WKU Soccer to battle North Texas in first round of C-USA tournament

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WKU #13 Katie Erwin, a forward from Louisville, Ky runs through a tunnel of teammates during the opening ceremony at Thursday’s game against the University of Texas at El Paso on Sept. 22, 2022. The Hilltoppers won 1-0.

Jake McMahon, Soccer reporter

WKU Soccer travels to Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the C-USA Women’s Soccer Tournament. The Hilltoppers go into this tournament with a 5-4-1 conference record and are the seventh  seed in the bracket.

WKU heads into the tournament riding a big 1-0 win against the Charlotte 49ers last Friday. This win broke a three game losing skid for the Hilltoppers. 

The Hilltoppers will kick off the C-USA tournament, Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT,  in a match against the two seed University of North Texas. This game will be a rematch of a September 25th contest, in which the Hilltoppers fell to the Mean Green 1-0. North Texas goes into the tournament with the second best conference record at 7-2-1. 

The Mean Green are riding a four game win streak and have outscored their opponents 9-3 in the four game span. This game will be interesting to watch as it’s the No 1. Defense in the conference in WKU, clashing against the best offense in C-USA in North Texas.

“We wanted to get some confidence going into the conference tournament, and it was a great way to send off our seniors on their last game of their home careers.” Said head coach Jason Neidell after the win on Friday. “We’re really excited about the way we played in the second half and getting that goal in the last five minutes was huge.”

The Rice Owls head into the tournament as the one seed and wrapped up conference play undefeated. The only non win for the Owls came in the last game of the season against UAB. Both teams were scoreless through 90 minutes and the match finished in a 0-0 draw. WKU lost a heartbreaker to Rice earlier in the year as the Owls scored in the last minute to take a 1-0 victory. 

The rest of the first round games will be played throughout Wednesday. The semi-finals will take place Friday evening, and the finals of the tournament will be Sunday at noon C.T.