BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Soccer has announced that it will offer free admission for
all fans at each of its nine home matches at the WKU Soccer Complex this season,
including five C-USA matches and a non-conference tilt against SEC foe Vanderbilt.
“We feel free admittance will result in more people initially attending games who
will then become consistent fans of the program. We must also enhance community
involvement in our program,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “This
enables us to create more of a home-field advantage for our soccer student-athletes
while also making these matches more accessible for our local community.”
WKU joins four other C-USA schools in offering free admission for women’s soccer,
alongside Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and UTSA. The Lady Toppers
have increased their attendance numbers in each of the last two seasons and drew
their most fans per home match since 2013 during their successful 2016 campaign.
Last season, WKU posted a 7-2 record at the WKU Soccer Complex and surrendered just
three goals in 810 minutes of action. The Lady Toppers’ seven home victories were
the most for the program since recording eight during the 2011 season, and their 12
wins overall were the team’s most since also hitting that mark in 2012.
In the 2017 preseason poll, C-USA coaches voted the Lady Toppers to finish fifth in
the league, their highest preseason projection since joining the conference prior to
the 2014 season. Allison Leone, Nicole Roseland and Chandler Backes were also
selected to the preseason all-conference team, tying WKU alongside Charlotte for the
most honorees in the league.
WKU is set to open its home slate at 1 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, August 27, as the Lady
Toppers welcome UT Martin to the WKU Soccer Complex. That will be the first of four
consecutive home non-conference matches before C-USA play kicks off at 7 p.m. (CT)
on Thursday, Sept. 28, against Rice.