BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Freshman Olivia Stanley scored the first goal of her collegiate
career just before halftime, but Lipscomb rebounded with a second-half goal as WKU
battled to a 1-1 draw against the Bisons on Friday evening at the WKU Soccer
WKU (1-2-2) held a halftime lead for the second straight match but was unable to put
away the Bisons, as Lipscomb (2-1-2) got on the board with just over four minutes
remaining in regulation. The Lady Toppers held a sizable 21-11 advantage in shots,
while Lipscomb took five corner kicks to WKU’s four on the night.
Both Stanley and Victoria Mayo tallied their first points of the 2018 season, with
Mayo’s deflected shot setting up Stanley’s go-ahead score in the 42nd minute. Sarah
Gorham led all players with five shots, including three on goal, while Stanley
chipped in four shots of her own in only 33 minutes of action off the bench.
Gorham, Kaylyn Bryant, Christina Bragado and Nicole Roseland each played the full
110 minutes for the Lady Toppers in the field, and Avery Jacobsen subbed out for
just one minute at the end of the opening half. In goal, Bailee Witt played the full
match and made five saves while nearly picking up the first shutout of her young
For Lipscomb, Allie Dunn had a team-best three shots, and Jordan Walsh tallied the
late equalizer to send the match to extra time. Kate Mason played the full match
between the posts, making seven saves and allowing only Stanley’s first-half goal.
Much as it did on Sunday afternoon, WKU came out shooting early and often against
the Bisons, firing four shots in the opening 15 minutes of play to put pressure on
the defense. Chandler Backes and Megan Morris each had shots go wide of the goal,
but Roseland got power behind a shot from outside the box and forced Mason to make
the save in the center of the goal in the fourth minute.
Another breakthrough nearly came at the 21:39 mark as Gorham struck the crossbar
from the top of the box. The redshirt senior turned to shoot and her attempt
deflected off a Lipscomb defender before striking the center of the bar and bouncing
back into play to continue the attack. Chelsea Moore collected the rebound and fired
a shot a few seconds later but could not find the target.
A scrum in the box with 41:19 on the clock led to WKU’s go-ahead goal just before
halftime. Mayo settled the ball and clashed with a Lipscomb defender, causing the
ball to bounce to the foot of Stanley, and the freshman converted the chance just
eight minutes after subbing on to send the Lady Toppers into the halftime break with
a 1-0 advantage.
Both goalkeepers were forced into action over the first 20 minutes of the second
half, with Witt stonewalling Lipscomb’s Brooke Brenner and Mason making a pair of
saves for the Bisons as the Lady Toppers remained out in front. Lipscomb earned a
pair of corner kicks in the 66th minute on a threatening attack, but was not able to
create anything out of either opportunity.
Late in the half, Witt made a pair of stops less than two minutes apart to maintain
the 1-0 scoreline, but Walsh was able to collect the rebound off the second save and
found the back of the net to equalize for Lipscomb with just over four minutes
remaining. WKU looked to push up to find the match-winner as the clock winded down,
but the two sides were forced into extra time knotted at 1-1.
Despite a 5-1 advantage in shots, three of which were put on goal in the first
period of overtime, WKU was unable to find the golden goal over the extra 20 minutes
of play. Backes, Morris and Gorham all had shots on goal against Mason, but the
Lipscomb keeper turned away all three chances as the Lady Toppers settled for their
second straight 1-1 draw.