WKU outshoots Troy, loses match 2-1

M. Blake Harrison

WKU soccer Head Coach Jason Neidell has said it many times: shot count doesn’t matter.

Thursday’s 2-1 loss at Troy was proof of that.

The Lady Toppers (8-6-2, 6-3 Sun Belt Conference) outshot the Trojans (10-6-1, 5-4 Sun Belt) by a tally of 7-6, but it was not enough.

The first 15 minutes saw plenty of action, as Troy put a shot on goal in the first minute and also scored its first goal in the 10th minute, courtesy of senior midfielder April Madden.

Sophomore forward Laura Ray’s shot on goal in the 14th minute was the only shot WKU recorded in the first half.

Troy’s Mary Morris, a junior forward, scored the go-ahead goal in the 51st minute of the contest.

Sophomore midfielder Sydney Sisler’s fourth goal of the season in the 86th minute ended the Trojans’ bid for a shutout.

WKU had a final shot to tie the match when junior forward Mallory Outerbridge posted a shot on goal in the final minute.

She now has 41 shots on goal this season, 16 more than the Sisler, who sits in second place.

The loss breaks a five-game undefeated streak against Troy and the first time the Lady Toppers have allowed Troy to score a goal since 2005.

As it stands, WKU is in third place in the Sun Belt with three losses. But if Middle Tennessee and Florida International both lose tonight, a three-way tie for second will remain.