Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University women's soccer team set the school record with its eighth consecutive win Friday night, defeating conference foe Arkansas State, 6-0.
WKU's current win streak breaks the previous mark of seven set by the Lady Toppers' inaugural team in 2001.
With the win, the Lady Toppers continue to sit atop the conference standings with a 5-0 record in Sun Belt play, while also moving to 10-1-1 overall on the season.
"I think these kids deserve the recognition they are getting," head coach Jason Neidell said when asked about the record. "They are playing really hard and really well."
The Lady Toppers scored early and often against the Lady Indians, notching their first goal three minutes into the match when freshman Amanda Buechel found Kristin Cocchiarella open for the first of her two goals on the night. It was the first assist of Buechel's career.
Buechel notched her second assist in the 13th minute when her pass set up Kellie Walker's goal to make it a 2-0 score. It was Walker's third goal of the year.
The scoring slurry continued for the rest of the first half, as the Lady Toppers went into halftime with a 5-0 lead.
Mallory Outerbridge found the net for the fifth time this season in the 18th minute off a double assist from Alaina Atcher and Rachel Friedman to make it 3-0, and Cocchiarella scored her second goal at the 24 minute mark with assists from Walker and Outerbridge.
It was the second multi-goal game of the season for Cocchiarella, and third of her career. The junior now has six goals on the year, and her 36 career points are currently fifth all-time in WKU history.
Five minutes before halftime, sophomore Megan Meinke added her first career goal off an assist from Danielle Hogue.
Hogue also added the final goal for the Lady Toppers, scoring unassisted in 51st minute to make it a 6-0 game.
WKU's defense was equally effective, holding the Lady Indians to five shots, while the Lady Toppers fired 19.
Goalkeepers Meredith Goodson and Nikki Ryan each made one save to combine on the shutout for WKU, its sixth of the season.
The Lady Toppers will look to run their win streak to nine games on Sunday afternoon, when they host conference rival Arkansas-Little Rock at 1 p.m. (CDT).