Sept. 2, 2016

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 3, Kennesaw State 2
Records: Western Carolina 2-3, Kennesaw State 3-1-1
Location: Catamount Athletic Complex - Cullowhee, N.C.

Cullowhee, N.C. -- Kasey Cooke scored a pair of goals as Western Carolina women's soccer knocked off Kennesaw State 3-2 Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

The Catamounts hand the Owls their first loss of the season and marks the first home victory on the year for Western Carolina.

Turning Point
Tied 2-2, Cooke scored her second goal of the game to give Western Carolina a 3-2 lead at the 79:01 mark for the Catamounts first lead of the game. WCU held on for the victory.


Individual Leaders
- Cooke tied her career high with two goals against Kennesaw State.
- Sayres McKenna scored her first goal of the season.
- Catamount senior goal keeper Carly Tinstman earned her second victory, in goal, with four saves against the Owls.

Inside the Box Score
- Kennesaw State scored the first goal of the game when Brittney Reed took a bounce pass from Isabella Contreras and shot the ball from 10 yards out for the goal at the 27:57 mark.
- Western Carolina tied the game after Kennesaw State goal keeper Catherine McDuff was hit with a yellow card at 47:29 in the second half. McKenna took the direct kick right outside the box, straight on from the goal, and sailed it in over McDuff.
- Kennesaw State re-took the lead almost 20 minutes later, at 73:15, from a corner kick by Ida Hepsoe sending it over to Abby Roth who sent it into the net.
- Cooke scored the first of her two goals, for Western Carolina, at 77:01 when took a ball off a rebound by freshman Kate Swartwout and sent it in right outside the goal line.
- Cooke's second goal came just two minutes later, at 79:01, from a double assist by McKenna and Haven Leland. Cooke's second goal was almost a mirror of her first as she worked her way around the Owls' goalie just outside the goal line and sent it in.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina scored all three of its goals in the second half.
- Both of Western Carolina's wins this season have come when the Catamounts have scored three or more goals. - McKenna's assist gives her nine for her career pushing her to a tie for 14th in the Catamount record books.
- The Catamount victory puts the breaks on a two-game losing streak.
- Cooke's pair of goals are her eighth and ninth of her career moving her to a tie for 23rd in the WCU record books for goals in a career.
- Swartwout earned her first assist of the season.

Up Next
Western Carolina concludes a four-game home stand hosting former Southern Conference foe Elon at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Phoenix are coming off a 2-1 win at Coastal Carolina.

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