The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 1, Mercer 0; 2 OT

Records: Western Carolina 8-7-2, 5-4 SoCon, Mercer 9-6-4, 4-3-2 SoCon

Location: Betts Stadium, Macon, Ga.

MACON, Ga. – Senior Megan McCallister scored the golden goal on a penalty kick to lift Western Carolina to a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Mercer Sunday at Betts Stadium.

The key Southern Conference win pushed the Catamounts to the No. 4 seed heading into the Southern Conference Championships. WCU will host No. 5 seed Furman at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Turning Point:

In a scoreless match, Mercer was flagged with two yellow cards one on a player and one on the team setting up a penalty kick for the Catamounts. McCallister converted on the PK to give WCU the victory.

Individual Leaders

  •  McCallister scored the lone goal of the match off a penalty kick to secure the win for the Catamounts.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Icen earned the shutout in goal and did not face a shot on goal from the Bears.
  • McCallister and Regan Ward each had four shots in the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina’s defense was stifling. Although Mercer took 16 shots in the game, the Bears did not connect on a shot that found its way to a shot on goal.
  • With under three minutes left in double overtime, Mercer’s Abigail Zoeller was flagged with a yellow card inside the Bear’s box and the Mercer’s team was also given a yellow card. This set up a penalty kick for the Catamounts. McCallister took the PK shooting the ball into the left side of the net for the score.
  • Western Carolina had 14 shots in the match.
  • Goalkeeper Icen improved to 2-4-1 on the season.

News & Notes

  • Western Carolina is riding a three-game winning streak headed into the SoCon Championships.
  • For the second straight season, Western Carolina earned the No. 4 seed in the SoCon Championships. The four seed was also where WCU was picked in the preseason poll.    
  • WCU’s shutout over Mercer was the seventh of the season.
  • Western Carolina has not allowed a goal in the last 300 plus minutes. 
  • The five conference wins is the most for the Catamounts since 2014.
  • After failing to win a road game all season, Western Carolina closed out the regular season with back-to-back road victories.
  • With the win over Mercer, the Catamounts are now 3-2 against the Bears in Macon.
  • The penalty shot in the game was the second of the season for the Catamounts and the second in as many games.
  • After not scoring a goal in the first 15 matches of the season, McCallister has scored a goal in the last two games.
  • ETSU, Western Carolina and Furman all finished 5-4 in the regular season. ETSU, who fell to The Citadel 2-1 in double-overtime Sunday, earned the No. 3 seed by a tiebreaker. Western Carolina’s 1-0 win against Mercer on Sunday, also in double-overtime, moved the Catamounts into fourth, while Furman sits at No. 5.

Up Next

No. 4 seed Western Carolina will host No. 5 seed Furman in the Southern Conference quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The match will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network.

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