Catamounts Claw Past Seahawks, 1-0
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior forward Emily Lynn scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute and junior keeper Katie Jacobs recorded seven saves to lift Western Carolina to a 1-0 victory over UNCW in the final game of the 2011 UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
The Catamounts improved to 5-2-1 on the season while the Seahawks slipped to 2-6. Richmond captured the 2011 UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational title with a 2-1 triumph over North Florida in the first contest of the day.
Despite being out-shot 13-6, Western Carolina notched the only goal of the game at 72:00 mark as Lynn used a through ball from sophomore Christine Kaznowski to get behind the Seahawks defense before placing a shot just inside the left post from 15 yards out for her first goal of the season.
UNCW had a chance to tie the game just moments after the Catamounts strike, as the Seahawks were awarded a penalty kick in the 74th minute when senior Kelly Dodd was tackled inside the box.
Jacobs kept UNCW off the board, however, as she made a diving save to her left to deny the initial attempt by junior Stephanie Rose before scrambling to her feet to stop Rose again on the ensuing rebound.
In a scoreless first half, Catamounts freshman Savannah Ward had the best opportunity to open the scoring as she rang a shot off the right post from point-blank range in the 34th minute.
UNCW held a 13-6 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by an 8-2 edge in the second half. Western Carolina enjoyed a slim 5-4 margin in corner kicks taken. Junior Caitlin Hunter recorded two stops between the pipes for UNCW.
UNCW returns to action Sept. 23 when they open Colonial Athletic Association play with a 7 p.m. contest at Delaware.
Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational All-Tournament Team
Megan Dorsey - North Florida
Lauren Hopfensperger - North Florida
Sam Keyes - North Florida
Erin Layne - Richmond
Natalie LeClair - Richmond
Kris Lescalleet - Richmond
Emily Lynn - Western Carolina
Stephanie Rose - UNCW
Christine White - North Florida
Ashley Williams - Richmond