Sept. 20, 2013
MACON, Ga. - Western Carolina women's soccer (5-2-1) scored two first-half goals to pace the Catamounts to a 2-0 victory over future Southern Conference member Mercer University (4-4-1) Friday at Bear Field.
The Catamounts recorded their fourth shutout of the season and Western Carolina's fifth multiple goal performance of the season. The team has scored 12 goals and held its eight opponents to five. WCU also has four players score two or more goals this season with sophomore Kelly Pannell leading the team with four.
Western Carolina had four quality shots in the first half before taking the early 1-0 lead. After a shot by sophomore Markie-Lynn Studnicky was blocked and another went wide by Pannell the Catamounts finally found the mark at the 16:25 into the game.
Junior Caitlyn Bradham scored her second goal of the season off a turnover by Mercer. A cross by junior Mackenzie Cole was headed into the back of the net by Bradham breaking a streak of four straight goals scored by Pannell.
Ten minutes later, Western Carolina all but put the game out of reach for Mercer scoring its second goal of the game. Kayla Sedgley scored her first goal of the season when she corralled a deflection in the box and fired a shot past the Bear keeper Maggie Cropp.
At the half the shots were neck and neck between the Bears and the Catamounts with WCU edging Mercer eight to seven. Of the seven shots by Mercer only two were on goal as Catamount goal keeper Jenny Lauer picked up a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half Western Carolina's defense kicked in with all the pressure on Mercer. Both teams had six shots in the second half. Lauer takes the win and improves to 5-0 on the season in goal.
Western Carolina will take six days off, from competition, before opening Southern Conference play at Elon on September 26. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.