Oct. 30, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Western Carolina women's soccer (9-10-1) ended its season with a 2-1 loss at Samford (12-5-2), in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament, Sunday at the Samford Soccer Stadium.
Both teams seemed to be feeling each other out and shaking off the nerves, as the match was scoreless for over 30 minutes in the first period. Western Carolina took just two shots in the first period, including a great look by Tara Budnick who had her shot blocked.
Samford got a taste of the goal 14 minutes in when Sarah Wilkinson had a strong shot that pinged off the middle of the cross bar. After two more shot attempts, the Bulldogs found the goal at the 38:54 mark when Amanda Abbott beat the defenders and sent a header pass from Shanika Thomas into the net. Less then a minute later, Samford tacked on a second goal after Shannon Weathington pushed in the goal after a scrum in front of the net.
Western Carolina showed it still had heart as it battled the rest of the first period and into the second period. That never quit attitude paid off into the middle of the second period when the Catamounts shaved the Bulldogs' lead to one. At the 67:22 mark, Budnick notched her third goal of the season when she sent a header shot into the goal. The goal was off a free kick by redshirt junior Samantha Hodge who picked up her team-leading sixth assist of the season.
After taking just two shots in the first period, Western Carolina showed its mettle by taking nine in the second period for nine in the game. Samford ended the contest with 11.