Oct. 24, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina women's soccer team will bookend Family Weekend with a pair of matches, first hosting Chattanooga on Friday at 7:00 pm, followed by Senior Day against Southern Conference newcomer, the Samford Bulldogs, on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm.
Western Carolina is coming off another impressive weekend last week, scoring two road victories to extend their winning streak to three-straight and 8-2 in their last ten games. On Friday last week, the Catamounts came away with a 2-1 victory over Georgia Southern thanks to a game-winning goal from junior Shanna Schmoker for her fourth goal of the season. On Sunday, the Catamounts earned a 2-1 victory over the Davidson Wildcats thanks to a game-winning goal from freshman Kayla Beauduy, also her fourth goal of the season and second game winner.
With the two wins, WCU improved to 10-6 overall with a 7-1 record in the SoCon heading into the weekend. It also marks the first time Western Carolina has defeated Davidson on the road in their ten-year existence. The Catamounts are coming into this weekend with a four-match home winning streak that dates back to Sept. 21 and looking to continue their current three-game winning streak.
"Since we began conference play, we look at one opponent at a time and to have fun while we're doing it," said head coach Tammy DeCesare. "The players are enjoying this season. If you get the players to desperately want the season to continue, and most times they'll make it happen."
The first match-up this weekend will feature Chattanooga coming to Cullowhee on Friday starting at 7:00 pm. The Mocs come in with a 2-6 record in the SoCon. The Catamounts hold a 6-2-1, all-time series record with Chattanooga with last year's game ending in a 6-1 win for Western Carolina.
The final game of the weekend will be Western Carolina's Senior Day honoring the two seniors, Arlan Whittle and Buki Baruwa. The Catamounts will host SoCon newcomer Samford for their first-ever meeting with the Bulldogs holding a 5-1-2 record in the SoCon on the season with one tie against SoCon-leader, UNC Greensboro.
"Arlan and Buki have been first class leaders for the team this year," DeCesare said. "They've been on the same page with each other and the coaching staff since Day one and have made every decision with the programs' best interest in mind. They have been stellar role models on and off the field for this young group - and we will miss them dearly."
Western Carolina will play their final regular season game against arch-rival Appalachian State on Oct. 30th in Boone. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm.