Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University soccer team took down South Alabama 3-0 on Friday night at the WKU Soccer Complex for its first Sun Belt Conference win of the 2008 season. With the victory, the Lady Toppers extend their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.
WKU advances to 7-0-3 overall and 1-0-2 in league action while USA falls to 4-7 and 2-1 in the SBC.
"We are really excited to get back on the right track," said head coach Jason Neidell. "We were really disappointed with the results last weekend. I thought our team came out hard and played well."
Kristin Cocchiarella put WKU on the scoreboard first in the sixth minute off a pass from Amanda Buechel. The goal was Cocchiarella’s fourth of the season.
"Kristin Cocchiarella was really fighting and scrapping for loose balls. She got the first goal by being in the right place at the right time and she had a great finish," stated Neidell.
Buechel not only recorded an assist in the match, but collected her third and fourth scores of the year. Buechel found the back of the net off a free kick from Hayley Marsh in the 34th minute. Just after halftime, the sophomore headed a ball into the goal off a pass from Kellie Walker.
"Buechel was excellent tonight, with the two goals and an assist. I thought our forwards performed very well tonight. In particular, I thought that Kristin and Amanda had their best matches of the season tonight," said Neidell.
WKU outshot USA 20-13 over the 90 minutes — Cocchiarella, Buechel and Danielle Hogue each recording three shot attempts. Landi Wilson fired three shots for USA.
Libby Stout recorded her sixth shutout of the season, stopping five USA shot attempts. She lowered her goals-against-average to 0.36 for the 10 Lady Topper matches.
"We have been talking about climbing up the ladder — we were not satisfied with the two ties last weekend and now we have to climb up the Sun Belt ladder. We played a team that was ahead of us tonight and another team that will be ahead of us on Sunday," stated Neidell.
WKU will be back on the field Sunday when the Troy Trojans travel to Bowling Green. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. (CDT).