WKU Soccer shut out by Vanderbilt

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Hilltoppers’ senior Lyric Schmidt (4) watches as the ODU Monarchs score a goal on Friday evening, Oct. 8 of 2021, during a match at the WKU Soccer Complex.

Izzy Lanuza, Sports reporter

WKU Soccer (1-2) suffered its second loss of the season to the Vanderbilt University Commodores (3-0)  2-0 Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Both sides were tied for the first 50 minutes of the match before the Commodores pulled ahead with two goals in front of their home crowd.

“I thought we got fatigued in the second half, and as we got fatigued we started making some mental mistakes and played with a little less discipline,” head coach Jason Neidell said. “I’m proud of our kids. We fought hard. I told them if we had been a little more disciplined and a little tidier on the ball we give ourselves a chance down the stretch in this one.”

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The first half of the match was a defensive battle. WKU prevented the Commodores from scoring in the first half by stopping seven shots. 

Vanderbilt stopped a potential breakaway assist from WKU senior Katie Erwin to sophomore Kayla Meyer and kept junior Lily Rummo’s 20-yard shot taken just before halftime out of the net. 

“I thought we started off the game with a lot of discipline and intensity,” Neidell said. “We knew Vanderbilt was a very good possession team. They knocked the ball around really well tonight.”

Commodore senior Alex Kerr found the net for her first goal of the night at 51 minutes, striking a second time five minutes later. WKU had no answer down the stretch and finished the night off of the scoreboard.

The Lady Toppers will look to bounce back against Tennessee Tech Sunday, Aug. 28 in Cookeville, Tenn. at 6 p.m. CT. 

Sports reporter Izzy Lanuza can be reached at can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @izzylanuza.