Score: Western Carolina 2, Wofford 1, Double Overtime
Records: Western Carolina 8-11 SoCon, Wofford 2-16-1
Location: Catamount Athletic Complex - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Freshman midfielder Emma Haywood scored the golden goal in No. 7 seed Western Carolina women's soccer's 2-1 double overtime win against No. 10 seed Wofford Wednesday, at the Catamount Athletic Complex, in the first round of the Southern Conference Championships.
With the win, Western Carolina will face No. 2 seed ETSU at 7 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals of the SoCon Championships.
With 40 seconds left in double overtime, Western Carolina earned the win on a golden goal header by Haywood to give the Catamounts a 2-1 win over the Terriers.
- Freshman midfielder Haywood scored her second goal of the season, the golden goal winner, and the first game-winning goal of her career.
- Sayres McKenna notched her third straight goal when she scored the first goal of the game for Western Carolina.
- Senior goal keeper Carly Tinstman's eight wins, in goal, this season ties her career-high as she also had eight wins in her sophomore campaign in 2014.
- Kasey Cooke led Western Carolina with five shots in the game.
Inside the Box Score
- McKenna dribbled the ball around a defender and booted the ball from 20 yards out, from the right sideline, and placed it into the goal as it pinged the top of the cross bar and dropped in for the goal to give the Catamounts a 1-0 lead at 23:20.
- Wofford knotted the game 10 minutes later, at 33:30, when Catie Slater sent a rocket from the middle, about 10 yards out and placed it perfectly in the goal.
- For the second straight game, a perfectly placed throw in by senior Sheridan Caudle turned into goal when at 109:20, with forty seconds remaining in the second overtime, Caudle placed a perfect throw in into the box. Haywood was there as she just got her head on the ball and sent just passed the left side of the post for the score.
- Senior Haven Leland had a beauty of a shot that could have ended the game early in the second overtime as she went one-on-one with the Terrier goalkeeper but her shot hit the left post and went out.
News & Notes
- McKenna now has a seasonal-high six goals this season and has a team-best 18 points ... Her six goals also ranks sixth in the Southern Conference.
- The 18 points by McKenna this season ranks 12th in the WCU record books for points in a season ... For her career, McKenna has 29 points ranking 16th in the Catamount record books. - Western Carolina has amassed eight wins in the last three seasons.
- Wofford's goal in the first half was just the second goal the Terriers have scored against a Southern Conference opponent this season ... The Terriers only other goal was in the 2-1 loss to Chattanooga.
- Western Carolina is 2-0 in double overtime this season.
- Western Carolina lost 3-2 in its regular season meeting with ETSU in Cullowhee on Sept. 30.
No. 7 seed Western Carolina travels to No. 2 seed ETSU Saturday for a 7 p.m. match-up in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championships.
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