Outerbridge scores two as WKU defeats Eastern Michigan 2-0

Austin Lanter

Two goals on Friday night weren’t enough for senior forward Mallory Outerbridge.

Outerbridge scored two more on Sunday as the Lady Toppers (5-2) defeated Eastern Michigan 2-0.

The goals marked a drastic offensive change after what Head Coach Jason Neidell called a “sluggish” first half.

“We were playing a team that didn’t play on Friday night and we played on Friday night,” he said. “(In) Sunday games, it’s hard to play with the same intensity that you did on Friday, but we found ourselves a little bit of gutsiness at halftime. I think that the grit and gutsiness made a difference for us in the second half.”

With the goals, Outerbridge passed Jenna Silverberg for most career points at WKU with 74.

But even Outerbridge agreed with Neidell’s assessment of the game, at least early on. She said that the Lady Toppers played “sloppy” in the first half, when WKU was only able to get off four shots.

“We weren’t concentrated,” she said. “The second half we came out and were a lot more concentrated, and I think they just got tired because we kept pushing and pushing. That adds to it because we’re a lot fitter team. I think the fitness and the concentration bodes well.”

After halftime, things started to click offensively for the Lady Toppers as they posted 12 shots.

The first goal came 12 minutes into the half off a cross from senior midfielder Kaylyn Pratt to Outerbridge. The second goal came after Outerbridge had a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Senior midfielder Kelsey Meyer was credited with the assist on that goal.

“If the passes aren’t there, I wont be scoring,” Outerbridge said. “So I give credit to the rest of the team. Kelsey and Kaylyn both made amazing passes today.”

The defense was also able to post another shutout today, WKU’s third on the season and second straight. With the win, senior goalkeeper Libby Stout passed Meredith Goodson as the all-time winningest goalkeeper.

Junior defender Ali Stahlke was pleased with the defense, especially in the second half. 

“Today we didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but we just tried to keep it organized back there,” she said. “The less amount of shots they get off, the higher amount of chance you have to win. We cant lose if they don’t get shots off. We just do everything we can to help the offense out.”

WKU will be back in action Saturday against Rice in its last match before conference play begins.