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MSU Soccer scores early, drops season opener at Western Carolina

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Morehead State struck first, but ultimately fell 3-1 at Western Carolina in Friday's regular-season opener.

"I'm encouraged how we came out tonight," said MSU head coach Warren Lipka. "We were a better team, but we got a little tired. We must maintain that effort for 90 minutes."

Freshman midfielder Caitlyn Burdine netted the initial score of the match, thanks to an assist from junior Samantha Damante in the 31st minute. Western Carolina quickly followed on the scoreboard, however, notching its first goal less than 30 seconds later.

The two teams entered halftime in a 1-1 tie, but WCU scored twice unanswered in the second period. The game's final goal was clinched in the 86th minute.

The Eagles saw reigning Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Ashley Ritchie attempt half of Morehead State's eight shots, landing one try on goal in 65 minutes of action. Junior goalkeeper Michelle Washburn notched seven saves off 16 shots from the Catamounts.

MSU returns to action early next week in the Eagles' 2017 home debut. Morehead State will kick off with Northern Kentucky (1-0) at Jayne Stadium on Monday at 7 p.m. ET. 

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