WKU to continue conference play, host rival MTSU



WKU Hiltoppers’ junior midfielder Lucy Lyon (19) competes against Ole Miss Rebels’ senior Channing Foster (12) for control of the ball during the Sunday afternoon match.

Drew Toennies, Soccer reporter

The Lady Toppers (6-1-0, 1-0 C-USA) are set to host the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (5-3-1, 1-0 C-USA) at the WKU Soccer Complex on Sunday night to continue Conference USA play.

The Lady Toppers opened conference play on the road against Marshall this past Thursday, taking down the Thundering Herd 2-1 in overtime.

WKU graduate defender Mackenzie Crittenberger tied the match in the 82nd minute, notching the equalizer with only eight minutes left in regulation. Fifth year midfielder Sophia Fondren played hero that night, booting in the game-winning goal in overtime.

The Blue Raiders started off their season with a 2-0 shut out win over Tennessee Tech followed by a 1-1 tie with Austin Peay, a 1-0 win over Belmont and a 1-1 tie with Samford before suffering a 4-2 loss to Ole Miss. The Blue Raiders fell short against Evansville 3-2 the following week followed by two consecutive wins against Detroit Mercy and Houston Baptist before falling 2-1 to East Tennessee State. Middle Tennessee concluded their non-conference slate with a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt.

The Blue Raiders opened conference play in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Thursday with a 3-2 win over FIU.

MTSU senior forward Peyton DePriest has been the strongest offensive player on Middle Tennessee’s roster this season, earning 19 points from eight goals and three assists.

Sophomore forward Taylor Hamlett is another vital piece of the Blue Raiders’ offense with six points to her name coming from two goals and two assists.

The Lady Toppers will face off against the Blue Raiders on Sunday, Sept. 19 with opening kickoff coming at 6 p.m. CT.

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