Catamount Soccer Gets Set For Two SEC Showdowns this weekend

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Nikki Lombardo scored her first goal this season last week against Sacred Heart.
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Junior Nikki Lombardo scored her first goal this season last week against Sacred Heart.
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Sept. 19, 2008

Cullowhee, NC- Western Carolina women's soccer (2-4) will look to continue their one game winning streak against Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Regal Soccer Stadium.

Western Carolina is coming off a road trip last week in New Haven, Conn. where the Catamounts played in the Yale Soccer Classic. Western Carolina dropped the first match 3-1 against host Yale. The Catamounts ended the tournament on a good note, with a 2-1 victory over Sacred Heart.

Junior Nikki Collins was named offensive MVP for Western and junior Jenny Matteson earned the defensive MVP award for her team.

The Catamounts will look to continue their success against Tennessee. This will be the second meeting between the two teams with the first coming back in 2002 where the Volunteers took a 3-1 victory against the Catamounts.

This week in practice the Catamounts were getting ready to face two tough opponents with South Carolina being a home contest set for Sunday starting at 2 p.m.

"It's going to take 90 minutes of complete effort and focus to be successful against these teams (or any team for that matter)," said head coach Tammy DeCesare. "Team defending has been our primary focus this week."

The Catamounts will look to feed off their home crowd for support on Sunday when the Gamecocks come to town. South Carolina comes into the game with a 5-0-2 record and recently ranked 20th in the nation for women's soccer.

"Battle with intensity for 90 minutes, maintain our composure under pressure, believe that we're capable of the win," DeCesare said. "That is what we need to do against South Carolina."

Fans can follow the Catamounts on Catamountsports.com and game tracker will be available for Sunday's contest against Top-25 South Carolina Gamecocks starting at 2 p.m.

 

 

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