Score: Western Carolina 1, Elon 1, double overtime
Records: Western Carolina 1-2-1, Elon 3-1-1
Location: Rudd Field - Elon, N.C.
ELON, N.C. -- Freshman goalkeeper Natalia Icen recorded 11 saves as Western Carolina women's soccer drew a 1-1, double overtime, tie with Elon Thursday at Rudd Field.
Icen's 11 saves, in her first full game of the year, was the most for a Catamount goalkeeper since 2010 and ties for fifth in the WCU record books. Western Carolina got on the board first scoring in the 13th minute on an unassisted goal by sophomore Emily Threatt. Less than two minutes later, Elon tied the game at 14:54. The two teams would hold each other scoreless over the course of the next 95 minutes of the game.
Icen and the Catamount defense kept a potent Elon offense out of the net after allowing an early goal in the first half. The Phoenix had a total of 17 shots in the game and WCU worked around it with 11 saves.
- Threatt scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute to give WCU a short-lived 1-0 lead against Elon.
- After playing the first 45 minutes of the first three games of the season, Icen played the first full game of her Catamount career and then some. She also notched 11 saves in the game.
- Threatt had three of Western Carolina's 10 shots in the game.
Inside the Box Score
- At 13:21 into the game, Western Carolina's Threatt took a shot off a deflected cross and placed into the left side of the net.
- Less than two minutes later, Elon tied the game 1-1 off a header goal by Susannah Anderson.
- Elon had 17 shots in the game and Western Carolina had 10.
News & Notes
- For the second time in the first four games of the year, Threatt scored the first goal of the game for Western Carolina. Threatt scored the first goal of the season on Aug. 18 in the Catamounts' 3-1 win over Morehead State.
- The first-half goal, by Western Carolina, against Elon, was the first time in two games the Catamounts' scored a first-half goal. Four of Western Carolina's first five goals of the season have been scored in the second half.
- Western Carolina played its first overtime game of the season against Elon.
- Icen's 11 saves not only ties the freshman for fifth place in the WCU record books, it is also the most saves by a Catamount goalkeeper since former Western Carolina standout Caitlin Williams had in 2010.
- The tie with Elon halts a two-game losing streak to the Phoenix and is the third time in the last five games the two teams have gone to double overtime. WCU also tied 1-1 in double overtime to Elon in 2012.
- Elon's match with Western Carolina was the third-straight against a Southern Conference opponent. The Phoenix lost to UNCG 2-1 and defeated the Mocs 4-1.
Western Carolina returns home Sunday to host Charlotte at 2 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
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