Score: Western Carolina 4, Mercer 1
Records: Western Carolina 10-6, 4-3 SoCon; Mercer 13-3, 5-2
Location: Catamount Athletic Complex, Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer exploded for four goals, three in the first half, to knock off the visiting Mercer Bears 4-1 Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex on Senior Day.
Western Carolina scored three first-half goals putting a chasm between itself and Mercer the Bears couldn’t claw back from.
- Senior Emily Zipay had an assist on the first goal and scored the second goal for a goal and an assist in the contest.
- Junior Natalia Icen got the start in goal for the Catamounts and earned the win. She allowed one goal, had nine saves and improves to 3-0 on the year.
- Mercer’s Ally Fordham scored the Bears lone goal of the match, in the second half, to help them avoid being shut out.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina scored two goals in the first five minutes of the match.
- The Catamounts got on the scoreboard just 2:51 in the match when Julia Winter took a crossing pass from the right side by Zipay who sent the ball into the box from the right side to Winter who was in front of the goal and shot into the goal hitting the back post.
- Just two minutes later, at 4:31, Western Carolina quickly took a 2-0 lead. This time Zipay got the goal as she took a pass from just to the right of goal to the 18-yard mark. Zipay took a right-footed shot just past the goal into the right side of the goal.
- The Catamounts' third goal of the first half happened right before halftime. At the 43rd-minute freshman Rea Skyska scored the first goal of her Catamount career. Senior Jordan Dawsey passed the ball into the box from about 30 yards out. Syska was waiting, beat the Mercer defender and did a little toe tap on the ball and then the touch past the diving Mercer goalkeeper Jordan Ebert.
- Mercer avoided the shutout scoring a goal at the 67th minute.
- Western Carolina had an answer scoring their final goal of the match in the 72nd minute. Freshman Lindy Morgan sent a pass from the far right corner to the waiting Renee Saneholtz who got a foot on the ball, went one-on-one with the Bears’ goalie and got it past her into the left corner of the goal skipping over goalie Ebert.
- The Catamounts had 16 shots in the match. Mercer bombarded goalie Icen with 26, 10 in the first half and 15 in the second.
- Western Carolina’s first three shots in the match were goals.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina ends the home portion of its regular season with a 6-3 home record.
- The four goals scored by Western Carolina against Mercer is the most goals allowed by the Bears this season. The Catamounts’ four goals against the Bears is the most allowed since Loyola Chicago scored five goals against Mercer on Sept. 1, 2017. The four goals are also the most the Bears in a conference opponent since Samford scored five goals in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament.
- Western Carolina notched its 10th win of the season with the victory over Mercer. The 10 wins are the second time a team helmed by Head Coach Chad Miller has hit double-digit wins in a season. The first time, under Miller, happened in 2013 when the team also had 10 wins. The 10 wins by the 2019 squad are the ninth time in program history a Catamount team has had double-digit wins in a season.
- The Catamounts have won three of their last four matches allowing two goals over the last 360 minutes.
- Seniors Ashton Cannon, Dawsey, Kate Swartwout, Threatt, Mackenzie Wright, Julia Winter, and Zipay were honored before the match.
Western Carolina hits the road for the final pair of regular-season matches of the season. The Catamounts travel to UNCG Oct. 25 for a 7 p.m. contest and then travels to VMI for a matchup with the Keydets at 2 p.m. Oct. 27.
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