Freshman Kasey Cooke scored her second goal of the season to tie the game with Samford late in the second half.
Oct. 11, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (6-6-1, 1-4 Southern Conference) fell to Samford (9-3-1, 3-1-1 SoCon) 2-1 in overtime Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
"Really proud of our effort, thought we played a solid match tonight," said Head Coach Chad Miller. "I thought the team battled throughout the game."
Four plus minutes into overtime a scrum in the front of Catamount goal caused an own goal. The ball careened off the foot of Western Carolina player Tara Budnick and into the goal securing the win for Samford.
"These losses really sting when you lose on an error," Miller admitted. "We just have to keep moving forward and what we try to convey to our players is we are really proud of their effort and overall we played well."
This is the second overtime contest in the last three games for Western Carolina with the Catamounts dropping both games. Western Carolina lost 2-1 in OT at Davidson on Oct. 4.
The game was scoreless for the first 74 plus minutes after Western Carolina and Samford went into the half at 0-0.
Samford's Taylor Borman got the first score of the game putting the Bulldogs up 1-0 at the 75:46 mark. A scramble in front of the goal found the back of the net off the foot of Borman.
Down 1-0 Western Carolina spent most of the remaining part of the second half on the attack. The aggressive played paid off late in the game. With just three minutes left in the game, 87:25) a beautiful pass from junior forward Caitlyn Bradham found a wide open freshman Kasey Cooke. Samford goalie Melissa Montgomery came out of the goal and Cooke sailed the ball, from about 10 yards out, to the right corner of the net for the score.
The contest was a physical one and both teams fought for every inch of the field. Samford had eight corner kicks in the match to Western Carolina's two. Also, there were a total of 14 shots, nine for the Bulldogs and five for the Catmaounts.
"We have to get points," Miller said. "Our ultimate goal is to make the conference tournament and points are crucial. Sunday is the next opportunity and Chattanooga is a tough environment to play in and their hungry too."
Western Carolina travels to Chattanooga on Sunday. The contest with the Mocs is set for 2 p.m.