Sept. 16, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (4-4) lost to Campbell (5-1-1) 2-1, on a disputed play on how the goal was scored, in the final minute of the second overtime Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex. It was the last match in the two-day Catamount Classic Tournament hosted by Western Carolina.
The Camels' Caitlin Schnieder was awarded the golden goal to win the match, scoring with 1:07 left on the clock in the second OT. However, the play could have also been scored an own goal as a Western Carolina player also had a foot on the ball as both teams fought for control. Schnieder, along with senior Catamount Katie Salmons, were both in front of the goal, after Campbell's corner kick. Both seemed to have contact with the ball that went off the back of Catamount goalie Katie Jacobs and into the goal for a Campbell victory.
It was the second unanswered goal in the match for Campbell. The Camels forced overtime with a goal at the 83:13 minute mark of regulation. Taylor Brown found the back of the goal, off an assist by Michelle Procaccini, to break-up Western Carolina's shutout attempt and tie the match at 1-1.
Western Carolina scored its only goal in the first half at 21:13. Freshman forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky took a pass from senior Samantha Hodge, who notched her first assist this season, and sent a header into the goal off. It was Studnicky's second goal in as many matches and her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
The Catamounts had control of the game, defensively, for most of the match, before Campbell's late heroics. Right out of the gate, to start the second period, Western Carolina had a beauty of a chance to take a commanding 2-0 lead when Studnicky got a great look at the goal but it sailed high over the goal post.
With less than six minutes left in regulation, it looked like Western Carolina might close the game. McKenzie Hallstrom took a shot at the goal that looked like it might go in but it sailed just wide.
Western Carolina had 13 shots in the match and Campbell had 17. The Catamounts kept shooting in the match and looking for the goal as Studnicky had four shots while Laura Greb, Hodge and Hallstrom each had three. Of the 17 shots by Campbell, Jacobs had five saves in the contest.
Studnicky, Hodge and sophomore Christina White were named to the Catamount Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Catamounts host Elon Friday, September 21, in its Southern Conference home opener. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
CATAMOUNT CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Brooke Kelly - Gardner-Webb
Gayle Foster- Louisiana-Lafayette
Hayden Gibson - Louisiana-Lafayette
Shelby Isley - Louisiana-Lafayette
Markie-Lynn Studnicky - Western Carolina:
Samantha Hodge - Western Carolina:
Christina White - Western Carolina:
Caitlin Schnieder - Campbell
Ashley Clark - Campbell
Taylor Brown - Campbell
Kristy Meyer - Campbell
Jeannie Borda (MVP) - Campbell