Senior midfielder Kellie Walker was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Walker had two goals and two assists in wins over Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock this weekend, giving her 10 assists on the season and 22 in her career, both Western records.
Walker’s 66 career points rank third all-time, just five away from the program record of 71 set by Jenna Silverberg in 2006.
Western (10-3-1, 5-1 Sun Belt Conference) defeated UALR (5-8-1, 2-3-1 Sun Belt) 5-0 this afternoon behind five first-half goals from four different players.
The match, which was postponed on Friday due to heavy rain in Bowling Green, was the Lady Toppers’ highest-scoring outing this season.
After an own-goal four minutes into the match, sophomore forwards Kaylyn Pratt and Mallory Outerbridge both scored their fourth goals of the season. Freshman midfielder Courtney Rymer and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Williams scored in the last four minutes of the first half.
With an assist on Outerbridge’s goal, senior midfielder Kellie Walker tallied her 10th assist of the season and 22nd of her career. Both are program records.
For a complete game story, check wkuherald.com.
The Lady Toppers wrapped up their first weekend of conference road games with a 1-0 overtime win over Troy.
The win gave coach Jason Neidell his 100th career win in just his ninth season with the Lady Toppers.
Redshirt junior midfielder Nikki Workman scored 43 seconds into the first overtime period from 25 yards out off an assist by senior midfielder Kellie Walker. Sophomore goalkeeper Libby Stout only needed to make one save to record the shutout.
The Lady Toppers (8-3-1) outshot the Lady Trojans (6-5-1) 20-5, and Neidell said his team did a good job of controlling possession the entire game.
The Lady Toppers are now 3-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.
They play at home against Arkansas-Little Rock at 6 p.m. on Friday and Arkansas at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Check tomorrow’s Herald for more on Neidell’s accomplishment.
The Lady Toppers improved to 7-3-1 overall and 2-1 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 2-0 win over South Alabama Friday night.
Freshman midfielder Christen Sims scored her second goal of the season late in the first half off of an assist by senior midfielder Kellie Walker, and sophomore forward Mallory Outerbridge scored six minutes into the second half on a breakaway with South Alabama goalkeeper Cassie Lythjohan.
The Lady Toppers play at Troy at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
WKU head women’s soccer coach Jason Neidell notched an impressive mark this week by coaching his USA squad to the gold medal in the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. The rosters are made up of Jewish athletes.
Former Lady Topper player Catie Chase joined Neidell on the team. The team shut out the competition 32-0, including beating host Israel 4-0 in the championship match.
This is a significant feat for Neidell, because it’s further proof that the man can flat-out coach. He started the Lady Topper soccer program in 2000 and has only had one losing season in the nine seasons since, including winning the Sun Belt Conference regular season title in 2007 and leading the team to the finals of the Sun Belt tournament last season.
Not only is Neidell a great coach, but also an insightful person — as demonstrated in a column I did on him in 2008. A Yale graduate who sees soccer as an outlet and a way to reach others, he gets his influences from historic figures such as Malcolm X on leadership and courage.
This is a great start for Neidell with a majority of his talent coming back, including SBC Player of the Year senior Morgan Thomas and redshirt sophomore Mallory Outerbridge who returns from her time with the Canadian Junior National Team.
It’s a noteworthy achievement that may fuel further success this season.