CULLOWHEE, N.C. – After being ranked second in the SoCon Preseason Poll to start the year, the Bulldogs proved to be the top team in the conference, clinching their eighth-straight SoCon Regular-Season Championship title after battling back for a 2-1 victory over Western Carolina Friday night at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Not only did Samford earn its eighth consecutive regular-season title, but the Bulldogs also captured their sixth straight win over the Catamounts to remain undefeated in conference play. Both teams found themselves scoreless heading into the break, but returned to the pitch with new-found energy with all three goals coming in the second period. The Bulldogs recorded back-to-back goals after Western Carolina tallied their lone goal of the match, giving Samford its 10th win of the season.
- Western Carolina capitalized off a corner kick just four minutes into the second half with Natalie McNally firing off a shot to the bottom right corner of the goal. Despite Lindsay Origliasso clearing it out, the center referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line for a 1-0 Catamount lead.
- Samford broke through 13 minutes later after a clean build up out of the back that ultimately led to a Bulldog goal after left back Lindsay Origliasso had an in-swinging cross into the box which found the head of Mary Raymond to knot the game at 1-1.
- The game-winning goal came at the 74th minute mark with Alyssa Frazier making a free kick just outside the box look easy with a bending strike to the upper left 90 past Western Carolina’s goalkeeper, Ashlee Owens, for a 2-1 Bulldog victory.
FROM THE BOX SCORE
- Samford posted a 16-5 advantage over the Catamounts in the shots category with six being on frame for the Bulldogs.
- Both teams combined for 20 fouls on the night with Samford leading the way with 11. The Bulldogs and Catamounts were both issued one yellow card each.
- Samford forced WCU into four saves while Morgan McAslan played the entire 90 minutes for the Bulldogs with one save on the night.
- Junior midfielder Mary Raymond locked in her fifth goal of the year, while super senior Alyssa Frazier collected her sixth goal for Samford this season.
- Fellow junior defender Lindsay Origliasso registered her first career assist for the Bulldogs.
The Samford women’s soccer team will continue its time on the road with the Bulldogs facing the ETSU Buccaneers on Sunday, Oct. 17th at 1 p.m. at Summer-Taylor Stadium.
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