Catamounts Women Soccer Team: Western Carolina’s women’s soccer team, fresh off their 2023 Southern Conference triumph, eagerly anticipates the NCAA tournament. The Catamounts, led by Coach Chad Miller, are set to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa on Friday night. This historic match, the first-ever encounter between the Catamounts and the Crimson Tide, marks a significant moment for WCU, making their third appearance in the College Cup tournament.
With a stellar 13-4-3 overall record, including a recent SoCon Tournament Championship victory over two-time defending champion Samford, WCU is riding high. Offensive prowess is led by Isabella DeMarco, the 2023 SoCon Offensive Player of the Year. Defensive strength, highlighted by goalkeeper Leanne Trudel and tournament standout Paige McAra, has been crucial in securing victories, with the team allowing only one goal in their 13 triumphs.
Alabama, with an 11-4-5 record, is their next challenge. Despite being eliminated in the SEC Tournament, the Crimson Tide, under Coach Wes Hart, boasts wins over ranked teams like #17 Memphis and draws against #3 North Carolina and #23 Georgia. Leading the charge for Alabama is Gianna Paul, with eight goals, supported by a solid defensive effort.
As the Catamounts prepare for this exciting matchup, Catamount Nation can expect details about a special NCAA tournament send-off and a watch party to be announced soon . Stay tuned for updates on Catamount women’s soccer and WCU Athletics.