Sept. 19, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (4-2-1) heads on the road at 7 p.m. Friday to face future Southern Conference member Mercer (4-3-1) at Bear Field in its final non conference match of the season.
The Catamounts are coming off a 1-1 draw, with ironically another future SoCon member school, East Tennessee State University on Sunday. Western Carolina came from behind, 0-1 at the half, to tie the match in the second battling through the remainder of regulation and a pair of overtimes.
Sophomore forward Kelly Pannell scored the game-tying goal against ETSU. It was her third goal of the weekend as the Sales Creek, Tenn. native also scored both goals for the Catamounts in the 2-0 win over Western Kentucky on Sept. 13.
Pannell leads the Catamounts for the season with four goals and is tied for third in the Southern Conference. She also has three assists to pace the team and rank second in the SoCon.
Western Carolina has three shutouts this year and is 0-1-1 in double overtime matches. The Catamounts are outscoring opponents 10-5 over the first seven games of the season. Mercer also has a player boasting four goals this season in Washida Blackman, a junior forward from Snellville, Ga. As a team, the Bears have scored 22 goals, benefiting from a 10-0 win over Alabama A&M in the season opener. Mercer has shut out its last two opponents and is 2-1-1 at home.
This will be the first meeting between Western Carolina and Mercer.