Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina sophomore Jordan Howell broke free in the second overtime to score the winning goal as the Catamounts opened their 2001 season with a 2-1 victory over Coastal Carolina at Schrader Field.
Howells game-winner came when she outran two Coastal Carolina defenders to the ball, knocking in the shot from the top of the goalkeepers box with 7:39 left in the second 15-minute sudden-death period. The Southern Pines, N.C., native additionally contributed an assist on Westerns first goal.
This overtime victory was a great test of character for our team, said Head Coach Debbie Hensley. The girls showed a lot of determination and heart today and that is a great way to start off the season.
After controlling the ball most of the first period, out-shooting Coastal Carolina 10-6 through the first 45 minutes, the Catamounts took a 1-0 lead when All-Southern Conference performer Nardia Moore (Fountain Inn, S.C.) headed Howells crossing pass with 4:09 left in the first half.
Coastal Carolina (0-1) tied the game with 13 seconds left before halftime on Jill DeLanos free kick from 35 yards out.
Western (1-0) had a 20 shots on goal, compared to only nine for the Chants. Catamount goalie Mandi Tinsley was credited with five saves, while Coastal Carolina keeper Candice Doten turned away six shots.
The Catamounts will return to action Monday (Sept. 3) when they host Charleston Southern. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.