WKU takes win, draw over the weekend

WKU junior Andrea Curry fights for possession against Troy.

Tyler Lashbrook

As the regular season winds down, the Lady Toppers are staying near the top of the Sun Belt Conference.

WKU (10-4-2, 5-1-2 Sun Belt) sits at third in the league after a dominating 2-0 win over South Alabama on Friday and a 1-1 draw with Troy on Sunday.

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Since Sept. 15, the Lady Toppers are 6-1-2 and are using their momentum as it carries them to the latter half of their season and into the conference tournament.

Offense has been a staple for WKU this season.  

It’s attempted 276 shots on the year, compared to the 156 opponents have taken.

The Lady Toppers have also outscored opponents 19-4 since Sept. 15.

Senior defender Ali Stahlke hit the game-tying penalty kick against Troy on Sunday.  

Stahlke anchors the team on defense but has also picked up two goals on penalty kicks this season.

“We can’t be satisfied,” she said.  

The team needs to continue fighting if it wants to see results toward the end of the season, Stahlke said.

It’s not just the offense that has been producing for WKU — the defense has been stellar as well. The Lady Toppers have allowed multiple goals just twice in their last 24 games.

Senior midfielder Courtney Rymer, who has started every game for the Lady Toppers, said the team will have Tuesday off but will get back to work Wednesday through Friday.

“Saturday we’re going to get mentally prepared and ready to go,” Rymer says.

The Lady Toppers will finish up their three-game home stretch against North Texas on Sunday.

The Lady Toppers will then travel to first-place Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 26 before the Sun Belt Tournament starts Nov. 1.

North Texas (10-3-1, 5-0-0) was the 2011 regular season conference champs.  

“We’ve got to fight hard against (North Texas) because they always have a good team,” Stalkhe said. “They will come in ready to beat us.”