Sophomore Kelly Pannell scored both first-half goals as Western Carolina defeated Western Kentucky 2-0 Friday.
Sept. 13, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Sophomore forward Kelly Pannell scored two first half goals to pace Western Carolina women's soccer (4-2) to a 2-0 shutout over Western Kentucky (1-3-2) Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
After scoring the first goal of her career against East Carolina Sept. 2, Pannell doubled output in one match with the pair of goals against the Hilltoppers. She now leads the team with three goals this season.
Fans barely had a chance to settle in for the match before Pannell and the Catamounts found the back of the net. At the 5:41 mark, sophomore forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky had a throw in on the right side and Pannell was there. At about five yards out, Pannell took the ball and sent it past the goalie on the right side of the net.
A scrum and a fortuitous placement of the ball for Pannell who took advantage of the situation for her second goal of the match. Junior Caitlyn Bradham had a shot on goal, right in front of the box. Western Kentucky goalie Nora Abolins got the save but the ball bounced off her hands. Pannell noted the fumble by Abolins and squeezed it past the Hilltopper goalkeeper for the score at the 8:12 mark. It was Pannell's first unassisted goal of her career.
It was a high shooting affair in the first half with both teams combining for 17 shots in the first 45 minutes. Western Kentucky logged in 10 shots and Western Carolina seven. In the second half, each team had just three shots a piece.
Western Kentucky edged the Catamounts in shots 13-10 with a combined four saves for the Western Carolina goalies Jenny Lauer and Carly Tinstman. Both WCU goalies each played a half but it was Lauer who got the win improving to 4-0 on the season.
The majority of WKU's shots, and even the shots on goal, were lined right at the WCU goalie or shot wide over the net. None of the Hilltopper's shots were in danger of hitting the back of the net all game.
As predicted prior to the match, it was a physical contest between both teams. Western Carolina capitalized on its early scoring and relied on its defensive prowess to keep the Hilltoppers on their heels.
Western Carolina will host future Southern Conference member ETSU at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Buccaneers are coming off a shutout of their own blanking Alabama A&M 7-0 Friday evening. ETSU is 1-3 in road games this season.