Soccer knocks off Western Carolina 2-1 at Jayne Stadium

Sep 21, 2016

MSU women's soccer defeated Western Carolina September 9th
Credit Morehead State Athletics

Morehead State soccer improved to a 3-2-1 record after a 2-1 defeat of Western Carolina on September 9th.

"(Western Carolina) was a team that played with a lot of heart, a lot of fight," said Eagles' head coach Warren Lipka. "We'll take the win."

Morehead State broke the game open midway through the first half when sophomore Cara Maher scored her second career goal off a long throw-in from redshirt junior Tayler Stivers. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead into halftime but jumped out to a two-goal lead in the 76th minute.

Freshman Morgan Vonderheide recorded her first career score off an assist from fellow Russell High School (Ky.) alum Shelby Huddleston. However, Western Carolina finally lit up the scoreboard with a goal by Tatiana Hawkins-Dabney in the match's penultimate minute. Morehead State held on for the remaining 60 seconds to secure a 2-1 victory.

Freshman goalkeeper Eva Ýr Helgadóttir earned her second start in net after nursing a minor ankle injury following her Aug. 25 season debut at Bowling Green. The Reykjavík, Iceland native pulled in four saves off 13 shot attempts from the Catamounts.

"(Ýr Helgadóttir) has confidence," Lipka said. "That's what we expected from her. I think she's really coming into her own."

Senior defender Angela Black, fresh off an Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week performance last week, anchored an Eagles' backline that held Western Carolina to no goals through the match's first 88 minutes.

"I thought (Black) was outstanding tonight," said Lipka. "She had a great night."