Catamounts soccer to host tournament this weekend

Western Carolina Catamount women’s soccer will host the Catamount Classic Tournament at the Catamount Athletic Complex this weekend, Sept. 14 and 16.

The event kick off on Friday with a match between the Campbell Fighting Camels and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at 5 p.m.  The action will continue when the Catamounts play the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.

The tournament will end on Sunday with a noon contest between Louisiana-Lafayette and Gardner Webb, followed by a clash between the Catamounts and Campbell at 2:30.

Western Carolina has not hosted a tournament since the last Catamount Classic was held in 2010.

The Catamounts, who are currently 3-3 in non-conference play, are using the tournament for final preparations before Southern Conference play.  They will open up conference play against the Elon Phoenix on Friday, Sept. 21.

For fifth-year senior Samantha Hodge, a forward on the squad, home is where the heart is.

“My favorite part about being a Catamount soccer player is playing at home in front of my family.  My family comes to a lot of the games.  Not just my immediate family and my sisters (her teammates), but just all the fans coming,” she said. “I love when we have the stands full.  I love hearing them cheer for us, and winning at home is something really special.  It’s fun to celebrate those wins.  Just coming off knowing that you played a good game, and you just can’t stop smiling when that happens.”

Hodge and her teammates will be looking for nothing but smiles throughout this weekend’s tournament.