Sept. 30, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (5-6-1, 1-2-1 Southern Conference) dropped a 2-1 decision to Georgia Southern (6-3-3, 2-2 SoCon) Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
After a scoreless first half, both teams found some scoring rhythm in the final 45 minutes of the match. Western Carolina scored first to take the lead when freshman Markie-Lynn Studnicky took a pass from fellow freshman Amanda Schwartz and beat the Eagle goalie, Katie Merson, to send it to the back of the net at 63:24.
The goal by Studnicky was her fifth of the season, which leads the team. The assist by Schwartz was her third on the year.
After Western Carolina took the 1-0 lead, the Eagles scored two unanswered goals to come from behind to defeat the Catamounts. A goal by Eagle Alex Murphy tied the game at the 66:31 mark and Sydnie Van Curen scored the game-winning unassisted goal at 73:49.
With a shot differential of 7-2, in the first half, Western Carolina came out firing in the second half with three straight shots by junior Christine Kaznowski. She got the start in the second half and was looking to score.
The Catamounts best scoring opportunity, to start the second half, came at 50:24. Kaznowski came from the left side and sent a scorching shot to the right side of the goal, but it nicked the goal post, just on the inside of the post, and skipped out.
Georgia Southern had 14 shots in the match and Western Carolina ended the game with 11, nine coming in the second half. Merson had four saves for the Eagles and sophomore goalie Jennifer Lauer gave up two goals and had three saves.
Western Carolina hits the road for two weeks in Southern Conference action. First up, in the four-match road swing, is a meeting at Samford at 8 p.m. Friday.