The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 3, Furman 1

Records: Western Carolina 5-3-2, 2-0 SoCon, Furman 5-4, 0-2 SoCon

Location: Catamount Athletic Complex



CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer improved to 2-0 in Southern Conference play, and remained undefeated at home, with a 3-1 victory over visiting Furman Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.  


Turning Point:

Western Carolina scored two goals in the first half and an insurance goal in the second to secure the win.


Individual Leaders

- Catamount Freshman Reily Nelson scored a goal in the second half and added an assist in the first half.

- Emily Zipay and Emma Haywood scored their first goals of the season.

- Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Icen earned her second win of the season improving to 2-2-1 on the season allowing one goal and notching six saves.


Inside the Box Score

- Twenty-four minutes into the game, Western Carolina set the tone early with Zipay’s goal. Furman goalie Kellsey Weaver has pulled away from the goal and Haywood took a pass from Julia Winter and found the net unguarded for the score.   

- With three seconds left in the first half, Haywood gave WCU a commanding 2-0 lead when she took a long pass from Nelson and headed it into the goal.

- Furman cut the Catamount lead to 2-1 with a goal in the 74th minute. Amanda Baker scored unassisted.

- Nelson’s goal for WCU, at the 78th minute, all but iced the game for the Catamounts. For the second time in the game, Paladin goalie Weaver came out from in front of the goal and left the net unattended. Nelson took advantage dribbling to the goal uncontested for the score.  


News & Notes

- With the win against Furman, Western Carolina remains undefeated at home with a record of 5-0-2. 

- Nelson’s goal against Furman gives her three for the season and leads the team. She had a pair of goals and an assist in the pair of games this weekend.  

- The Catamounts have only given up three goals in seven games this season.

- The win over Furman is the Catamounts’ second straight and the first winning streak against the Paladins since 2008.

- Western Carolina’s three goals scored against Furman is the most the Catamounts have scored against the Paladins since scoring three in the 3-2 win in 2001.

- The Catamounts 5-3-2 record, in the first 10 games of the season, is the best start for Western Carolina since opening with a record of 5-4-1 in 2013.


Up Next

Western Carolina completes a three-game homestand on Friday, Sept. 28 hosting ETSU at 7 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.  


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