Western Carolina ended the regular season Sunday with a 1-0 win at Virginia Military.
The Lady Cats (11-6, 5-4) are the fifth seed in the Southern Conference Soccer Tournament. They will play at fourth-seeded Mercer at 4 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
The winner will advance to the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at UNC-Greensboro. The likely opponent will be top-seeded Samford.
WCU’s Julia Winter took a cross pass from Rea Syska and shot to the upper left corner for the game’s only goal against VMI at the 58:19 mark.
The Lady Cats had an 18-10 advantage in shots. Natalia Icen played the second half for Western and had four saves. Sidney Swooper made six saves for the Lady Keydets.
Nicole Souply scored two goals Friday as UNC-Greensboro took a 3-1 win at UNC-G.
Souply opened the scoring at the 22:04 mark with an assist from Jordin Mosley.
The halftime score was 1-1 after WCU’s Kate Swartwout connected at the 31:24 mark off an assist from Mackenzie Wright.
Souply’s second goal, with an assist from Isabelle Blomdahl, put the Lady Spartans up 2-1 at the 55:28 mark.
Cienna Rideout scored an unassisted goal with six seconds remaining.
Despite the loss, Western had a 17-14 edge in shots. UNC-G’s Abby Buchholz made three saves for the Lady Spartans. Icen made five save for WCU. She was relieved 15 minutes into the second half by Melody Mezzina, who had one save.
Two WCU players, Emily Zipay and Reily Nelson, recently received conference honors.
Zipay was named student-athlete of the week. She is a biology major with a pre-health professional concentration and a minor in psychology. The senior holds a 4.0 grade-point average.
Nelson, a sophomore, was selected defensive player of the week for her play in wins over Citadel and Mercer.