Score: Western Carolina 1, Mercer 0; 2 OT
Records: Western Carolina 8-7-2, 5-4 SoCon, Mercer 9-6-4, 4-3-2 SoCon
Location: Betts Stadium, Macon, Ga.
MACON, Ga. – Senior Megan McCallister scored the golden goal on a penalty kick to lift Western Carolina to a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Mercer Sunday at Betts Stadium.
The key Southern Conference win pushed the Catamounts to the No. 4 seed heading into the Southern Conference Championships. WCU will host No. 5 seed Furman at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
In a scoreless match, Mercer was flagged with two yellow cards one on a player and one on the team setting up a penalty kick for the Catamounts. McCallister converted on the PK to give WCU the victory.
- McCallister scored the lone goal of the match off a penalty kick to secure the win for the Catamounts.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Icen earned the shutout in goal and did not face a shot on goal from the Bears.
- McCallister and Regan Ward each had four shots in the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina’s defense was stifling. Although Mercer took 16 shots in the game, the Bears did not connect on a shot that found its way to a shot on goal.
- With under three minutes left in double overtime, Mercer’s Abigail Zoeller was flagged with a yellow card inside the Bear’s box and the Mercer’s team was also given a yellow card. This set up a penalty kick for the Catamounts. McCallister took the PK shooting the ball into the left side of the net for the score.
- Western Carolina had 14 shots in the match.
- Goalkeeper Icen improved to 2-4-1 on the season.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina is riding a three-game winning streak headed into the SoCon Championships.
- For the second straight season, Western Carolina earned the No. 4 seed in the SoCon Championships. The four seed was also where WCU was picked in the preseason poll.
- WCU’s shutout over Mercer was the seventh of the season.
- Western Carolina has not allowed a goal in the last 300 plus minutes.
- The five conference wins is the most for the Catamounts since 2014.
- After failing to win a road game all season, Western Carolina closed out the regular season with back-to-back road victories.
- With the win over Mercer, the Catamounts are now 3-2 against the Bears in Macon.
- The penalty shot in the game was the second of the season for the Catamounts and the second in as many games.
- After not scoring a goal in the first 15 matches of the season, McCallister has scored a goal in the last two games.
- ETSU, Western Carolina and Furman all finished 5-4 in the regular season. ETSU, who fell to The Citadel 2-1 in double-overtime Sunday, earned the No. 3 seed by a tiebreaker. Western Carolina’s 1-0 win against Mercer on Sunday, also in double-overtime, moved the Catamounts into fourth, while Furman sits at No. 5.
No. 4 seed Western Carolina will host No. 5 seed Furman in the Southern Conference quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The match will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network.
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