Sept. 29, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 1, VMI 0
Records: Western Carolina 4-7-1, (1-2 SoCon), VMI 3-8-1, (0-2-1 SoCon)
Location: Patchin Field -- Lexington, Va.

LEXINGTON, Va. - Junior midfielder Sayres McKenna scored the golden goal in Western Carolina Soccer 1-0 overtime win at VMI Women's Soccer Friday for the Catamounts first Southern Conference win of the season at Patchin Field.

McKenna scored just over three minutes into overtime.


Turning Point
After Western Carolina and VMI played to a scoreless tie in regulation, the game went to overtime. WCU, who had been on offense most of the second half, finally found the back of the net at 3:18 into overtime.

Individual Leaders
- Western Carolina's McKenna scored the only goal of the game.
- Catamount goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi had four saves in the game and improves to 2-4 on the year.
- VMI's Amber Risheg had two of the Keydets six shots.

Inside the Box Score
- At the 3:18 mark, in OT, McKenna scored the golden goal for Western Carolina taking a rebounded ball off a deflection and shooting into the lower right corner of the box for the score.
- After being outshot 2-to-3 in the first half, Western Carolina went all out on offense in the second half with nine shots in the second half, and one in overtime, for 12 in the game.
- Western Carolina had three key plays just miss going into the goal as two hit the top of the post, and a header attempt, off a corner kick, by Kate Swartwout just went wide of the goal.

News & Notes
- After going over 360 minutes without scoring a goal, Western Carolina finally found the back of the net in the 1-0 win against VMI.
- The overtime game against the Keydets was Western Carolina's fifth overtime game of the year with a record of 2-2-1.
- Western Carolina's 1-0 win over VMI was the 10th game this season the contest has been decided by one goal. - McKenna's goal was her third of the season giving her nine points for the season ranking her second on the team.
- For her career, the goal is McKenna's 11th of her career tying her for 16th in the WCU record books. She also moves into a tie for 10th place in the WCU record books for points in a career with 38.
- With the win over VMI, Western Carolina remains undefeated against the Keydets with a record of 4-0 ... WCU has shutout VMI in all four meetings and has outscored them 10-0.
- The win on Friday halts a three-game losing streak.

Up Next
Western Carolina closes out a two-game road swing traveling to UNCG for a 2 p.m. match.

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