Sept. 17, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: No. 25 North Carolina State 1, Western Carolina 0
Records: Western Carolina 3-5-1, NC State 7-1-1
Location: Dail Soccer Field - Raleigh, N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's soccer hung tough in the Catamounts' 1-0 loss to No. 25 North Carolina State Sunday at Dail Soccer Field.

After the Wolfpack racked up 11 goals over the last four games, including a 0-0 tie against No. 5 Virginia, Western Carolina yielded just one to NC State in 90 minutes of play. North Carolina State had to fall back on a penalty kick for its lone goal when a foul was called on WCU in the box in the 33rd minute of the first half. NC State's Ricarda Walking scored one-on-one against junior Catamount goalie Jacquelyn Gnassi.

As for goalie Gnassi, she was exceptional in goal handling an onslaught by NC State in the second half including the Wolfpack keeping the ball on the Catamounts' half of the field for the first 20 minutes of the final 45 minutes. She ended the game with seven saves.


Turning Point
NC State scored on a penalty kick at the 33rd minute of the first half for the only goal of the game.

Individual Leaders
- NC State's Walking scored the lone goal in the game.
- Gnassi made play after play in goal including numerous corralling of balls inside the box to turn the Wolfpack away.
- Gnassi has 26 saves this season.

Inside the Box Score
- Senior Deyana Walker had Western Carolina's scoring chance when she challenged NC State goalie at the 10:45 mark in the first half. She took a shot inside the box and the ball careened toward the goal by Wolfpack goalie Sydney Wooten got there just in time to save it.
- Walking put NC State up 1-0 at the 33rd minute when a foul was called inside the box against the Catamounts. She took advantage finding an open spot in the back of the net past Gnassi.
- NC State had 19 shots on goal, including 12 in the second half, but none panned out to a second goal for the Wolfpack. Western Carolina had a total of four shots with three coming in the first half.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina's loss to NC State halts the Catamounts' two-game winning streak.
- Western Carolina showed some grit against an NC State team that shellacked former Catamount opponent this season Elon 5-0. Western Carolina and Elon ended in a 1-1 double-overtime stalemate earlier this month.
- Seven of Western Carolina's nine games this season have been decided by one goal.

Up Next
Western Carolina opens Southern Conference play Friday at home against hosting defending 2016 Southern Conference Champion Samford at 7 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

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