Oct. 19, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer's comeback attempt was squelched when College of Charleston's McCallie Jones scored the golden goal giving the Cougars a 3-2 win in overtime Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
The Catamounts fall to 6-9-2 and 2-5-2 in the Southern Conference while College of Charleston improves to 5-10-1 and 4-4-1 in the SoCon. The loss by Western Carolina makes Sunday's game with The Citadel crucial for the Catamounts' bid for a spot in the eight-team Southern Conference Tournament. A win over the Citadel gives Western Carolina a good shot at making the tournament. A loss all but ends its chances.
Western Carolina proved it has the will and mettle to fight in a match. The Catamounts overcame a 2-0 deficit to knot the contest at two in the second half. College of Charleston jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring both of its goals in the first 45 minutes. Five minutes into the match, Jackie Weston scored for the Cougars off an assist by Kate Twhoig. With five minutes left in the half, the Cougars pushed its lead to two, when a scrum inside the box, led to a College of Charleston score by Maryam Buazza.
Freshman forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky found the back of the net twice to help Western Carolina tie the game at two, scoring both of her goals in the second half. At the 59:24 mark, Studnicky took an assist by Laura Greb, getting a look inside the box, to score.
Studnicky scored her second goal of the match at 80:43. She took a shot 15 yards out, on a straight on shot at the goal. The ball was a low-line shot that cut to the left and went in.
The pair of goals was Studnicky's eighth and ninth of the season. Her nine goals lead the Catamounts and rank her third in the Southern Conference. Studnicky's nine goals this season are also the most by a Catamount women's soccer player since Stephanie Svoboda had nine goals in the 2004 season.
Western Carolina will honor its five seniors: Katie Jacobs, Lindsay Carter, Katie Salmons, Laura Greb and Samantha Hodge Sunday prior to the 2 p.m. match with The Citadel.