Oct. 21, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina women's soccer team was unable to overcome two early Davidson goals and dropped their Senior Days match to the Wildcats, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Davidson got on the board at the 1:48 mark in the match when sophomore forward Kyri Bye-Nagel gathered a long pass from teammate Courtney Hart and put her shot in the lower right corner of the net. Bye-Nagel ended up putting two more shots in the goal to record a hat trick on the night. She took a give-and-go with Lauren Conner that slipped past WCU goalkeeper Caitlin Williams and finished in the open net. Then 13 minutes into the second half, she knocked in a header from four yards out to close out the scoring at 3-0.
Western Carolina found some positives in the stat sheet however, leading the match in shots taken, 11-7. They also shut out their opponent in corner kicks for the second straight match while taking seven corners of their own. Combining this match and last Friday's match against Georgia Southern, the Cats own a 19-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Catamounts were unfazed by the early defecit and kept fighting throughout the match, including senior Heather Dittmer's shot at the 66:36 mark that was barely saved by the Davidson goalkeeper. With the score 2-0, WCU went on the attack in the 55th minute, when Nikki Collins received the crossing pass and saw her header go just high of the goal.
Prior to the game, Western honored their six seniors from this year's team. Bailey Culp, Lauren Atkinson, Rebekah Mumm, Leah Daino, Heather Dittmer, and Melissa Berry were individually introduced to the Catamount faithful and were escorted by their families out to the middle of the field to meet with Coach Tammy DeCesare and WCU Athletic Director Chip Smith.
With the loss, Western Carolina drops to 8-8-1 on the season, and 3-4-1 in the Southern Conference. Davidson ups their record to 10-4-1 and 5-1-1 in the SoCon. The Catamounts finish their regular season home schedule with a record of 4-2, extending their streak of consecutive years with a winning record at home to four, including all three spent at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
The Catamounts will look to get back on the winning side and enter the conference tournament on a roll when they travel down to Elon, N.C. to take on the Phoenix of Elon University. Kick off is set for 1:00 p.m. They will then close out the regular season the following Wednesday in Spartanburg, S.C. when they face off against Wofford College.