Sept. 23, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. -Western Carolina women's soccer (5-4-1, 1-0-1 Southern Conference) stunned UNCG (4-6-1, 1-1 SoCon), at home, defeating the Spartans 1-0 Sunday at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
It was just the second time in school history the Catamounts have come away with a win in Greensboro. The last win at UNCG was a 1-0 victory on September 27, 2002. The Western Carolina win snaps the Spartans' three-match winning streak.
"I am very proud of our effort today in a very hard fought match following a double overtime game on Friday," said Head Coach Chad Miller. "We had a great game plan going into today and the players executed it brilliantly. Anytime you can get three points on the road in this league is huge."
After a scoreless first half, in which both teams had four shots in the first 45 minutes, it became clear goals would be at a premium with both teams pressing defensively.
In the first six minutes, of the second half, UNCG had three shots, two on goal. Forty-seven seconds into the second half the Spartans' Kat Barnekow took a shot that went over the goal. Four minutes later, in a span of two minutes, the Spartans' Ashley Stokes and Zoe Fishman had shots on goal that were saved by sophomore goalie Jennifer Lauer.
Western Carolina had just one shot in the second half, but it was the only shot it needed, as it hit the mark. Senior forward Laura Greb took a pass from freshman Amanda Schwartzbeating UNCG keeper Jamie Simmons sending it into the goal from the right corner. It was Greb's second goal of the season and Schwartz's second assist.
Lauer got her first start of the season, in goal, after coming into the game against Elon on Friday, in the first half, and finishing the match. She earns her first win and her first shutout as a Catamount goalie improving to 1-0-1 on the season. Lauer made six saves on nine shots by UNCG.
"Jenny stepped in on Friday and never missed a beat," Miller said. "She has been very vocal and plays with confidence wihich is something we needed today."
Perhaps the biggest save, from Lauer, came at 87:43 as UNCG was scrambling to tie the match as the clock wound down. Spartan Candice Forbes took a shot but Lauer was there to make the stop - it would be the last threat by UNCG in the match.
Western Carolina returns home on Friday to host Davidson. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.