Morehead State struck first, but ultimately fell 3-1 at Western Carolina in Friday's regular-season opener.
"I'm encouraged how we came out tonight," said MSU head coach Warren Lipka. "We were a better team, but we got a little tired. We must maintain that effort for 90 minutes."
Freshman midfielder Caitlyn Burdine netted the initial score of the match, thanks to an assist from junior Samantha Damante in the 31st minute. Western Carolina quickly followed on the scoreboard, however, notching its first goal less than 30 seconds later.