Four Lady Toppers earn United Soccer Coaches All-Regional Team honors, a program record


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WKU women’s soccer player Katie Erwin (13) celebrates with her teammate Ambere Barnett (15) after a big goal to put Western up two goals against their opponent FIU after their game on March 4, 2021.

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

Four members of WKU’s Lady Topper soccer program were given United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Regional Team honors in the All-South Region, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Ambere Barnett received first-team honors, Avery Jacobsen earned second team honors and Lyric Schmidt and Katie Erwin were named to the third team. Four honorees for USC All-Region is the most in WKU program history.

“In a historic season celebrating 20 years as a program and our first Conference USA title, I could not think of a more fitting narrative than to have four players named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team,” head coach Jason Neidell said in a press release. “What’s incredibly special about these awards is that they are voted on by opposition coaches. That respect is complete validation to our players of their commitment and sacrifice during a very challenging year.”

Barnett was given Conference USA Player and Midfielder of the year honors in April and this is the second time in her career she has received an USC selection. Jacobsen and Schmidt were a crucial part of a WKU defense that surrendered the second fewest goals in program history, allowing an average of only 8.1 shots per game. Erwin compiled three goals and one assist throughout the season and ranked third on the team with seven total points.

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