Oct. 21, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Hollywood couldn't have scripted a better ending, for Western Carolina women's soccer (7-9-2, 3-5-2 Southern Conference), with senior Laura Greb scoring the game-winning goal to give the Catamounts a 3-2 win over The Citadel (5-11-1, 3-6-1 SoCon) Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex on Senior Day.
Tied at two, the Catamounts were staring down the possibility of its third-straight overtime match, with 10 plus minutes left in the contest. A pair of seniors had other ideas. Samantha Hodge sent a pass to Madison Lee, from the left side, to Greb who was five yards out, heading the pass toward the goal and it sailed over the head of The Citadel goalie Sarah Katchen and into the right side of the net.
The victory puts Western Carolina's fates in its own hands for a spot in the eight-team Southern Conference Tournament. For the third year in a row, it all comes down to the final match of the season against rival Appalachian State. A win secures the Catamounts an invite to the SoCon Tournament. A loss would put Western Carolina's fate in other team's performances.
The Citadel struck first in the contest, in the first half. Mariana Garcia scored her 14th goal of the season, ranking her second in the SoCon, from an assist by Jannel Johnson at the 11:35 mark.
Junior Christine Kaznowksi had just recently entered the match and it turned out to be a fortuitous sub by Head Coach Chad Miller. Kaznowski took a pass from Kayla Sedgley, inside the box, with a perfectly placed shot that rocketed over the Bulldog goalie's head to knot the contest at one.
In the middle of the second half, Western Carolina took its first lead of the contest thanks to another Christine on the team. This time it was Christiine Cockrell, notching her first Catamount goal of her career. The goal gave Western Carolina a 2-1 lead in the match. Cockrell got a pass from freshman Markie-Lynn Studnicky, taking a shot from five yards out, for the score at 66:14.
Six minutes later, The Citadel tied the match at two. Vanessa Aponte scored an unassisted goal when she beat Catamount goalie Katie Jacobsand shot inside the box for the score, sending in from the left side.
Jacobs got her first start in goal in a month. Her last start was against Elon on September 21. She had five saves in the contest and improves to 5-5-1 on the season. Prior to the match seniors Katie Salmons, Lindsay Carter, Jacobs, Greb and Hodge were honored.
Western Carolina closes out the regular season on Wednesday traveling to rival Appalachian State. Match time is set for 7 p.m. in Boone, N.C.