Sept. 3, 2017

Box Score

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

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer dropped a hard-fought battle with Charlotte 3-2 Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

The 49er's scored two goals in the first half and one in the second to keep the pesky Catamounts at bay. Western Carolina found itself down 2-0 midway through the first half but proved it wasn't out, scoring a goal in the 38th minute to make the score 2-1 at the half.

Charlotte scored what proved to be an insurance goal at the 75th minute of the second half to go up 3-1. WCU scored a late goal at the 81'st minute to cut the 49er lead to one, 3-2, but the Catamounts couldn't find the back of the net in the final nine minutes to attempt to tie the game.


Turning Point
Charlotte scored two first half goals and added an insurance goal in the second half to counter the Catamounts' two goals in the game.

Individual Leaders
- Sophomore Emily Zipay and senior Deyana Walker each scored their first goals of the season against Charlotte.
- Goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi played her first complete game of the season going the full 90 minutes giving up three goals and notching five saves.
- Megan McCallister and Kate Swartwout each had assists in the game.
- Three different 49ers scored goals in the game -- all unassisted.

Inside the Box Score
- Charlotte scored the first two goals of the game in the first half at the 12:11 mark and 31:34.
- Western Carolina got on the board late in the first half when Zipay took a pass from Swartwout and dribbled it past the defender and into the net at the 38:28 mark.
- Charlotte iced the game on a fluky goal in the 75th minute in the second half when Sophie Sipperell looked to be attempting a cross but the ball pinged off the top left corner of the goal and sailed into the net to put the 49ers up 3-1.
- WCU sliced the game to within one score when Walker took a pass from McCallister and headed it into the net.
- Charlotte had 11 shots to Western Carolina's six.
- Western Carolina had a nice pair of goal saving plays prior to Charlotte scoring its third goal of the game when Gnassi notched a save and as she was pulled out of the net a pair of Catamount defenders blocked a shot with an empty net to thwart the 49ers.

News & Notes
-Western Carolina's pair of goals against Charlotte was the most scored by WCU against the 49ers in the two team's five meetings. After being shutout in the first three meetings, WCU has scored a total of three goals in the last two.
- McCallister recorded her second assist on the season giving her a team-leading six points this season.
- Western Carolina has scored five of its eight goals this season at home.
- Six different Catamounts have scored goals for WCU this season.
- Walker's goal against Charlotte is her first since her sophomore year, in 2015, when she scored one goal that season.
- Zipay's goal was the first of her Catamount career.

Up Next
Western Carolina will continue its three-game home stand hosting Lipscomb at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

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