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Soccer Battles to 1-1 Tie With Francis Marion

Sept. 17, 2010


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CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (2-4-1) battled to a 1-1 two overtime tie with Francis Marion (2-7-1) Friday at the Catamount Soccer Complex.

It was the first overtime match of the season for Western Carolina. Both teams connected on goals in the first 28 minutes of the match and battled the rest of the time for a chance at a goal.

Francis Marion got on the scoreboard first in the first four plus minutes of the match. The Patriots Jordan Allen punched in a score off a corner kick and assist by Kiley Williams.

Western Carolina knotted the match at one 19 minutes later, at 23:39, when Katie Salmons took a shot inside the box, off an assist by Christine Kazonowski, to dribble in the goal. It was Salmons second consecutive goal of the season, as she scored her first goal of against Xavier on September 12.

After the two quick goals, Western Carolina and Francis Marion each had two shots before the end of the first half.

The second half and overtime put the spotlight on goalkeeper Caitlin Williams who fended off Francis Marion multiple times. It all culminated in the final minute of the second overtime when Allen, who had scored the Patriots lone goal on Williams, looked for the late second heroics. She took the ball down to the Catamounts end of the field and took a shot on Williams who vaulted above the goal post to swat the ball away and avert Francis Marion.

Williams allowed one goal and posted five saves in the match. Francis Marion's keeper Casey Durham posted one save.

Western Carolina looked to take advantage of quality looks at the goal in the second half. Starting at the 60 minute mark, in a span of two minutes, the Catamounts had three straight shots by Brittany Gendron, Salmons and Katie Sedgeley. Salmons shot was just left of the goal and Sedgeley's attempt just skimmed to the right of the goal post.

Kaznowski had the best look at the goal in the first overtime but her shot attempt was blocked by Francis Marion five minutes into the overtime period. It was Kaznowski's only shot of the game.

Overall, Western Carolina had 13 shots in the match to Francis Marion's 10. There were four corner kicks a piece between the two teams. Salmons led the Catamounts with three shots.

Western Carolina hosts High Point at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Catamount Soccer Complex.