WKU goalkeeper Stout wants a championship

Austin Lanter

As goal keeper Libby Stout’s senior season winds down, she has one thing on her mind.

It’s not adding to the record book, as she’s already done plenty of times. Stout holds the WKU record for most wins and shutouts and just last weekend she broke the Sun Belt Conference shutout record.

But Stout wants a conference championship.

“(The records) mean a lot,” she said. “It shows that I’ve worked hard and really put in a lot of effort to do good things here, but a lot of those are really attributed to my teammates. I couldn’t get those records without them. It shows that I’ve worked hard and that my team has worked hard for me.”

Head Coach Jason Neidell said that Stout is one of the players who has taken the WKU program to the next level. Her performance on and off the field has landed her the role of team captain — the only captain for the team.

“Her talent speaks for itself,” he said. “The records she’s broken speak for themselves. She’s more than that for our team. She’s a leader. She’s a model for what we want our student athletes to be about.”

The other players, even her fellow seniors, look up to her and see her as a leader. 

Senior midfielder Lindsay Williams agreed with Neidell and added that she’s the type of player that you can “build the whole team around.”

“Libby has been amazing for our team. We would not be where we are today without her,” Williams said. “It’s on the field stuff, how well she makes plays and how well she leads on the field by example. She’s been huge.” 

Stout added that her four years with the team have caused her to grow and learn to deal with people. Along the way, she’s made friends and has become more of a leader.

“I think it’s been a very fulfilling career,” she said. “Right now we just want to win the conference championship.”

Neidell said that although the records she’s broken are important, you can tell it’s not what she’s concerned about now. He added that for her, it’s about the team.

“I think the most important thing to her would be to win the conference championship and go to the NCAA tournament,” he said. “She’s a humble person. The records are important. I think they’re something that she’ll look back on with fond memories, but I think for her it’s a team concept and what the team’s doing.”

The team will begin their quest for the conference championship in a couple of weeks. However, WKU is set to battle a strong South Alabama team on the road at 1 p.m. Sunday with their six-match winning streak on the line.

South Alabama is right behind the Lady Toppers in the Sun Belt standings and went through a seven-match winning streak earlier in the season.

“We’ve got to get separation from the middle of the pack if we really want to set ourselves apart as one of the upper teams in the Sun Belt,” Williams said. “We have struggled on the road and we need take care of business, regardless of the surroundings and the traveling.”