WILMINGTON, N.C. - Senior forward Emily Lynn scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute and junior keeper Katie Jacobsrecorded seven saves to lift Western Carolina (5-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over UNCW (2-6) in the final game of the 2011 UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Sunday at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.
Lynn and Christine White were named to the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Invitational All-Tournament Team. It was Lynn's first goal of the season.
"This game was a real gut check for the team," said Head Coach Chad Miller. "We really turned it around after our play on Friday."
Western Carolina has now won four of its last six games with a tie in the mix. It is also the third shutout registered by the Catamounts and goalie Jacobs in the last four games.
Western Carolina notched the only goal of the game at 72:00 mark, as Lynn used a through ball from sophomore Christine Kaznowskito get behind the Seahawks defense before placing a shot just inside the left post from 15 yards out for her first goal of the season.
UNCW had a chance to tie the game just moments after the Catamounts strike, as the Seahawks were awarded a penalty kick in the 74th minute when senior Kelly Dodd was tackled inside the box.
Jacobs kept UNCW off the board however as she made a diving save to her left to deny the initial attempt by junior Stephanie Rose before scrambling to her feet to stop Rose again on the ensuing rebound.
"Katie had a big stop for us with the PK,' Miller said. "It was a huge play to keep UNCW from tying up the game."
In a scoreless first half, Catamounts freshman Savannah Wardhad the best opportunity to open the scoring as she rang a shot off the right post from point-blank range in the 34th minute.
UNCW held a 13-6 shot advantage in the contest, highlighted by an 8-2 edge in the second half. Western Carolina enjoyed a slim 5-4 margin in corner kicks taken. Junior Caitlin Hunter recorded two stops between the pipes for UNCW.
Western Carolina opens play in the Southern Conference on Friday, September 23, at the Citadel with kick-off scheduled for 4 p.m.