Sept. 21, 2007
Boiling Springs, N.C. -
The WCU Women's soccer team, behind yet another flawless defensive performance, defeated Gardner-Webb, 2-0, Friday evening in Boiling Springs, N.C. Freshmen Liz Eichler and Andrea Williams both recorded first half goals to put the Cats up for good. Reigning Southern Conference Player of the Week, goalkeeper Caitlin Williams, turned away six shots for her third shutout of the year.
Western Carolina (5-3-0) kicked off the scoring at the 30:22 mark of the first half, when Andrea Williams took a crossing pass from teammate Heather Dittmer and put her shot into the bottom right corner of the net. The goal was Williams' second of the season, and Dittmer received credit for her second assist of the year.
A mere 11 minutes later, Liz Eichler corralled a Williams' shot off of the goal post, and fired in her second career goal, putting the Cats up 2-0. Williams was credited with the assist on the play, giving her three points for the night.
Western dominated the first half offense, out shooting Gardner-Webb 7-3. In the second frame the Bulldogs (2-5-0) tried to make a comeback, registering seven shots to Western's three to even the game totals at ten. However, Williams continued her second half brilliance, with not only her third game shut out, but her fifth second-half without allowing a goal. Not even halfway through her first season with the Cats, Williams moved into fourth place on the all-time career shut out list.
The Catamounts will look to keep the wins coming when the travel down to Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday afternoon to take on the Lady 49ers of Charlotte. Gametime is set for 1:00 p.m. They will then open Southern Conference play the following Thursday with a match at Furman at 6:00 p.m.