Erwin powers WKU Past Union with 5-point performance
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Even the rain that fell on Saturday night could not cool the WKU football team. The Lady Toppers enter the season 2-0-0 for the first time since 2016 after a 3-0 victory over Union University (Tenn.) At the WKU Soccer Complex.
The match marks WKU’s eighth consecutive home win, the second longest in program history. The Lady Toppers’ streak dates back to a 1-0 win over UAB on October 25, 2019.
“I feel like we’ve built a pretty good base and obviously we’re showing right now that this team is going to be a very strong team defensively,” said the head coach. Jason neidell. “This team tonight has given us challenges. Their high defensive line, we had a hard time breaking them down and creating opportunities. We know that is something we have to keep working on.”
Saturday’s game included a junior five-point game Katie erwin with one goal and two assists. Erwin is the 13th Lady Topper to record a game of five or more points and is the first since Amber Barnett had six against the UTEP on October 7, 2018.
The WKU have yet to allow a goal this season, with Lady Topper’s defense posting clean sheets in two shows and two regular season games. In total, WKU has allowed just nine shots in those four games, with just three in the regular season.
The first goal of the night came from a corner kick in the 26th minute. Erwin took the corner and perfectly placed a ball in the box which Mackenzie crittenberger walked to the back of the net. The Lady Toppers finished the first half edging Union 9-0, but Crittenberger’s goal was the frame’s only score.
WKU increased their lead in the 59th minute on a first-year goal Briana Sayoc and set up by Erwin. Erwin put pressure on the Union keeper on the attack and the keeper kicked the ball out of bounds. Brina Michel took the throw-in for the Lady Toppers and found Erwin just outside the box. Erwin was in a 1-v-1 and made a move around the defender along the end line. She sent the ball across the box and found an open Sayoc that sent the ball to the opposite corner of the goal, in front of the keeper.
Erwin hadn’t finished for the night yet. In the 64th minute, she scored her own goal to give WKU a three-lead. The Lady Toppers got a free kick after a Union foul. Avery jacobsen took the hit and Erwin opened up in the box and directed it into the goal.
“One of the things we are proud of is a competitive spirit,” said Erwin. “Everything we do, we keep the score and try to win. Everything in life, whether it’s on the football field or not, we have that championship mindset. When you realize it in training and whatever you do, it translates into Play. “
The Lady Toppers will return to WKU Soccer Complex on Thursday August 26 against No.18 Vanderbilt. The first kick is set at 7 p.m.
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