STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern Women's Soccer pounded two late goals across the line for a 2-0 victory over Western Carolina on Friday, October 7th, at Eagle Field. The win gives the Eagles their first league win of the season and improves Georgia Southern to 3-7-2 overall. Western Carolina falls to 8-4-1 overall and 3-2-0 in league play.
"It was a good win today," said Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel. "Getting three points in the league are going to go a long way. With as much parity as our league has, every point you can get is going to matter. The girls really enjoyed getting the win and we as coaches enjoyed it just as much."
The Eagles grabbed control of the match in the 73rd minute with a goal by Lindsey Vasher (Richmond Hill, Ga.). A corner kick was pushed outside of the area where defender Lindsay Hammer (Evans, Ga.) came forward to meet the ball. She lofted the ball over the retreating attack where Vasher remained in space. Vasher nicked the ball over the Western Carolina goalkeeper and into the net.
Courtney Collins (Mason, Ohio) doubled the Georgia Southern advantage and nailed down the victory in the 82nd minute with her fifth goal of the year off an assist by senior Sara Oland (Evans, Ga.). Oland's through ball sprung Collins as the Catamounts pressed forward for the equalizer. Collins got the ball in the penalty area and made a move around the goalkeeper to walk the ball into the net.
Goalkeeper Katie Merson (Albuquerque, N.M.) kept her second clean sheet on the trot, making three saves in the victory.
Georgia Southern wraps up a fortnight of home matches at Eagle Field on Sunday, October 9th, against Appalachian State. The Eagles and Mountaineers square off at 2 p.m.
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