Fieldhouse Women’s Soccer Report, 10.26.2018

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WCU’s Natalia Icen makes a save against Furman (photo – WCU Athletics)

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ASHEVILLE, NC. (October 26, 2018) – As October wanes, area women’s college soccer teams are closing out their season schedules or moving into the conference playoffs.

The Western Carolina Catamounts and Furman Paladins are in the latter group and scheduled to meet tomorrow in the postseason. At 8-7-2 overall and 5-4 in the conference, fourth-seeded WCU will host #5 Furman (10-6, 5-4) at 7 p.m in the Southern Conference quarterfinals. Last season WCU fell to UNC-Greensboro in the SoCon tournament championship, while Furman captured the league’s regular-season title.

The Catamounts defeated the Paladins, 3-1, on September 23 in Cullowhee. In that game goalkeeper Natalia Icen made six saves, including five in the second half, to help preserve the victory. WCU’s roster includes 13 different players who have scored at least a goal, while Furman turns to freshman Erin Houlihan who has six goals and four assists in 13 starts. 

Check the Fieldhouse Weekender for the results from the game.

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At the college level, Brevard (9-7) continues to lead the area in wins with nine, but the Tornados are ineligible for the conference postseason as part of their transition into the NCAA DIII USA South. They remain eligible for a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoffs. Ashley Hughes (pictured) will likely finish the season as the region’s leading scorer. With two regular-season games remaining, Hughes has 13 goals and 2 assists and last week earned USA South Conference honors along with teammate Caroline David.

Montreat (5-6-3) faces the Reinhardt Eagles (10-6) on Sunday and will look for an upset win to leave a conference playoff possibility open. Warren Wilson (7-4) is on a four-game winning streak and is currently ranked #9 in the 31-team USCAA’s Division II with one regular season game remaining on Tuesday. The Owls are on track for a postseason bid and compete independently within the USCAA. Updates on both teams’ postseason progress to follow next week.

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More area women’s college soccer by Fieldhouse’s Tom Flynn (Black Mountain News)