The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 1, Wofford 0

Records: Western Carolina 8-5, 2-2 SoCon; Wofford 4-9, 1-4 SoCon

Location: Snyder Field, Spartanburg, S.C.


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Redshirt senior Mackenzie Wright scored the game-winning goal at the 88th minute to lift Western Carolina women’s soccer to a 1-0 victory at Wofford Friday at Snyder Field. 

Turning Point:

Western Carolina’s strong defensive play at Wright’s goal in the waning seconds of the match secure the win for the Catamounts. 


Individual Leaders

Wright came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in the match for WCU. She took a total of two shots in the contest. 

Rookie goalkeeper Melody Mezzina recorded a shutout in the match and fielded just one shot and one save from Wofford.


Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina’s defense was stifling allowing Wofford just one shot in the match which came in the second half. At the 54th minute, the Terriers’ Savannah Vathy took a shot into the low center of the goal and a long stretch by Mezzina earned her the save. 
  • The Catamounts had a total of nine shots in the match with four shots on goal. Four of Western Carolina’s nine shots were within the 20-yard mark. 
  • With the possibility of overtime looming, Wright took a pass from freshman Rea Syska, who was battling a Wofford defender. Wright took a shot at the 20-yard line sending it up into the right-center of the goal and just out of the reach of the Terrier goalie. 


News & Notes

  • Western Carolina’s victory over Wofford halts a two-match losing streak by the Catamounts.
  • The Catamounts evened their SoCon record to 2-2. 
  • WCU has now won five-straight against Wofford and has shutout the Terriers in four of the last five meetings. 
  • The Catamounts recorded their fourth shutout of the season with the win over Wofford. 
  • Mezzina earned her fourth shutout of the season and improves to 6-4 in goal on the season. Her four shutouts tie her for eighth in the WCU record books for most shutouts by a goalie in a season. 
  • Wright’s goal is her second of the season and the first game-winning goal of her career. 
  • The Catamounts now have six players who have scored two or more goals on the season. 
  • Syska recorded the first assist of her Catamount career. 
  • The Catamounts goal at the 88th minute halts a total of 268 minutes without a goal by the WCU. 


Up Next

Western Carolina completes its two-match road swing in the state of South Carolina traveling to Furman at 2 p.m. Sunday for a SoCon squabble with the Paladins. 


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