Sept. 25, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (5-2-1) travels to Elon (5-1-1) Thursday to open Southern Conference play. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Rudd Field.
The Catamounts are coming off a 2-0 win at Mercer Sept. 20. The 2-0 win over the Bears is the fourth shutout of the season for WCU and the fifth multiple goal performance of the year.
Elon drew a tie with Virginia Commonwealth University on Sept, 22. Both teams have five wins and a tie this season while Elon has just one loss to Western Carolina's two. Western Carolina is 6-5-3 in opening Southern Conference games and holds a slim 3-2-5 advantage over Elon. The Catamounts are also 2-2-1 at Elon.
Sophomore forward Kelly Pannell paces the Catamounts with four goals. She has scored four of the last six goals over the course of the last five games. WCU has four players who have scored two or more goals this season. Along with Pannell, Sara Robinson, Markie-Lynn Studnicky and Caitlyn Bradham have each scored a pair of goals.
The Phoenix goalkeeper Kate Murphy is the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Week. Last week against Liberty and Virginia Commonwealth, Murphy tallied a combined 16 saves and a .500 goals-against average.
After the game at Elon, Western Carolina will return home Sunday to host UNCG at 2 p.m.