Aug. 11, 2016

The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 1, Appalachian State 0
Records: Western Carolina 0-0, Appalachian State 0-0 - Exhibition Game
Location: Appalachian State Soccer Stadium - Boone, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Western Carolina women's soccer freshman forward Kyla Moncrief's header goal at the 87th minute broke open a scoreless game, against former Southern Conference foe Appalachian State, sending the Catamounts home with a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers, in exhibition play, Thursday at Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Turning Point
Catamount youngster Moncrief picked up a rebound and headed the ball into the goal with under three minutes to play to score the first and only goal of the game from either team. Individual

- Moncrief's only shot in the game was the decisive one scoring the only goal of the game.
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi got her first start of the preseason holding the Mountaineers scoreless for the first 45 minutes of the game.
- Veteran senior goalkeeper Carly Tinstman went into the game in the second half continuing Gnassi's first half actions of keeping Appalachian State out of the goal.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina weathered 21 shots from Appalachian State while Gnassi and Tinstman combined for five saves.
- The Catamounts took only five shots in the contest but the last one was the decisive one as it went in for the score.
- Western Carolina's goal was set up by a corner kick by Haven Leland who sent the ball into the box and was rebounded to Moncrief who headed it in for the score.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina's victory over Appalachian State was its first of the exhibition portion of the 2016 preseason. The Catamounts fell to Wright State 2-0 August 7.
- The win over Appalachian State is the second straight for the Catamounts, in as many seasons, in exhibition play. The Catamounts shutout the Mountaineers, in Cullowhee, 2-0 in an exhibition game in 2015.
- Western Carolina has now played two exhibition games in the first eight days of preseason. The Catamounts will focus on practice and scrimmages for the next seven day before opening the season on August 19.
- The Catamounts were picked to finish sixth in the Southern Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll released by the SoCon on Thursday.

Up Next
Western Carolina opens the 2016 season on the road traveling to Charlotte for a match set to being at 7 p.m. August 19.

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