Lady Toppers looking to bounce back from first C-USA loss against FIU



WKU Hilltoppers’ Redshirt Junior Midfielder Lucy Lyon (1) kisses Junior Forward Katie Erwin (13) to celebrate Erwin’s goal against the Rice Owls on Saturday evening, Oct. 2, in the final minutes of their game at the WKU Soccer Complex. WKU won the match 2-0.

Drew Toennies, Soccer reporter

The Lady Toppers (9-2-0, 4-1-0 C-USA) are set to continue conference play down in Florida when the FIU Golden Panthers (1-10-2, 0-3-2 C-USA) host WKU at the FIU Soccer Stadium in Miami on Friday night.

The Lady Toppers lost their undefeated conference record last Friday night in a 1-0 shutout loss at home to the Old Dominion Monarchs, who currently sit atop Conference USA’s east division. FIU will serve as a solid bounce-back opportunity for the red and white as the Panthers have struggled so far this season.

The Panthers kicked off their season with a 2-0 shutout victory over Stetson at home on Aug. 19, but have not defeated another opponent since then.

FIU began conference play in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with a 3-2 loss to MTSU followed by two consecutive draws against conference opponents Florida Atlantic and Marshall. When FIU hosted the Charlotte 49ers the following match, the Panthers fell 4-1 before traveling to Denton, Texas to be shut out 5-0 by the North Texas Mean Green.

FIU freshman forward Noemi Paquin is a player to keep an eye on Friday evening as the Montreal native has found the back of the net four times this year for a total of eight points. Junior forward Sydney Amparo is the next-best offensive player on the roster with one goal and three assists to her name this season.

The Lady Toppers will take the field at the FIU Soccer Stadium at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 15.

Soccer reporter Drew Toennies can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @drew_toennies.