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WKU Soccer Falls to Purdue 

Hilltoppers move to 1-2-5 on the season 
Arthur H. Trickett-Wile
Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers women’s soccer team celebrates a 1-0 victory against the University of Kentucky Wildcats Wednesday evening, Sept. 1, 2022, at the WKU Soccer Complex in Bowling Green, Ky.

In their second game of the weekend in Indiana, the Lady Toppers traveled to West Lafayette to face the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday afternoon.  After a strong first half by WKU, the Boilermakers regrouped and came back to win the game 2-1, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The game opened up as another strong defensive showing by the Lady Toppers, holding Purdue scoreless in the first half.  Purdue had 9 shot attempts in the first half while all of sophomore Maddie Davis’s saves came in the first half.  However, it was the offense that came out swinging to open the game.  Junior Kayla Meyer scored early to give WKU to lead, while the suffocating defense contained Purdue.

It was the second half where Purdue found their spark, scoring the tying goal in the 58th minute and the winning goal in the 69th minute, which were scored by sophomore forward Kayla Budish and junior forward Megan Hutchinson.  This marked the first time in three games that a team has scored against The Lady Toppers.


“We are disappointed in the result today,” said head coach Jason Neidell. “We got out to an early lead against the run of play and then grew into the game from there. We came out in the second half and executed our game plan and had several good looks at goal. We felt that we let the game slip through our fingertips. We will regroup and turn our attention to league play next week.”

The Lady Toppers return to Bowling Green to face the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Thursday in hopes to return to the win column.

Sports Reporter Michael Givner Jr. can be reached at [email protected].

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