Sept. 12, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina women's soccer (3-2) will try and halt a two-game losing slide when it welcomes Western Kentucky University (1-2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Western Carolina dropped a 1-0 decision to Charlotte on Sunday, the first time the Catamounts have been shut out this season. Western Kentucky was also blanked on Sunday falling 1-0 to Memphis.
The game on Friday is the first road game of the season for the Hilltopper. Western Kentucky has played their first five games of the season at home. WKU's lone win is a 2-1 victory over Indiana State.
This is the second meeting between Western Carolina and Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers defeated the Catamounts 1-0 in overtime on August 11, 2011. Western Kentucky is also the second school from the state of Kentucky Western Carolina has seen this season as the team defeated Eastern Kentucky 2-0 on Aug. 25.
Western Carolina sophomore forward Kelly Pannellis tied for first in the Southern Conference for assists with three in the first five games of the season. She also paces the team with five points and scored the first goal of her career in the 2-1 double overtime loss to East Carolina on Sept. 2.
The Catamounts are led by sophomore forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky and junior midfielder Sara Robinsonin terms of goal production. Both have a pair of goals this season. Five different players have combined for seven goals for Western Carolina this season.
In contrast, Western Kentucky has only scored three goals on the year. Sophomore forward Lauren Moats has a pair of goals and freshman midfielder Haley Baldridge has one.
The game against Western Kentucky is the second of a three-game home stand for Western Carolina. The Catamounts host ETSU at 2 p.m. Sunday.