Women's Soccer Falls to Coastal Carolina, 1-0
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LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI goalkeeper Mackenzie Harrmann made a career-high 11 saves and the defense in front of her handled a 30-shot barrage, but Kacey Kelley scored in the 22nd minute for the game’s lone goal to give the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers a 1-0 victory over the Keydets in Big South women’s soccer action, played Saturday morning at Patchin Field.

Harrmann’s 11 saves were the highest total this season for VMI, as the freshman became the first VMI keeper with double-digit saves in a game since Oct. 22 of last year. The contest also marked the first time VMI had used just one keeper in a game since Sept. 1, when Harrmann posted a shutout against USC Aiken.

With the win, Coastal Carolina goes to 6-7 overall and 3-3 in Big South play, while the Keydets fall to 1-11 and 0-6 in conference action.

The visiting Chanticleers came out strong, beginning their offensive attack in the third minute. A Fia Jonsson shot hit the crossbar, but Jonsson was able to immediately follow the try. The rebound shot was turned aside by Harrmann, however, as was Kelley’s shot in the sixth minute.

Harrmann made another stop in the 11th minute, but Coastal struck in the 22nd. That was when Jonsson drilled a long cross to the far post, and Kelley finished with a header into the right side of the net, staking the visitors to a 1-0 advantage. It was Kelley’s sixth goal of the season, and came after the Chanticleers’ longest drought between shots in the match, 10:19 of game action.

Coastal, meanwhile, continued to test Harrmann repeatedly, but the Badger State native was up to the task. She turned away Kelley in the 26th minute, and did so again in the 35th. After another Harrmann save at 36:26, Camille Christie of Coastal tried another shot in the 43rd minute, but it hit the crossbar, Coastal’s second shot off the bar in the opening period. That marked the final shot of the first half, in fact, as the visitors took the 1-0 lead to halftime.

In the first half, the Chanticleers held a 12-0 lead in shots, with each team having one corner kick attempt.

The Keydets put together their first scoring chance in the 52nd minute, when Affronti drew VMI’s second corner kick. Simone Jimenez got a head on the ball, but her try bounded wide right to keep the score 1-0, Coastal.

The Chanticleers came back by testing Harrmann in the 57th minute, and twice more over the next 10:02, but to no avail as the VMI keeper stopped all three tries. Coastal also put another shot off the crossbar during that time, as Cisca Okoko did so at 58:10, the third Chanticleer shot to deflect off the bar.

Harrmann turned another shot aside at 73:32, a header off a corner that she deflected, and the Keydets were able to get a shot for Liz Affronti just two minutes later. The try, however, was wide.

Coastal would try seven additional shots over the remainder of the match, five of which were failed to be on goal. Ashley Day hit the crossbar in the 79th minute, a stunning fourth-such shot in the match, while Harrmann made her final save of the day at 81:29.

All told, Coastal Carolina posted 30 shots to VMI’s two. VMI, however, held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Neither of the Chanticleer goalies - starter Megan Spencer, who was pulled after just 7:56, or backup Faith Farley - made a save.

VMI women’s soccer will return to action Thursday, taking on Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. Game time is set for 6 p.m.