Score: Western Carolina 1, VMI 0
Records: Western Carolina 6-7, 3-1 SoCon, VMI 5-8, 2-2 SoCon
Location: Catamount Athletic Complex - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. --Western Carolina women's soccer shut down VMI 1-0 Friday, at the Catamount Athletic Complex, to earn the Catamounts' fourth shutout of the season.
Scoreless through the first 60 plus minutes, Western Carolina broke open the scoreless game, with VMI, when redshirt sophomore Anna Marie Mellis found the back of the net at the 65:52 mark.
- Mellis scored her second goal of the season and her second game-winning goal on the year.
- Senior goal keeper Carly Tinstman earned her fourth shutout of the season.
- Sophomore Sayres McKenna notched an assist on the Mellis goal -- her fifth of the season.
Inside the Box Score
- Mellis scored the lone goal of the game when she took a pass from the right side, from McKenna, and scored from the left side of the post.
- The Catamounts had some quality looks at the goal including a shot by freshman Emily Threatt that just tapped the top of the crossbar at the 29th minute.
- VMI had a solid chance to tie the game in the final minute when Western Carolina was called for a foul just outside the box. Taylor Callahan took the indirect kick that was blocked by the Catamounts.
- VMI had 10 shots in the game and Western Carolina had eight.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina's 3-1 start in Southern Conference play is the best start for the Catamounts, in conference play, since 2011. The 3-1 record also pushes the Catamounts into a tie for second place in the SoCon race.
- With McKenna's assist against VMI, she now has 12 assists in her young career moving into a tie for seventh place for assists in the WCU record books.
- McKenna's assist also gives her 11 points in 2016 tying the point total of her freshman campaign. - The shutout by WCU and goalie Tinstman is the fourth of the season for the Catamounts.
- Western Carolina is now 4-1 over the last five games.
- The 1-0 shutout by Western Carolina over VMI is the third straight shutout the Catamounts have earned over the Keydets in the three meetings between the two teams. Overall, WCU has outscored VMI 9-0 in the three meetings.
- Three of Western Carolina's four Southern Conference games have been shutouts.
Western Carolina completes a three-game home stand Sunday hosting UNCG at 2 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
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