Freshman Kasey Cooke scored the first goal of her Catamount career in the 2-0 win over EKU Sunday.
Aug 25, 2013
RICHMOND, Ky. - Western Carolina women's soccer improved to 2-0, to start the 2013 season, with a 2-0 win over Eastern Kentucky University (0-2) Sunday at EKU Soccer Field.
"This was a typical Sunday match," said Head Coach Chad Miller. "I think at times we didn't play our best soccer but we have different people scoring each match and that is very encouraging for this team."
The Catamounts snapped the Colonels' eight-game winning streak at home. EKU went undefeated at home in 2012 with its last loss, prior to falling to WCU, a 1-0 defeat by Murray State on October 30, 2011.
Western Carolina has gone 180 minutes without allowing a goal, shutting out Lipscomb University on Friday and EKU on Sunday. The Catamounts have also shutout High Point 5-0 in exhibition on August 16, which would make three consecutive shutouts if the exhibition counted.
The 2-0 start for the Catamounts is the best for the team since 2010, Miller's first year at the helm of the program.
"The 2-0 start for the team is a testament to all the hard work they have put in," Miller said. "I think we haven't even begun to play our best soccer and that has me excited as a coach."
It looked like the first half would end scoreless but the tenacity of the Catamount offense continued to press and it paid off with just 26 seconds left in the half. Freshman Kasey Cooke scored on a header into the goal off a free kick thanks to a pass by Christina White.
As was the case on Friday, against Lipscomb, junior Jenny Lauer and freshman Carly Tinstman shared goal keeper duties. Lauer played the first half, picking up a save, and Tinstman went in goal the final 45 minutes notching two saves.
The Catamount offense took pressure off both goalies when WCU tacked on an insurance goal early in the second half. Sophomore forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky scored from 10 yards out as the ball edged past EKU goalie Erika Wolfer, who made a diving play to save the ball, but it rolled just past her into the back of the net. The assist went to sophomore Kelly Pannell.
Western Carolina out shot Eastern Kentucky 14-12 and relied on its strong defensive pressure to keep the Colonels out of the net. Lauer improves to 2-0 in goal.
Western Carolina continues its road swing August 30 and September 1 participating in a tournament at East Carolina University. The Catamounts face UNC Wilmington at 5 p.m. Friday and host ECU at 2 p.m. Sunday.