WKU freshman Barnett named Conference USA offensive player of the week

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Freshman midfielder Ambere Barnett was named the Conference USA offensive player of the week the conference office announced Monday.

Barnett, a native of Rockport, Ind., spearheaded the WKU attack in victories over Florida International and Texas El Paso this weekend, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on four others. Barnett either scored or assisted on six of WKU’s eight goals across the two contests, including both match-winners that were scored by Sarah Gorham.

In Friday’s 4-0 shutout of FIU, Barnett assisted on WKU’s first and third goals to push the Lady Toppers to their first CUSA victory of the season. The freshman also shifted up into a center forward role compared to her normal spot in the midfield, allowing her to serve as the focal point of the offensive attack. Barnett’s move proved to be a revelation for Ashley Leonard as well, who netted WKU’s first hat trick since 2010 in the victory.

On Sunday afternoon, Barnett took full control of the offense, having a hand in each of WKU’s four goals in the 4-3 victory. She put the Lady Toppers on the board just over five minutes into the match, and later made it 3-0 in WKU’s favor on a direct strike off a free kick at the 33:52 mark.

The 2017 Miss Kentucky soccer honoree at Owensboro Catholic, Barnett is WKU’s first CUSA offensive player of the week since Chandler Backes picked up the accolades Sept. 6, 2016.