Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University women’s soccer dropped a double overtime match to Denver at the WKU Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon 2-1.
With under two minutes left in the overtime period, Mariah Johnston scored her third goal of the season to win the match for Denver.
“We picked a bad time to play our worst half of soccer,” said head coach Jason Neidell about the Lady Toppers first half play. “Our concentration wasn’t sharp enough and our effort wasn’t good enough to win. We fought hard in the second half and overtime periods.”
With the loss, WKU falls to 13-2-2 overall and 8-1-1 in conference play. Denver improves to 9-4-4, 5-1-2.
The Lady Toppers got off to a quick start. Just six minutes into the match, Amanda Buechel scored off a shot by Mallory Outerbridge that hit off the right post of the goal. The goal was Buechel’s seventh of the season, tieing her for the team lead with Outerbridge and Kristin Cocchiarella.
Denver responded to WKU’s goal three minutes later as Jenna Billingsley found Jessie Keller for her first goal of the season.
The Pioneers out shot the Lady Toppers 16 to seven.
Goalkeeper Meredith Goodson stopped seven shots by Denver and allowed two goals. Denver’s Mackenzie Snyder allowed only one goal and recorded one save.
The Lady Toppers will be in action again on Friday night against Middle Tennessee at 6 p.m. (CDT) for their final regular season match. The match will determine who claims the number one seed for the Sun Belt Conference tournament.