Sep 8, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - In a hotly contested and physical match-up, Charlotte (4-1) came out on top defeating Western Carolina women's soccer (3-2) 1-0 Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
After a scoreless first half, it became apparent the team who could eek out a goal, against two very stingy defenses, would have the upper hand. It was the 49ers who struck, picking up the momentum, when they found the back of the net early in the second half.
After a pair of shots a piece, by Western Carolina and Charlotte to start the second half, it was the 49ers that found the opening. Jessica Ryan took a shot from 10 yards out, past four veteran Catamount defenders, to send the ball sailing to the right side of the net for the score at the 57:15 mark.
Freshman goalkeeper Carly Tinstman had just come in goal for Western Carolina, replacing junior Jenny Lauer who played the first half. Tinstman takes the loss in goal and falls to 0-2 on the season. Lauer had four saves in 45 minutes of play while Tinstman had three saves and allowed the one goal.
Western Carolina out-shot Charlotte 13-10 and the last shot of the game, for the Catamounts, looked like it might send the match into overtime. With less then a minute left to play, the Catamounts got a corner kick to set up a scoring opportunity.
Redshirt junior Brittany Gendron took the corner kick and placed it perfectly in the box. Awaiting the pass was redshirt sophomore Kimberly Sullivan who headed the ball toward the goal. In the scrum, Charlotte edged the ball away from the net just as it looked like it was going in.
Prior to Charlotte's second half score, Sullivan had a solid look at the goal when she sent it toward the net but senior 49er goalkeeper Alex Kubrick was there to pick up the save. All toll Kubrick had seven saves in the match and improves to 4-1 on the season.
Western Carolina continues its three-match home stand hosting Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.