NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion scored three goals in the final 17 minutes of play as
WKU fell, 4-0, at the ODU Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon to end its five-match
Ambere Barnett led the Lady Toppers (2-7-2, 0-4 C-USA) with three shots on the day,
putting two of those chances on target, and both Megan Morris and Ashley Leonard had
two shots apiece.
In goal, Bailee Witt played the full 90 minutes and made three saves, all of which
came in the second half of play.
For the Monarchs (4-6-2, 1-3 C-USA), Morgan Hall had a team-best three shots and
scored a pair of goals while playing only 51 minutes off the bench; Iris Achterhof
also assisted on a pair of the Monarch goals. In goal, Jasmine Crawley played the
full match and made four saves to record the clean sheet.
WKU’s offense peppered Crawley over the first quarter-hour of the match, with shots
from Lyric Schmidt, Barnett and Morris keeping the Monarch defense on its heels.
Schmidt and Barnett’s chances went just wide of the net, while Morris, who scored
for the Lady Toppers on Friday evening at Charlotte, notched WKU’s first shot on
goal of the afternoon at the 16:35 mark.
Old Dominion jumped in front with a 1-0 advantage after Hall’s goal in the 23rd
minute. Carla Morich served the ball into the box, and Hall fired past Witt to give
the Monarchs the lead midway through the opening half.
Leonard nearly pulled the Lady Toppers level just under 10 minutes later, pressing
Crawley into action with a strong shot on goal. In the closing minutes of the half,
Leonard also took a pair of corner kicks for WKU, but the Lady Toppers were unable
to create chances off either set piece and entered the locker room with a 1-0
WKU again came close to equalizing in the 53rd minute off the head of Barnett. The
freshman went up for a contested header and directed the shot toward goal, but
Crawley again was there for the save to maintain the Monarchs’ advantage.
Witt came up with a pair of big saves a few minutes later to keep the Lady Toppers
within striking distance, stonewalling shots from Cristina Bashara and Natalie
Johnson for her first two stops of the afternoon.
Over the final 17 minutes of the match, Old Dominion found the back of the net three
times to reach the final 4-0 scoreline. Hall, Kyra Ricks and Amanda Nhek each scored
for the Monarchs as Achterhof dished out assists on two of the goals.
With its long road trip finally in the books, WKU will finally return home to the
WKU Soccer Complex next weekend for a pair of battles against FIU (6 p.m. on Oct. 5)
and UTEP (1 p.m. on Oct. 7). The Lady Toppers own a six-match unbeaten streak
(4-0-2) at home stretching back to last season and have posted a win (Kentucky
Christian) and two ties (Miami and Lipscomb) thus far this season.