GREENVILLE, North Carolina – Western Carolina used goals by junior Sara Robinson and sophomore Markie Studinsky in the opening 24 minutes to defeat UNCW, 2-1, in collegiate women’s soccer action Friday in the ECU Soccer Tournament at the ECU Soccer Stadium.  

The Catamounts remained undefeated on the season as they improved to 3-0 while the Seahawks slipped to 0-3 on the campaign. Both teams return to action Sunday in the ECU Soccer Tournament as UNCW faces UNCG at Noon while WCU faces host East Carolina at 2:30 p.m.

“We have to stop giving up early goals,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “Give credit to Western Carolina for taking their chances. We fought back well and created some opportunities in the second half. We simply have to get tougher and bounce back for Sunday.”

Robinson opened the scoring just 4:05 into the contest, putting a cross from sophomore Amanda Schwartz into the lower right corner of the net for her second goal of the campaign.

Studinsky doubled the Catamounts advantage to 2-0 in the 24th minute when she knocked a ball past a charging Carolyn Huddy from 16 yards out for her first strike of the season.

Sophomore Katrina Guillou would get the Seahawks on the board just before the end of the half as she took a pass from fellow sophomore Theresa O’Sullivan and put the shot into the left-hand side of the net at the 41:25 mark to make it a 2-1 contest.

That would be as close as the Seahawks would get, as despite out-shooting the Catamounts, 4-1, in the second half, they would be unable to tally the equalizer.  

UNCW held a 12-4 shot advantage in the contest, including an 8-3 margin in the first half and attempted seven of the nine corner kicks awarded.

Junior Jenny Lauer and freshman Carly Tintsman split time in net for the Catamounts as Lauer played the first 45 minutes before being replaced by Tintsman at the half. The duo combined to make three stops. Huddy got the start in goal for the Seahawks and finished with two saves.