Sept. 14, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (4-3) made its intentions known early in the match against Gardner-Webb (1-5), scoring in the first 17 seconds, on its way to a 2-0 victory Friday in the second game of the Catamount Classic Tournament held at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Fans barely had a chance to setting into the match, after kick-off, before they had a reason to cheer. Freshman Markie-Lynn Studnicky took a pass from sophomore Christina White and eyed the goal. Studnicky took a shot about five yards out and sent it past Runnin' Bulldog goalie Amy Schmidt. It was Studnicky's third goal of the season, which leads the team.
This was the second consecutive shutout by Western Carolina and its second straight win.
The Catamounts didn't rest on its laurels as they proved they were hungry for additional goals. Western Carolina shot and kept shooting throughout the first period and into the second. Just 10 seconds after Studnicky's goal, senior forward Samantha Hodge got a great look at the goal, but it was saved by Schmidt.
Hodge's shot was the first of three straight in the first five minutes of the match. Her three shots were part of seven shots by the Catamounts in the first half. Western Carolina's intense and aggressive play in the first half, as they ended the first period leading 1-0, carried over into the second half. The Catamounts assured their victory, in the match, but pressing, pressing, pressing both offensively and defensively.
The Catamounts made sure Gardner-Webb's attempt at a comeback in the match became Herculean when it's continued attack at the goal yielded results at the 48:27 minute mark in the second period. Hodge took a shot that went wide and freshman Amanda Schwartz picked up the rebound. She passed the ball to sophomore McKenzie Hallstrom just inside the box and sent it sailing it into the back of the net to give Western Carolina the 2-0 lead.
Western Carolina's stifling defense kept Gardner-Webb back on its heels for most of the match. The Runnin'Bulldogs had just one shot in the first period, a shot that sailed wide by Tara Woelfel. In the second half, Gardner-Webb got off five shots, all turned into saves by redshirt senior Catamount goalie Katie Jacobs.
Four of the 10 starting Catamount players, on the field, had shots in the match to help equate to 20 shots by Western Carolina. Hodge led all players with six shots, two shots on goal. Fellow senior Laura Greb had four shots in the match, including a beauty of an attempt at the 62:54 mark that hooked wide left.
Western Carolina returns to action at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday to host Campbell in the second game of the Catamount Classic Tournament. Campbell was a 4-0 winner over Louisiana-Lafayette in the early match of the tournament. ULL will face Gardner-Webb at noon Sunday, to kick-off the second day of the tournament.