WOMEN’S SOCCER: Lady Tops headed for long SBC road trip

Jay Lively

Riding a four-game win streak, the Lady Toppers will continue Sun Belt Conference action this weekend with visits to North Texas tomorrow and Denver Sunday.

Tied for first place in the conference with nationally ranked Denver, Western (7-3, 2-0) hopes to take a perfect conference record to the Mile High City – and leave with that record intact.

The Lady Toppers will have their work cut out for them.

First, Western will have to get by the Mean Green of North Texas (8-3, 2-1), last year’s regular season champion.

Two days and 1,000 miles later, the Lady Toppers will challenge the No. 16 Lady Pioneers (8-1-2, 3-0), last year’s conference tournament champion and an NCAA Tournament team.

Sophomore forward Kelly Frericks is looking forward to playing the highly-touted Denver.

“Being the underdog, we’re going to use that to our advantage,” Frericks said. “We just have to play our game and not worry about what we hear about them. We have to go out and play our best.”

Coach Jason Neidell said playing two games on the road, and so far apart, will be a challenge.

“Very few teams have to travel 1,000 miles for a game and then turn around and travel 1,000 more the next day,” Neidell said. “But that’s just the way the schedule works out.”

Denver suffered its only loss of the season to the University of Portland, ranked No. 4 in the nation.

This western trip should test Western’s mettle. And freshman forward Kim Warren said she’s excited about the Lady Toppers’ chance to take on two of the conference’s elite teams this weekend.

“They’re both really good,” Warren said. “It makes us focus more. We know we have to play our absolute best to come out with wins.”

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