Outerbridge wins it in overtime for WKU against Arkansas State

Redshirt senior forward Mallory Outerbridge embraces redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Barnes after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Arkansas State on Sunday afternoon in Bowling Green. WKU won 3-2.

Austin Lanter

On the weekend that she broke the school’s all-time goals record, senior forward Mallory Outerbridge added another memory to her illustrious career.

With five minutes left in the second period of overtime against Arkansas State on Sunday, Outerbridge scored to win the game for WKU, 3-2.

It capped off a match in which Head Coach Jason Neidell was impressed by his team’s poise.

“It shows a lot of fortitude and character,” he said. “I was really proud of the way we fought back.”

Despite outshooting their opponents 11-2 in the first half, the Lady Toppers (7-5, 2-2) couldn’t convert on any of their chances.

Then, 30 seconds into the second half, Arkansas State scored on one of their first few chances of the game.

“We were a little disorganized defending through the midfield and our back four really wasn’t communicating to the midfield to get them in the right spot,” Neidell said. “They were able to build their attack in the midfield through the open man.”

Less than seven minutes later, sophomore midfielder Chrissy Tchoula scored from about 25 yards out to tie the game 1-1.

“It just feels really good,” she said. “I’ve been struggling in practice and in games so it feels good to actually convert and be a positive effect on this team.”

The Red Wolves reclaimed the lead with 28 minutes to go off a shot that rebounded off the crossbar and landed at the feet of an Arkansas State’s Christina Fink, who found the back of the net.

After being down by one goal twice in the game, WKU fought back and managed to take the game into overtime off a goal from Outerbridge with five minutes left in regulation before eventually winning it for the Lady Toppers.

After being drastically outshot last weekend against Denver and North Texas, this weekend told a different story. WKU outshot Arkansas State 23-12 on the day, and also had 20 shots in Friday night’s game as well.

Outerbridge said that finishing was something the team worked on in practice this week and it showed on Sunday.

“At least we’re getting more chances,” she said. “The week before we only had 7 or 15 shots maybe. It’s good to see that we’re getting more shots.

“It’s just progressively getting better and hopefully by the time the end of the games come, and the conference tournament comes they’re all going in.”

Coming into the weekend, WKU was winless in the Sun Belt. Neidell said the two wins this weekend were really important.

“It was really significant because both of them teams we played were ahead of us in the standings going into the weekend and now we’ve climbed up the ladder,” he said.

WKU will be back in action at home at 6 p.m. Friday against Florida International, then again at 1 p.m. Sunday against Florida Atlantic.