Sept. 10, 2010
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (2-3) freshman midfielder Christine Kaznowski scored her fourth goal of the season, with 35 seconds left in the match, but the Catamounts couldn't mount a final comeback, falling to Air Force (4-2-1) 2-1 Friday at the Catamount Soccer Complex.
Kaznowski hit a shot inside the box that sailed into the back of the net in the waning seconds of the match. She has scored in four of the first five matches of the season.
"Christine always seems to find herself in the right spot," said Head Coach Chad Miller. "The positive for the team is we fought through the match and got a goal."
The Catamounts had chances early in the match, with quick shots by Laura Greb and Katie Weigel in the first four minutes. Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Williams fended off an early charge by Air Force, when it was awarded a penalty kick at the 7:37 mark. Krystin Shanklin's shot went wide on the PK, and was followed by a shot by Sophia Lockerby that also went wide.
"We really didn't capitalize on the chances we had in the match," Miller said. "If we could have used the chances we had early in the game, I think it would have changed the complexity of the game."
Air Force took the lead before the end of the first half. Kaleigh Moses scored from five yards out off an assist by Stephanie Patterson and Bridgett Murphy. At 77:32, in the second half, Air Force scored what would turn out to be the game-winner off an unassisted goal by Leah Bratt.
Western Carolina out-shot Air Force 10-11. The Catamounts Williams had six saves in the match and gave up two goals. Air Force goalie Kelly Stambaugh had five saves and gave up one goal.
The Catamount's match with Air Force was the second of the night in the Catamount Classic. Earlier in the evening Xavier, Western Carolina's opponent on Sunday, defeated Mercer 3-1.
The Catamount Classic concludes beginning at noon with Mercer taking on Air Force and then closes with the Catamounts taking on Xavier at 2:30 p.m.