 5th at 1 PM and can be watched live on ESPN+
No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 3 Kennesaw State Championship Semifinal Notes:
- Kyger netted 6 goals for Coastal. It was the fourth time in the last eight games she's scored at least four goals
- With 11 saves, Barrett over took Liza Diamond for the ASUN lead in saves with 165
- KSU's Siena Gore finished the season with an ASUN single-season record 71 goals
- Coastal makes it two for two in ASUN Championship Final appearances, as this is its second year in the league
- This is the fourth straight season with double-digit victories for the Chanticleers
- JU won last year's ASUN Final by defeating Coastal Carolina 11-10