The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 2, ETSU 1; 2 OT

Records: Western Carolina 7-3, 1-0 SoCon; ETSU 3-5-2, 0-1 SoCon

Location: Summers-Taylor Stadium, Johnson City, Tenn.


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Senior Kate Swartwout scored the golden goal in Western Carolina women’s soccer’s 2-1 double-overtime win at ETSU Friday at Summers-Taylor Stadium. 

The match took over four hours to complete as the contest was halted almost 18 minutes into the contest due to lightning in the Johnson City area. After an almost two-hour delay, the match resumed at about 9:15 p.m. and was completed in double overtime with Swartwout’s goal. 


Turning Point:

With the match tied 1-1, the Catamounts scored the game-winning goal at 104:29 in double overtime. 


Individual Leaders

  • Swartwout scored her first game-winning golden-goal of the season and her career.
  • Senior Emily Threatt scored the Catamounts first goal and her second of the season. She had two shots.
  • Senior Julia Winter had an assist in the contest. 
  • Rookie goalkeeper Melody Mezzina improved her record in goal to 5-2 allowing one goal and recording four saves against the Bucs.


Inside the Box Score

  • Ten minutes after play resumed after the two-hour lightning delay the Catamounts got on the scoreboard when Threatt found the back of the net off an assist by Winter at the 27:29 mark,
  • In the second half, ETSU knotted the match when Sarah Connolly sent a shot into the goal from an assist by Anjela Kricak at 48:13. 
  • The match would remain tied through the end of regulation and the first overtime. 
  • It looked like Western Carolina and ETSU would walk away from the conference contest with a tie but a ETSU foul inside the box gave WCU a free kick. Swartwout scored the goal at 104:20 to seal the win for WCU. 
  • Before Swartwout’s golden goal, ETSU had a solid chance to walk away with the win. The Buccaneers had a shot that went to the top right of the goal and Mezzina earned the save and turned ETSU away. 
  • Western Carolina had a total of 17 shots in the match, including eight in the second half. ETSU ended the match with 10 shots. 


News & Notes

  • Western Carolina played in its first overtime match of the season. 
  • The Catamounts are now 3-2 on the road this season. 
  • Winter pushes her assist total to a team-leading four and ranks second in total points with eight. 
  • The Catamounts have won four of their last five matches. 
  • Western Carolina is now 8-7-2 against ETSU. 

Up Next

Western Carolina will take a six-day break from playing and return to action Friday Oct.4 at 7 p.m. hosting Chattanooga in the Catamounts’ conference home opener. 


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