Sept. 15, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (4-2-1) tied future Southern Conference member East Tennessee State University (ETSU) (3-3-1) 1-1 in double overtime Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Down 0-1 at the half, the Catamounts came from behind to tie the match in the second half and proceeded to bombard the Buccaneers with a barrage of shots the remainder of the game. After nine shots in the first half, Western Carolina had 20 in the second half and five total in the two overtimes.
Western Carolina benefitted from its spirited attack in the middle of the second half. The Catamounts had eight shots, four on goal prior to knotting the game. After a shot by freshman Kasey Cooke was blocked it set up a Catamount corner kick.
Junior midfielder Madison Lee took the corner kick and placed it perfectly in the box. Sophomore forward Kelly Pannell was there waiting for the pass heading the ball past the Buccaneer goal keeper Anna Yancey to send it to the back of the net at the 67:25 minute mark.
The goal by Pannell was her third in two games. She scored a pair of goals in the 2-0 win over Western Kentucky on Friday Sept. 13. Pannell's four goals pace the team this season.
It truly was a tale of two halves. A bit cliché but true in the match against ETSU. The first half goes to ETSU, though WCU outshot the Buccaneers 9-5. Western Carolina came out a bit sluggish and ETSU capitalized scoring the first goal of the match at the 19:50 mark. Jenny Poltl took a pass from Hannah Short, pulling Catamount goal keeper Jenny Lauer out of the net. Poltl moved past the Catamount defense and found the back of the net.
After the goal, ETSU only had two shots the remainder of the first half. In the second half, Western Carolina came out focused putting the pressure on the Buccaneers. ETSU did not have a shot until 10 minutes left in the second half with most of the play situated on the Buccaneer's side of the field.
Western Carolina had multiple chances to take the lead, including a host of shots that skimmed the cross bar. The scoring chances weren't for lack of tenacity on the Catamounts' part including a ton of shots by various players in the final minute of regulation.
The Catamounts head back on the road Friday playing at Mercer for its final non-conference match of the season. Western Carolina faces the Bears at 7 p.m.