BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Hannah Chua scored her first two goals of the season, one in
each half, on Senior Night and capped the evening with a proposal from WKU Football
safety Marcus Ward as the Lady Toppers took down Marshall, 2-1, on Friday evening at
the WKU Soccer Complex.
The senior from Claremont, Calif., had one of the finest matches of her career on
The Hill, scoring in the 11th and 61st minute to propel the Lady Toppers to the
important victory. With the win, its fourth straight, WKU now has 13 points in C-USA
play and is tied with Charlotte for the eighth and final qualifying spot for the
2017 C-USA Tournament. A win or draw on Sunday at UAB would secure WKU’s spot in
next week’s tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.
WKU’s five seniors; Chua, Allison Leone, Bria Mosley, Nahyo Jalajel and Shayna
Dheel; were each honored in a post-match ceremony following the victory. During her
recognition, Chua was surprised on the field by Ward, who knelt down at center field
and proposed to the senior midfielder.
WKU outshot the Thundering Herd 10-9 on Friday evening as Chua led all players with
her pair of shots on goal. Chandler Backes, Mosley and Nicole Roseland also tallied
assists on Chua’s strikes.
In goal, Leone played the full 90 minutes for the Lady Toppers, making three saves
to keep Marshall’s attack at bay for long stretches of the match.
Mary Lawman had a match-high four shots for the Thundering Herd and was one of four
Marshall players with one shot on goal apiece. Megan Bonelli played the full match
between the posts for the Thundering Herd, making four saves and allowing Chua’s
pair of goals in the losing effort.
Mosley opened the match with the first shot of the night just under six minutes
after first kick, nearly giving the Lady Toppers a very early advantage over the
Thundering Herd. Five minutes later, that advantage came to fruition as Chua found
the back of the net for the first time in 2017. Mosley slotted a long pass on the
ground into the box from the right side that was stopped by Backes. Chua slammed the
stalled pass into the back of the net at the 10:48 mark to put WKU up 1-0.
Three corner kick opportunities over a 10-minute span offered Marshall a chance to
equalize, but the only two chances created by the set pieces in the 31st and 36th
minutes were blocked away by WKU defenders.
The Thundering Herd equalized with eight seconds remaining before the halftime
break. Ashley Seltzer’s long shot from outside the box was slapped away by Leone,
however Miller corralled the rebound as the goalkeeper was attempting to recover and
slotted the chance home, sending the two sides into the locker room knotted at 1-1.
Just over two minutes into the second half, Marshall nearly netted the go-ahead goal
off the foot of Mary Lawman, but Leone refused to be beaten for a second time on
Senior Night, stonewalling the Thundering Herd attack with a strong save.
Chua struck again at the 60:47 mark, set up by another cross into the box. Roseland
found space along the right side of the goal line and slipped a pass in to Chua, who
one-timed her effort past Bonelli to put the Lady Toppers back in front, 2-1, with a
A flurry of corner kicks from Aleksandra Kozovic gave the Lady Toppers a chance to
double their advantage with 15 minutes remaining, but the offense was unable to
generate a shot off the trio of set pieces.
Despite Marshall’s efforts to push up for an equalizer over the final 10 minutes,
WKU’s defense held strong and clinched the critical 2-1 victory in its search for a
spot in the C-USA Tournament.
WKU will conclude the 2017 regular season on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as the Lady
Toppers travel south to square off against UAB. Sunday’s match was originally
scheduled for October 8, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather associated
with Hurricane Nate.