Western Carolina’s soccer team lost a pair of home Southern Conference games by shutout.
UT-Chattanooga blanked WCU 2-0 Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex. Both of the goals came in the second half.
Chloe Arnold connected from 25 yards out with an assist from Bailey Gale at the 48:20 mark.
Samantha Shaw added an insurance goal at 82:02 off of Faith Gober’s assist.
The Lady Cats (7-5, 1-2) lost despite having a 13-8 advantage in shots. Ashton Shields made five saves for the Lady Mocs, and Western’s Melody Mezzina had two.
Samford took a 2-0 lead in the first half Sunday and went on to a 3-0 victory,.
Caroline Orman opened the scoring at the 14:22 mark off an assist by Alyssa Frazier.
Nikki Bario made it 2-0 at the 25:10 mark, with Orman providing the assist.
Lexi Orman had the final goal at the 54:48 mark.
WCU again lost despite having more shots (11-10). Western’s Icen Natalia played the second half in goal and had her team’s only two saves. Morgan McCaslan made five saves for the Lady Bulldogs.
The soccer program has received the 2018-19 U.S. Coaches Team Academic Award for the 15th straight year. The team posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.68, the highest in program history. It also was the best women’s soccer GPA in the Southern Conference and in North Carolina.