October 30, 2018
Indians Advance to the SAC Semis with 1-0 win at Anderson
ANDERSON, S.C. - Shelby Vasich
’s goal in the 18th minute held up as Catawba advanced to the South Atlantic Conference semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Anderson Wednesday at Trojan Field.
"We found a goal early in the game and managed to see it out from there,” Head Coach Nick Brown
said. “They did a good job defensively, stayed organized and did not give Anderson a lot of chances to score."
The Indians’ (13-4-0) goalkeeper, Shelby Thompson
, made the key save of the night at the 11:27 mark, keeping the match scoreless.
Bethany Morgan scooped up a loose ball in the box off a Trojans’ (7-8-1) set piece and drilled a low hard shot towards the bottom right corner of the Catawba net. Thompson sprung to her left and steered the ball out of harm’s way, allowing the defense to clear it. Anderson failed to record another quality scoring chance the rest of the tilt.
“I think that (save) showed everyone that we were 100 percent in this game,” Thompson said.“They got a good opportunity with that shot, it was a bullet. After that we got some momentum.”
Catawba put Anderson on the defensive with some offensive pressure of its own, leading to Vasich’s third marker of the season.
’s header deflected off a Trojan defender and out of bounds, giving the Indians their second consecutive corner. Katie Webb
, who set up on the right corner, delivered a perfectly placed pass to an unmarked Vasich. She settled the ball from her torso to the right foot, placing a shot over the outstretched hands of Anderson’s goal keeper, Abby Helm and into the top right corner of the net.
“That is a play we work on in practice,” Vasich said. “It gave us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Helm kept the game close, making seven saves in the second half, including three that she was able to get a fingertip on and pushed the ball over the crossbar.
Top-seed Carson-Newman defeated No. 8 seeded Wingate 4-1 Tuesday, setting up a rematch of Saturday’s regular-season finale in Jefferson City, Tenn. Catawba and Carson-Newman battled to a 1-1 draw after 100 minutes of action, before the Eagles earned a 2-1 victory 50 seconds into the second and final overtime. The teams face-off in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
“We are going to go after it, we have nothing to lose,” Brown said. “We are looking forward to it. There is no secret, they’re the best. We came close last week and the girls want another chance and we are going to give it our best and see what happens.”
Inside the numbers:
- Catawba outshot Anderson 16-6, including a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal.
- The Indians earned nine corner kicks and the Trojans were held to two.
- Catawba was whistled for 11 fouls and one yellow card, while Anderson earned nine infractions and one yellow.
- Thompson and Helm started and played the full 90 minutes in net.
- Thompson recorded three saves, while Helm totaled seven.
In other quarterfinal action:
No. 1 Carson-Newman 4, No. 8 Wingate 1
No. 2 Lincoln Memorial 2, No. 7 Queens 1 OT
No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne 1, No. 6 Tusculum 0
For more information on the 2018 SAC Women’s Soccer Tournament, go to the following link: https://www.thesac.com/sports/wsoc/2018-19/releases/20181027tfvzom