Lady Toppers take one win, one loss in Florida

Natalie Hayden

WKU soccer took its first loss in league play on Sunday in Florida.

Florida International, the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship, defeated the Lady Toppers 1-0 in overtime on Sunday.

“I don’t think either team played their best soccer, which was even more of a disappointment because if we had played to our capability we could’ve came home with two wins this weekend,” said Head Coach Jason Neidell.

The Panthers won the Sun Belt championship last year after beating WKU in penalty kicks.

This was the third straight game in which the Lady Toppers and the Panthers went into overtime while playing each other. It was the first game since Sept. 9 in which WKU allowed a goal.

Friday night, the Lady Toppers also went into overtime against Florida Atlantic, winning 1-0.

“The girls were not happy with our play over the course of the weekend,” Neidell said. “We came out flat against Florida Atlantic and it took a while to find our rhythm.”

In the fourth minute of overtime, freshman Lauren Moats scored after a pass from senior Amanda Buechel. The goal was Moats’ fifth of the season.

“It was our first time in overtime this season, and then to have two overtime games in the same weekend was a challenge,” Neidell said. “The combination of playing on the road and in two overtime games took its toll on the girls physically.”

WKU’s next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Louisiana-Lafayette. After that the Lady Toppers will travel to Louisiana-Monroe to play at 1 p.m. Sunday.