JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -Western Carolina women's soccer (2-3) had its two-match winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to ETSU (5-1) Friday at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
After almost 30 minutes of aggressive play, offensively and defensively, by Western Carolina it paid off for the Catamounts at the 30:54 mark. Freshman forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky took a cross from fellow freshman Kelly Pannell, who had just checked into the game, to score the first goal of the game into the left side of the goal. It was Studnicky's second goal of the season.
The Lady Bucs tied the contest when Ramey Kerns scored the first of her two first-half goals, on her way to a hat-trick, when she took a cross from the right side by Morgan Thomas and sent it sailing into the top of the net at 31:54.
Kerns struck again barely four minutes later to give ETSU the 2-1 lead. Kerns scored her seventh goal of the season scoring from six yards out off an assist by Sarah Zadrazil.
Western Carolina had a chance to tie the match on a corner kick at the 37:13 mark but the shot by freshman Amanda Schwartzwas high, sailing over the goal.
Sophomore McKenzie Hallstrom gave the Catamounts its first shot attempt in the second half at the 59 minute. However, the attempt equated to a save by ETSU goalie Kara Krajetna. It was the Catamounts' seventh shot attempt of the game.
ETSU looked to pad its lead at the 71:52 mark when it drew a free kick off a foul by Western Carolina. The Lady Bucs' Ellis Parsons took the pass and had a great look at the goal but the Catamounts' got a team save when they directed the ball away from the goal.
About two minutes later, Madison Leegot a great look at the goal, as two ETSU defenders lost her around the goal. She just missed getting a foot on the ball giving goalie Krajetna a chance to fall on the ball.
Kerns collected her hat-trick at the 75:43 mark off a penalty kick. Western Carolina was whistled for a foul just inside the box opening up the opportunity for ETSU to add the insurance goal. Kerns scored when the ball landed into the net, into the left side, past a diving Catamount goalie Katie Jacobs.
Western Carolina pulled within one goal, making the PK goal even more costly, when freshman Schwartz scored at the 78:17 mark. Schwartz scored the unassisted goal taking the ball straight into the box and over the head of the Lady Bucs' goalie. It was Schwartz first goal of the season.
The Catamounts had a nice scoring chance to tie the game with two minutes left in the game. Lee took a corner kick and sailed just in front of the goal, but the attempt at a shot was batted around by a pair of Western Carolina players and then was kicked out by ETSU.
Both Catamount goals were scored by freshmen.
Western Carolina returns home at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex to host Tennessee Tech.