Oct. 22, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
Score: Western Carolina 2, ETSU 1
Records: Western Carolina 7-9-2, (4-4-1 SoCon), ETSU 5-12, (3-6 SoCon)
Location: Summers-Taylors Stadium, Johnson City, Tenn.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Western Carolina women's soccer closed out the regular season with a key 2-1 Southern Conference victory over ETSU Sunday at Summers-Taylors Stadium.

With the win, Western Carolina earns the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Championships. The Catamounts will host No. 5 seed VMI at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Catamount Athletic Complex. Admission is free.


Turning Point
With the game tied 1-1, Western Carolina senior Anna Marie Mellis scored off a header goal at the 68th minute for what would be the game-winning goal.

Individual Leaders
- Kasey Cooke recorded her second penalty kick of the season and third of her career.
- Anna Marie Mellis scored the game-winning goal. It was the first goal of the season for Mellis.
- Megan McCallister had the assist on Mellis' goal.
- Western Carolina goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi notched her fifth win of the season in goal.

Inside the Box Score
- ETSU scored the first goal of the game when the Buccaneers Rachel Harbin scored taking a shot from 17 feet out, from a pass by Fiona Dodge, for the score 19 minutes into the first half.
- Western Carolina's Cooke tied the game when she scored off a penalty kick, at the 49th minute of the second half.
- The Catamounts took the lead, at the 68th minute, off a corner kick. McCallister took the corner kick, launched a kick inside the box, to the awaiting Mellis who headed the ball into the right side of the goal.
- ETSU bombarded WCU with 14 shots with three on goal all equating to saves for Gnassi. The Catamounts ended the game with eight shots.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina's No. 4 seed, in the upcoming 2017 SoCon Championships, is the highest seed for the Catamounts since earning a No. 2 seed in 2008. This is also the highest seed for WCU under the direction of Head Coach Chad Miller.
- The Catamounts face No. 5 seed VMI on Sunday. In the regular season, the Catamounts escaped VMI with a 1-0 win in Lexington, Va. on Sept. 29.
- McCallister's assist, against ETSU, gives her four for the season. Her point total was pushed to 24 this season ranking her seventh in the WCU record books.
- The goal by Mellis was the third of her career.
- Western Carolina is now 7-5-2 all-time against ETSU. The Catamount victory in Johnson, City, Tenn. is the first for the Catamounts since 2000.

Up Next
Western Carolina, as the No. 4 seed, will host No. 5 seed VMI Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championships. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

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