Soccer Fights Tough Battle with WKU in Season Opener; Falls 1-0 in OT

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Kimberly Sullivan, along with Savannah Ward, was one of two freshmen to have a shot in the game against WKU.
CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM
Kimberly Sullivan, along with Savannah Ward, was one of two freshmen to have a shot in the game against WKU.
CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 19, 2011

Box Score

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Western Carolina women's soccer (0-1) battled a veteran Western Kentucky (1-0) squad to a scoreless tie, in regulation, before falling in overtime, 1-0, Friday at the WKU Soccer Field in both team's season opener.

The Hilltoppers' Leslie Chinn scored the golden goal eight minutes into overtime. Chinn scored from eight yards out from an assist by Kelsey Meyer.

The youthful Catamount squad, who started four freshmen, went up against a Hilltopper team that started five seniors and was picked fifth in the Sun Belt preseason poll. Western Carolina was tabbed eighth in the Southern Conference preseason poll.

Katie Jacobs, in her first appearance in goal for the Catamount since 2009, withstood a barrage of shots by Western Kentucky in regulation. The Hilltoppers had nine shots on goal in the first period, but in the second period the Catamount defense buckled down and allowed four shots to get to Jacobs.

The Catamounts had just one shot in the first half but picked it up in the second half. The Catamounts were just one shot behind the Hilltoppers in the second period with three shots, each team had a shot in overtime.

Western Carolina has a solid opportunity six minutes into overtime off a free kick. The ball went into the box, flicked toward the goal, but sailed wide. Junior Laura Greb led the Catamounts with two shots. Samantha Hodge, Kimberly Sullivan and Savannah Ward each has a shot in the match.

The Catamounts return to action Sunday, at the WKU Tournament, playing Murray State at 1 p.m.

 

 

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