Oct. 26, 2011
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina women's soccer (9-9-1, 4-7 Southern Conference) secured the 8th seed in the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament with a 1-0 win over rival Appalachian State (6-11-2, 2-7-2 SoCon) Wednesday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
In a scenario that was eerily similar to the end of the 2010 season, Western Carolina came out on the winning end in 2011. Last year the Catamounts bid to the Southern Conference Tournament also came down to a victory over the Mountaineers but the Catamounts tied with ASU and were shutout of the tournament.
This season was not the case. It is the first time the Catamounts have earned a bid to the tournament in two years. In 2009, only four teams received bids to the tournament, and Western Carolina didn't make the cut. Last season, WCU just missed the eight-team cut-off.
Western Carolina will face No. 1 seed Samford at 5 p.m. on October 30 in Birmingham, Alabama in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament. The top four seeds host the first round.
Not to be lost in the excitement was the honoring of line senior Emily Lynn whow was recognized before the game.
Western Carolina, who had suffered a six-game losing streak prior to the victory over Appalachian State on Wednesday night, picked the perfect match to end its skid and pick up a win. The Catamounts lone goal was also just the second scored by the Catamounts in the month of October.
After Appalachian State got some early looks at the goal to start the match, Western Carolina seemed to warm up as the game progressed. The Catamounts got solid quality looks at, but were missing the net by just the tiniest of margins.
It was sophomore Christine Kaznowski that finally got the Catamounts on the board. At the 25:51 mark Kaznowski took a pass from junior Laura Greb and headed the ball into the goal from about five yards out.
After the goal, Western Carolina continued to get quality looks, but it was the team's defense that really shined. Appalachian State had just six shots on goal, three in each period, and redshirt junior Katie Jacobsonly had to make two saves.
Western Carolina ended the match with 19 shots.