The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 4, Wofford 1

Records: Western Carolina 4-3-2, 1-0 SoCon, Wofford, 2-6-1, 0-1 SoCon

Location: Catamount Athletic Complex


CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Four different Catamounts scored, as Western Carolina women’s soccer had an offensive explosion to open Southern Conference play, defeating Wofford 4-1 Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Turning Point:

Scoreless for the first 44:58, Western Carolina scored the first goal of the game with two seconds left in the first half.

Individual Leaders

- Junior Elizabeth Freeman scored the first goal of the game for Western Carolina against Wofford. It was also her first career goal. 

- Reily Nelson and Regan Ward each scored their second goals of the season in the win over Wofford. Ward also earned an assist in the game on Freeman’s goal.

- Hannah McClaugherty scored the fourth goal of the game for Western Carolina.

- Senior goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi played the full 90 minutes in goal for WCU. She gave up one goal to Wofford in the 87th minute and notched three saves. Gnassi improves to 3-1-1 on the season.

 Inside the Box Score

- With two seconds left in the first half, Freeman found herself in a scrum in front of the box. She took a pass from Ward and sent the ball into the back ride side of the net.  

- At the 53rd minute, Western Carolina pushed its lead to 2-0 when Nelson took a pass from Julia Winter, after a logjam in front of the goal, dribbling, and scoring from the left side. 

- After an assist on the first goal, Ward scored her own goal at the 77th minute off a corner kick from MacKenzie Wright.

- Wofford avoided the shutout scoring a goal at the 87th minute.

- With under a minute left to play in the match, 89:05, WCU put the exclamation point on the game when McClaugherty scored an unassisted goal. She took a shot from the far left side, scoring from 10 yards out. 

News & Notes

- With the win over Wofford, Western Carolina is 4-0-2 at home this season and remains undefeated at the Catamount Athletic Complex.  

- The Catamounts are now 10-8-2 in SoCon openers and 8-10-2 in conference home openers.

- The four goals Western Carolina scored against Wofford Friday night was a season-high for the Catamounts. The four goals scored also tied for fifth in the WCU record books for most goals scored in a game.  

- Western Carolina has given up just two goals at home in six games and 550.25 minutes of play.

- Ward and Nelson become the first players this season to have multiple goals on the year.

- The Catamounts are now 13-7-2 all-time against Wofford.  

Up Next

Western Carolina hosts Furman Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex. 

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