Murfreesboro, Tenn. — The Western Kentucky University soccer program earned a tie for second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings after a 2-2 tie against Middle Tennessee on Friday night.
WKU finished the regular-season with a 13-1-4 overall mark and a 7-1-3 record in the league. MTSU advances to 9-7-3 overall and 7-3-1 in SBC play.
The Lady Toppers got things started early in the first half when Megan Meinke recorded her sixth goal of the season in the second minute. Meinke scored from seven yards out and was unassisted on the play.
Middle Tennessee answered in the eighth minute when Jennifer Threlkeld beat a WKU defender and tapped the ball past goalkeeper LB Wathen to tie the score at 1-1. The goal was Threlkeld’s fourth of the season and first of the match.
In the 33rd minute, WKU again went up over the Blue Raiders 2-1 after Kellie Walker beat the Kela Casiple for her seventh goal of the year — one behind leading scorer Kristin Cocchiarella. Lindsey Goad was credited with an assist on the play.
WKU held the lead until the final seconds of regulation. Threlkeld recorded her second goal of the match off a cross from Kimberly Farrant in the 90th minute to force the extra time.
Wathen — who made her first career start in the net for WKU — recorded five saves and allowed two goals. MTSU’s goalkeeper, Casiple, recorded one save against the Lady Toppers. WKU was outshot by MTSU 23-11.
With the tie, WKU finishes tied for second in the league with North Texas. However, due to the loss the Lady Toppers suffered last Sunday at NT, the Mean Green gain the second seed in the conference’s tournament next week. Denver defeated North Texas 3-0 to win the regular-season championship.
WKU will look to advance to their first-ever NCAA Tournament next week in the SBC Championships. The Lady Toppers will begin their quest on Wednesday.