BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Freshman Tally Bishop shined for WKU Soccer on Friday evening,
scoring the match-winning goal in the ninth minute off an assist from Hannah Chua to
give the Lady Toppers a 1-0 victory over Florida Atlantic at the WKU Soccer Complex.
The Lady Toppers (4-8-1, 1-4-1 C-USA) claimed their first C-USA victory of the
season and snapped a three-match losing streak. Florida Atlantic (7-7-2, 2-4-1
C-USA) dropped their second straight one-goal decision after also falling 3-2 at
Charlotte last Sunday afternoon.
Bishop led all players with four shots on the night, three of which were put on
goal. Chua also tallied a pair of shots in addition to her assist, while Megan
Morris and Hannah Cady also collected shots on goal.
Allison Leone collected her fourth solo shutout of the season while playing the full
90 minutes in goal for the Lady Toppers; the senior was pressed into action for just
one save against the Owls’ offensive attack.
For Florida Atlantic, Pernille Velta had a team-high three shots, and both Mary
O’Hara and Asta Arnadottir had two shots apiece on the evening. Velta also notched
the Owls’ lone shot on goal as the Lady Toppers’ defense held strong for much of the
90 minutes of play.
In goal for the Owls, Jennifer Ocampo played the full 90 minutes, surrendering only
Bishop’s goal while making four saves.
After having its first shot of the night from Chua blocked in the sixth minute,
Bishop fired home a shot from the right post to give the Lady Toppers an early 1-0
lead. Chua played the ball across the box to the right side of the net, and Bishop’s
right-footed effort found the top left corner of the goal for the go-ahead score.
Following a corner kick in the 20th minute, Florida Atlantic nearly pulled even on a
try from Velta. With space at the edge of the box, Velta fired on goal but was
stonewalled by Leone to put an end to the attack.
Bishop nearly doubled WKU’s lead at the 36:19 mark with another strong shot from
inside the box. The freshman fired hard toward goal, but her effort went just to the
right of the goal and did not press Ocampo into action. Neither side managed another
shot on goal ahead of the halftime break, and WKU carried its 1-0 edge into the
For the first 25 minutes of the second half, neither side could put a shot on goal.
Bishop again nearly added to her scoreline in the 73rd minute on a through-ball
played up from the midfield; the freshman connected on the chance with her head, but
the shot bounced into the hands of Ocampo to maintain the 1-0 score.
WKU’s defense buckled down over the final 10 minutes of the match, allowing only one
shot by the Owls over that span. O’Hara’s chance with just over two minutes
remaining sailed wide left of the goal as the Lady Toppers held strong to claim the
WKU will close out its weekend homestand on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as the Lady
Toppers host FIU for their annual Kick for Pink match. Admission is free for all
fans, and donations will be accepted at the gate for the Friends of Jaclyn
Foundation to benefit children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood
cancers and to raise awareness through their Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines
and Guardian Angel programs.