Oct. 8, 2017

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The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 2, The Citadel 1
Records: Western Carolina 5-8-2, (2-3-1 SoCon), The Citadel 5-9 (0-5 SoCon)
Location: Catamount Athletic Complex, Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Junior midfielder Sayres McKenna scored the game-winning goal, with two minutes left in the game, to lift Western Carolina women's soccer to a 2-1 win over The Citadel Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

All three goals, combined, in the game were scored in the second-half. Seniors Kasey Cooke, Mary Dixon, Anna Marie Mellis, Brianna Sears and Deyana Walker were honored prior to the game.


Turning Point
With the game tied 1-1, Western Carolina scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes left in the game to defeat the Bulldogs 2-1.

Individual Leaders
- McKenna scored a goal and had an assist in the game.
- Cooke earned an assist on McKenna's goal.
- Megan McCallister scored the first goal of the game and her second straight.

Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina had an early chance to get on the scoreboard when the Catamounts were awarded a penalty kick at the eight-minute mark. Cooke's PK attempt just went wide left to keep the game scoreless.
- McCallister broke open the scoreless game in the 50th minute McKenna passed the ball to McCallister and she scored from the left side.
- At the 78th minute, The Citadel knotted the game when Cierra Skyers came to the left side of the game and had the ball bounce off her shoulder and into the goal.
- McKenna scored the game-winner, ending the 1-1 tie when she took the rebounded ball from Cooke and scored near the left of the goal.
- Western Carolina doubled up The Citadel in shots with 18 to the Bulldogs nine.

News & Notes
- The two goals by Western Carolina, against The Citadel, is the third straight game the Catamounts have scored multiple goals.
- The PK shot by Cooke was her second straight - she missed both of them.
- Western Carolina is now 15-1-1 against The Citadel and has won seven straight against the Bulldogs.
- McKenna's assist is the 17th of her career keeping her ranked fourth in the WCU record books. It is also her fourth of the season.
- McKenna also now has scored 41 points in her career ranking her eighth in the WCU record books. She is just two points away from moving in the seventh.
- McCallister scored her seventh goal of the season and second straight when she scored the opening goal against The Citadel. Her seven goals rank her tied for 10th in the WCU record books for goals in a season and her 17 points, for 2017, ranks her tied for 13th.

Up Next
Western Carolina will hit the road next week for a three-game road swing to close out the regular season. The Catamounts open the road swing at Furman at 7 p.m. Friday.

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