Score: Furman 3 - Western Carolina 2
Records: Western Carolina 6-7-3, 2-4-1 SoCon, Furman 12-4-1, 5-1-1 SoCon
Location: Eugene Stone Soccer Stadium -- Greenville, S.C.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Western Carolina women’s soccer team went to overtime for the second-straight match Sunday afternoon but unfortunately the Catamounts were unable to come away with a point as the Furman Paladins scored the game-winner 2:46 into the first extra period.
The Catamounts came out of the gates on fire as senior striker Kelly Pannell struck twice in the opening 28 minutes of play. Pannell wasted little time putting the Catamounts on top as senior midfielder Sara Robinson slotted a ball through the middle of the Paladin defense and found Pannell who finished the strike just 7:37 into the first period. It was Pannell’s third goal of the season and Robinson’s second assist.
Pannell came through again in the 28th minute of action as her and Robinson teamed up again to down the Paladin defense. Freshman Sayres McKenna fed the ball to Robisnon who quickly found Pannell. Pannell sent a low strike to the left side of the net to beat the Paladin keeper and put Furman on its heels. Both McKenna and Robinson were credited with assists on the play.
WCU held a two-goal lead for most of the first half but with just under six minutes left in the period. Furman’s Virginia Poe headed in a corner kick for her first goal of the season.
The Catamounts carried the one goal advantage into the locker room for the halftime break but the lead did not last long into the second half as Furman took just 47 seconds to find the back of the net as Stephanie DeVita chipped WCU’s keeper for her 12th goal of the season.
Both teams played even the rest of the period as the game headed into overtime. Furman would once again strike early and take advantage of a corner kick. Molly Dwyer ended the game just 2:47 into the extra period as she headed in a ball off of the Paladins sixth corner of the game. The intial header went to the back post and was headed back into the fray where Dwyer found the ball with her head and sent it into the top of the net.
After the Catamounts scored a pair of early goals, Furman got on the board late in the first half. With just under six minutes remaining in the period the Paladins scored a header goal to cut the deficit to just one heading into the locker room. Furman then exploded out of the break to tie the match up 47 seconds into the second half.
- Senior striker Kelly Pannell scored her third and fourth goals of the season in the match. It is her third time scoring twice in a match and first since the 2013 season. Pannell had two goals against Western Kentucky on Sept. 13, 2013 at the 5:41 mark and 8:12 mark. She also had a pair of goals against Francis Marion on Oct. 25, 2013 at the 8:03 and 21:47 marks.
- Senior goalkeeper Lauren Martin made her fourth start of the season and made one save in 25 minutes of action. Junior Carly Tinstman played the rest of the way allowing three goals and making a pair of stops.
- Senior Sara Robinson recorded her first multi-assist game of her career Sunday afternoon.
- Pannell and Robinson each had a team-high five shots while Pannell led the team with four shots on goal.
Inside the Box Score
- The Catamounts attacked the Paladins goalkeeper throughout the match sending 10 shots on goal. Maggie Grisell was forced to make eight saves in the match to keep her team’s hopes alive.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina advanced to overtime for the fifth time this season. WCU is now 0-2-3 in overtime games this season.
- The Catamounts' loss to Furman is the 15th loss in the series with the Paladins. WCU is 3-6-1 in the last 10 meetings with Furman.
- WCU had 15 shots in the match which was the 11th time this season WCU has had double-digit shots. The 10 shots on goal were the fourth most this season for the Catamounts.
- Goalkeeper Carly Tinstman suffered her sixth loss of the season to move to 5-6-2 on the year.
- Western Carolina is 1-3-1 over the last five games and has just two matches left in the regular season.
Western Carolina returns to Cullowhee for their final two matches of the regular season. WCU will face Chattanooga on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm before taking on Samford in the season finale on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 pm. The Catamounts will honor their seniors prior to Sunday’s match with Samford.
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