The Basics

Score: Furman 1, Western Carolina 0

Records: Western Carolina 8-6, 2-3 SoCon; Furman 10-4-1, 5-0-1 SoCon

Location: Stone Soccer Field, Greenville, S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer dropped a hard-fought match at Furman 1-0 Sunday at Stone Soccer Stadium.

Turning Point:

Furman scored the lone goal of the match at the 42nd minute and held off a bevy of shots by Western Carolina, in the second half, for the win.


Individual Leaders

  • Furman’s Erin O’Hearn scored the game-winning goal for the Paladins.
  • Junior goalkeeper Natalia Icen played the final 45 minutes of the match for the Catamounts replacing rookie Melody Mezzina. She had one save.
  • Although Mezzina allowed the game-winning goal she also recorded five saves in her 45 minutes of play in goal. She takes the loss and falls to 6-5 on the year.
  • Senior Julia Winter took six shots for Western Carolina with three on goal.

Inside the Box Score

  • After two close calls, in which Furman players sent shots dribbling just past the Catamount goal, the Paladins found the back of the net at the 42nd minute. Furman turned a corner kick into a goal when O’Hearn headed the ball into the goal.
  • Western Carolina didn’t allow the Paladin’s first-half goal to stop the Catamounts’ pursuit of a goal. WCU took just three shots in the first half and exploded for eight in the second for a total of 11 shots in the match. Furman also had 11 shots.
  • Winter almost helped Western Carolina send the match into overtime when her header shot at the 87th minute went into the arms of the Paladin goalkeeper.
  • Mezzina and Icen combined for six saves in the match.


News & Notes

  • Western Carolina has been shut out in three of its last four matches.
  • For the second time in three matches, Icen came into the match in the second half.
  • Furman’s single goal in the match is only the fifth match this season the Paladins have scored just one goal in the match. It is also the first time in two matches Furman has scored just one goal in a contest.
  • Furman’s shutout of Western Carolina is the fourth time this season the Catamounts have failed to score in a match.


Up Next

Western Carolina returns home for its two final home matches of the season. The Catamounts host The Citadel at 7 p.m. Friday and honor their seniors at 6 p.m. Sunday hosting Mercer.   


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