Oct. 29, 2017

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The Basics
Score: No. 4 seed Western Carolina 1, No. 5 seed VMI 0
Records: Western Carolina 8-9-2, VMI 7-11-1
Location: Catamount Athletic Complex, Cullowhee, N.C.

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - No. 4 seed Western Carolina shutout No. 5 seed VMI 1-0 Sunday in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championships at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

With the win, the Catamounts advance to the semi-finals of the SoCon Championships to face No. 1 seed Furman at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in Birmingham, Ala. on the campus of Samford University. WCU's appearance in the semi-finals is the first for the Catamounts since 2008 when the then No. 2 seed WCU went on to win the SoCon Tournament.


Turning Point
Western Carolina scored the only goal in the game four minutes into the contest.

Individual Leaders
- Catamount sophomore Emily Threatt scored the only goal in the game.
- Junior Megan McCallister had the assist on Threatt's goal.
- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi had a solid game and key saves racking up nine in the game.
- VMI goalkeeper Ceci Keppeler had six saves in the contest.

Inside the Box Score
- Threatt scored in the fourth minute of the game taking a cross from McCallister and pulling out the VMI goalie on the right side and scored as the ball went into the right back half of the net.
- The two teams combined for 25 shots with WCU posting 15 to VMI's 10.
- Gnassi had some spectacular plays in goal including turning VMI away on a possibly game-tying goal in which she dove on the ball just as it was about to cross the goal line.
- Sayres McKenna and McCallister each had five shots in the game.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina returns to the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Championships for the first time since 2008. It is also the first trip for Chad Miller as the Head Coach. Miller was an assistant for the team when the Catamounts won the SoCon Championships in 2008.
- With the win over VMI, WCU now holds a record of 5-0 against the Keydets and have outscored them 11-0 in those five games.
- McCallister's assist, against VMI, gives her five for the season. Her point total was pushed to 25 this season ranking her seventh in the WCU record books.
- With the 1-0 win, WCU has now played in 15 games this season that has been decided by one goal. - Western Carolina has won four of its last five games with the only loss being a 2-1 overtime setback to the Catamounts upcoming opponent Furman.
- In the last five games, WCU is outscoring opponents 12-4. - The 1-0 shutout against VMI is Western Carolina's third shutout of the season and second in the last three games.
- Western Carolina is 5-17-1 against upcoming opponent Furman after falling 2-1 in overtime in the regular season. The Catamounts were the only SoCon team to score on the Paladins in the regular season. The Paladins have won six of the last seven meetings with one tie in 2014.
- The last time Western Carolina and Furman met in the final four of the SoCon Championships was 2005 when the two teams faced off against each other in the finals. The Catamounts came out on top 1-0 as WCU was the No. 4 seed and the Paladins were the No. 1 seed.

Up Next
Western Carolina, as the No. 4 seed, will face No. 1 seed Furman in the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Championships at 6 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. The game will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network.

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