Sept. 20, 2002
Cullowhee, N.C. -
After a scoreless first half, Western Carolina (2-2-1 overall, 0-0-1 SoCon) and Georgia Southern (5-1-1; 1-0-1 SoCon) each traded two goals over a 27-minute span as the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie in double overtime on a rainy Friday afternoon at Schrader Field.
The Catamounts, who have not lost at home over their last 16 games, broke a scoreless tie at the 50:33 mark of the second half. Senior Kelly Barker headed a WCU goal kick forward to Jordan Howell, who outran an Eagle defender and found the back, right-corner of net for the goal. The goal was the first of the season for Howell. Four and a half minutes later, Georgia Southern's Genevieve Ward scored her second goal of the season off a Mary-Kate Talbott pass to tie the contest.
Western Carolina regained the momentum four minutes later on a Jamie Pawlik goal. Off a WCU corner, Pawlik gathered a rebound from just outside the top of the goalkeeper's box and blasted a goal to the lower right corner.
The Catamounts seemed to have the game in control over the next 20 minutes. However, a Catamount foul led to an Eagle free kick from the left side of the keeper's box. Sarah Farrer feed Ward for her second goal of the game and third of the season. Ward's goal, like her first one, was one to the upper right corner.
In the two, 10-minute overtime periods, both teams squandered good scoring opportunities. Western had a ball deflect off the crossbar from short range and had an opportunity with the GSU keeper out from the net. The Eagles had three rapid-fire shots from inside 10 yards turned away by Catamount keeper Mandi Tinsley.
"We were disappointed with the outcome because we had several opportunities to put the game away," said WCU head coach Debbie Hensley. "However, we hope to build on our offensive attack from today, which was our most creative effort of the season."
Western Carolina had a 25-13 advantage in shots. Tinsley had seven saves for the Cats, while GSU keeper Tanya Woehr registered nine.
The Catamounts will return to action Sunday (Sept. 22) versus the College of Charleston. The match is set for 1 pm at Schrader Field. Georgia Southern will also return to action on Sunday, stepping out of league action to play at Georgia.