BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU closed its opening homestand of C-USA play on Sunday
afternoon at the WKU Soccer Complex, falling in a close 1-0 battle against North
The Mean Green (7-2-2, 2-0-1 C-USA) scored just before the halftime break off the
foot of Taylor Torres, and despite strong offensive pressure throughout much of the
second half, WKU (3-7-1, 0-3-1 C-USA) was unable to recover from the one-goal
Sarah Gorham tied with North Texas’ Berklee Peters to lead all players with three
shots and was one of three Lady Toppers to notch a shot on goal, joining Nicole
Roseland and Shayna Dheel. The Mean Green held slim advantages in shots (11-9) and
corner kick chances (5-4) on the afternoon.
In goal, Allison Leone played the full 90 minutes and surrendered only the goal to
Torres, making three saves in the process. The senior from Kennesaw, Ga., has played
all but nine minutes between the posts for the Lady Toppers this season.
For North Texas, Natalie McDonough was the only player aside from Peters to notch
multiple shots on the afternoon. Brooke Lampe tallied an assist on Torres’ goal to
close the scoring for the Mean Green.
Brooke Bradley played the full match minding the net for North Texas, earning the
solo shutout with three saves.
Over the first 20 minutes of the match, neither goalkeeper was directly tested
despite one shot on both sides. A pair of early North Texas corners did not produce
a shot for the Mean Green, but Aaliyah Nolan sent the first chance of the match for
either side wide right of the goal in the 13th minute. Megan Morris responded off a
WKU corner kick three minutes later; however, her opportunity also sailed just to
the right of the net.
Roseland and Gorham peppered Bradley with a pair of shots on goal in the 21st and
23rd minutes, respectively. Roseland’s shot from distance was corralled by the
goalkeeper, while Gorham’s try from inside the box was also collected by Bradley to
end the Lady Topper attack.
In the 43rd minute, WKU had a pair of corner kick chances from Roseland but could
not create a chance out of either opportunity. Just before the half, however, North
Texas capitalized on a counter attack to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Lampe’s initial header was batted away and back into play by Leone, and Torres was
there to collect the rebound and fire a shot low and into the right corner to give
the Mean Green a one-goal advantage.
Leone jumped into action after the halftime break, making a pair of big saves to
keep the Lady Toppers within striking distance. The first came in the 53rd minute as
she controlled a header from North Texas’ McDonough, and the senior goalkeeper again
kept WKU within one goal with a strong save on a shot from distance by Peters at the
WKU had its best scoring chance of the afternoon in the 65th minute. Deven Jackson’s
shot from 30 yards ricocheted off a defender and into the air before falling to the
feet of Dheel. Before Dheel could put power behind the shot, Bradley rushed out and
saved the chance to maintain the lead for North Texas.
Neither side was able to create a shot on goal over the final 20 minutes of the
afternoon as the Mean Green fended off offensive pressure from the Lady Toppers to
claim the 1-0 win.
WKU will return to action on Friday evening as the Lady Toppers make the short trip
south to battle archrival Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. WKU holds a slim 6-5-6 edge in
the all-time series against the Blue Raiders and has won two of the last three
matches, including a 1-0 shutout in Bowling Green on Oct. 7, 2016, last season.