Nov. 3, 2017

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The Basics
Score: No. 4 seed Western Carolina 2, No. 1 seed Furman 0
Records: Western Carolina 9-9-2, Furman 13-3-2
Location: SU Soccer Stadium, Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - No. 4 seed Western Carolina shocked the No. 1 seed Furman Paladins 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Championships Friday to advance to the finals at 2 p.m.

The Catamounts return to the SoCon Championship finals for the first time since 2008. WCU's victory snapped Furman's 12-game unbeaten streak and Western Carolina's pair of scores marked the first time an opponent had notched two goals against the Paladins since UAB downed Furman, 3-2, in overtime on September 1.


Turning Point
Western Carolina scored in the first eight minutes of the contest and turned Furman away at every turn. The Catamounts added an insurance goal in the 74th minute.

Individual Leaders
- Sophomore Emily Threatt scored the first goal of the game and her seventh on the season
- Redshirt senior Deyana Walker put an exclamation point on the game scoring the insurance goal in the 74th minute.
- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jacquelyn Gnassi was brilliant in the game denying Furman's potent offense at every term. She ended the game with 10 saves the second most for her this season as she had 14 against Samford earlier this season.
- Megan McCallister and Sayres McKenna had a double assist on Walker's goal.

Inside the Box Score
- Threatt scored in the eighth minute rifling it home off her own deflection shot from the left side. It all began from a McCallister corner kick.
- Walker iced the game with a goal in the 74th minute as McKenna sent it to McCallister who sent a forward pass to Walker on the right side for the score.
- Furman attacked Western Carolina with 19 shots but was turned back at every turn. - The Catamounts had 11 shots.

News & Notes
- Western Carolina returns to the 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.
- The Catamounts have reached the finals of the SoCon Championships three times. The Catamounts are 2-1 in the SoCon Championship finals winning in 2005 and 2008. WCU lost in its first appearance 2-1 in double overtime in 2001 to UNCG.
- The Catamount's 2-0 victory over Furman halts a six-game losing streak to the Paladins.
- Western Carolina's nine wins are the most for the Catamounts since the Catamounts had 10 wins in 2013.
- McKenna's assist gives her 19 in her career and is just two assists from moving from fourth to third place and one assist behind Western Carolina Hall of Fame member Nardia Moore.
- McCallister's assist gives her 26 points on the season and ties her for fifth place in the WCU record books tying her with former Catamount greats Jordan Howell and Nardia Moore.
- Threatt's goal was her seventh of the season. She has also scored two goals in the first two games of the SoCon Championships as she scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win against VMI in the quarterfinals.
- Western Carolina's 89 goals this season ranks sixth in the WCU record books and the most goals scored by a Catamount team since 2005 when the team had 114.
- Western Carolina and UNCG last met in the regular season ending in a 2-2 overtime tie. WCU is 3-18-1 against the Spartans. WCU and UNCG last met in the SoCon finals in 2008 when the Catamounts captured the SoCon crown after a PK showdown. WCU last defeated UNCG in 2012 defeating the Spartans 1-0. The two goals WCU scored against WCU is the most the Catamounts have scored against UNCG since 2001. 
- With the win over Furman, WCU is now 5-1 over the last six games and has recorded back-to-back shutouts. WCU has outscored opponents 12-4 in the last six games. 

Up Next
Western Carolina, as the No. 4 seed, will face No. 3 seed UNCG in the finals of the Southern Conference Championships Sunday at 2 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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