Aug. 26, 2012
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Western Carolina women's (1-2) soccer picked up its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Winthrop (0-1) Sunday at Eagle Field.
The Catamounts oppressive offensive pressure, in the final 25 minutes of the first half, resulted in two goals. After its struggles with finding its mark on the goal its previous two games, Western Carolina's dogged tenacity against the Eagles bore fruit.
Before Western Carolina's first goal, the Catamounts got three quality looks at the goal starting at the 18:47 mark. Senior Samantha Hodge got free about eight yards in front of the goal but her shot was blocked by an Eagle player. Less then four seconds later sophomore Madison Lee's shot attempt sailed over the goal and at 21:54 Christine Kaznowski got free and sent a shot that just missed the goal, sailing to the left of the goal post.
The Western Carolina pressure finally wore on Winthrop six minutes later when a cross inside the 18 yard mark deflected off the heel of an Eagle player and rolled in for an own goal at the 27:10 mark. It was the first own goal of the season for Western Carolina.
Kaznowski, who had just missed a scoring chance earlier in the game, found her mark at 36:15. Kaznowski took a beautiful cross from Mackenzie Cole outside 20 yards, and sent into the back of the goal.
Western Carolina had 10 shots in the first half, alone, ending the game with 18.
Winthrop continued to fight and put on some offensive pressure of its own in the second half. Although Western Carolina's defense stymied most of the Eagles' offensive threats, Winthrop did manage to cut the score in half with a goal at 66:21. The Eagles' Krystyna Freda sent a cross to Deven Puckett who passed it to Lia Gordon for the score.
For the remainder of the game, Western Carolina turned on its defensive pressure, enjoying its first lead in a match in the youthful season, and making sure Winthrop failed to get a quality look at the goal again. The strategy paid off as the Catamounts strolled away with the road victory and a 1-1 record over the weekend of matches.
Winthrop had 11 shots, with Catamount senior goalie Kaite Jacobs coming up with eight saves in the match. Jacobs also picked up her first win of the season in goal.
Western Carolina hosts Albany at 7 p.m. August 31 in its home opener.