Oct. 23, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer (7-9-2, 3-5-2 Southern Conference) closes out the regular season with a road match at Appalachian State (9-7-1, 6-3-1 SoCon) at 7 p.m. Wednesday with post-season implications on the line.
For the third straight season, the Catamounts bid for a spot in the Southern Conference Tournament comes down to the final match of the season against rival Appalachian State. The following set of scenarios need to occur for Western Carolina to earn a bid in the 2012 tournament: A Catamount win clinches a spot. If Western Carolina wins and College of Charleston loses, WCU jumps College of Charleston for the seven seed. If Western Carolina wins and College of Charleston ties, the teams would finish tied with 14 points, but College of Charleston holds the head-to-head tiebreaker and would get the 7 seed. WCU would be the No. 8 seed if The Citadel and Georgia Southern both lose.
Should WCU lose and The Citadel ties College of Charleston to get to 11 points, WCU owns the head-to-head with the Bulldogs and would get the No. 8 seed. However, if WCU and Citadel both lose and Georgia Southern ties to get to 11 points, the Eagles owns the head-to-head over WCU and would get the 8 seed, leaving WCU out. If WCU loses and either of the two teams below it wins, WCU will not make the tournament.
The Catamounts hold a 9-2-1 overall record against Appalachian State. Western Carolina is 4-2-1 in Boone, N.C. Western Carolina won the last meeting, in Cullowhee, 1-0 on October 26, 2011 to earn its first bid in the Southern Conference Tournament in two years.
Freshman forward Markie-Lynn Studnicky leads Western Carolina with nine goals, which also ranks her third in the Southern Conference. Her 20 points also leads the team and ranks third in the SoCon. Studnicky's nine goals are the most by a Catamount soccer player since 2004. She is one goal shy of tying for fifth place, with 10, for most goals in a season.
Should Western Carolina earn a bid in the Southern Conference Tournament first round, the Catamounts would play on Sunday at either the No.1 or No. 2 seeded team's home field.