CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s soccer earned a No. 4 seed headed into the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championships and will host No. 5 seed Furman 7 p.m. Saturday at the Catamount Athletic Complex. Admission is free to the event.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
- For the second straight year, Western Carolina earned the No. 4 seed in the Southern Conference Championships earning the right to host a quarterfinal game at home. The Catamounts had to win both road games, to close out the regular season, for a chance at a first-round bye and sealed the deal with back-to-back shutouts on the road at The Citadel (3-0) and winning on a penalty kick in double overtime against Mercer (1-0). It was the Catamounts first road wins of the season.
- Western Carolina is riding a three-match winning streak courtesy of three straight shutouts. Western Carolina has outscored opponents 4-0 over the last three games and has not allowed a goal in the last 300 plus minutes.
- Senior defender Shannon Burns earned the first SoCon Player of the Week honor in her career closing out the regular season with the final weekly conference honor of the season. She was also the first Catamount to be named the player of the week this season. She scored her first career goal, netting a penalty kick in the win over the Bulldogs. Burns anchored a strong backline that weathered 17 shots by the home team. At Mercer, Burns and the defense faced 16 shots and recorded another shutout.
- Megan McCallister was involved in three of the four goals Western Carolina scored last weekend against VMI and Mercer. It was her first goals of the season. The pinnacle goal for McCallister came against Mercer when she was chosen to shoot the penalty kick in the second overtime against the Bears. Her PK golden goal not only secured the 1-0 win for Western Carolina over the Bears. She now has 12 goals in her career tying her for 15th in the WCU record books.
- Western Carolina and Furman meet for the second time this season. The Catamounts enter the quarterfinals of the SoCon Championships as the No. 4 seed and Furman is the No. 5 seed. The fifth seed for Furman is the lowest for the Paladins since a No. 5 seed in the 2011 championships. Furman holds a 16-7-1 advantage over the Catamounts but WCU has won the last two meetings outscoring the Paladins 5-1. It will be the second straight meeting between the two teams in the SoCon Championships as WCU and Furman squared off in the 2017 SoCon Championship semi-final game hosted by Samford. WCU went out, as the No. 4 seed, to oust the Paladins, who were the No. 1 seed, from the tournament with a 2-0 victory. Earlier in the season, a 3-1 Catamount win capped off a 2-0 start for the Catamounts in SoCon play.