Lady Tops hit the road for crucial league games this weekend

Freshman midfielder Hannah Chua battles University of Tennessee’s Brittney Wade (28) for the ball during the first half of WKU’s Sept. 5 match. The Lady Hilltoppers lost 2-0 to the Lady Volunteers. Brandon Carter/HERALD

John Reecer

WKU soccer is set to play two of its three remaining regular-season contests this weekend in the form of conference road games against L.A. Tech on Friday at 7 p.m. and Southern Miss on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The matches are crucial to the Lady Toppers’ postseason hopes, as only the top eight in the point standings out of the league’s 14 teams can qualify for the conference tournament.

WKU currently qualifies for the conference tournament, as the Lady Toppers are sitting in sixth place in the standings with 12 points.

However, Marshall and Old Dominion are right behind the Lady Toppers with 11 points each. With only three conference games left, WKU must avoid dropping the majority of the games if they wish to reach the conference tournament.

In order to receive points, a team must either win or tie in a conference game. For each win a team receives three points, and for each tie a team receives one point.

L.A. Tech is currently 10-5-2 on the season, but they are only 2-4 in conference play with a total of seven points.

Southern Miss is currently 5-8-3 on the season and is currently tied for last in the conference point standings with three. The Lady Toppers will travel to Southern Miss on the team’s senior day.

WKU must walk away from its final three contests with no more than one loss. Two victories will virtually secure a spot in the tournament for the Lady Toppers.