Sep 2, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (3-1) dropped its first game of the season 2-1 at East Carolina University (2-1-1) in double overtime Monday at ECU Soccer Stadium. The game was rescheduled from Sunday when the contest was called due to inclement weather.
Just five minutes into the second overtime, the Pirates snapped a 1-1 tie to take the game when Lexi Miller sent it past Catamount freshman goalkeeper Carly Tinstman. It was Tinstman's first decision of the year as she falls to 0-1.
Western Carolina posted the first score of the game off the foot of sophomore forward Kelly Pannell at the 22:05 mark of the first half. It was Pannell's third shot in a five minute span with the third one ringing true for the score. It was Pannell's first goal of the year and of her career - she also has a pair of assists this season.
The Catamounts held the Pirates scoreless for the fist 50 plus minutes of the game, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. Junior goalkeeper Jenny Lauer started the game, as has been the norm for the past three games as well, and was replaced by Tinstman to start the second half.
At the 55:27 mark East Carolina knotted the game at one. Caitlin Hite benefitted from a free kick tying the game at one.
The contest was truly a defensive showdown as both teams combined for 22 shots and just a combined seven shots goal. Western Carolina had 11 shots, three on goal, while ECU also had 11 shots and four shots on goal.
Western Carolina will return to action on September 8 hosting Charlotte at 2 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.