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WKU Goes Even In First Week

After playing a couple of tuneup games the week before, Western Kentucky’s Soccer season is officially underway.
The 2012 futbol season started Friday night at the WKU Soccer Complex as Evansville came to Hilltopper land for the lid lifter and WKU used the trifecta to defeat the visitors by a count of 3-0.
Senior Amanda Buechel had the hot foot for the home team scoring two goals. The Cincinnatti native matched her total from last season.
“It was really exciting to score two goals tonight. After just scoring two goals last year, it was really nice to get two in one game. Hopefully I can keep that going through the season… Both times I was trying to get to the end line. I usually try to find someone sliding in. Both times I was able to slide it in myself. I had alot of options. The goalie was kind of tricked into the other players making really good runs and I was able to slide it in.”
Her coach, Jason Neidell said he was proud of the team in the season debut. “We came out and played with alot more composure than I expected us to for our opening night. We kept control of the ball. We got the early goal and it was a huge lift for us. It allowed us to relax and have some composure.”
In the closing stages of the game, Nicholette Sartori gave WKU some insurance as she broke away from a defender and saw the ball sail into the back of the net.
The victory was short lived as WKU played the University of Tennessee Sunday afternoon at the WKU Soccer Complex. The score was tied 1-1 when the Lady Vols scored three additional goals in the first half to pull away with a 4-1 win.
Amy Harrison scored the game’s first goal in the opening stages of the contest. WKU fought back as Lauren Moats scored on a pass from Stephanie Lindsey.
The tie would be short lived as Tennessee broke the deadlock in the ninth minute of the game. Both squads settled down, however the Lady Vols would score two more goals toward the midpoint of the contest.
“We scored and had the flow of play for two or three minutes and then they scored again,” said head coach Jason Neidell. “That put us on our heels again.”
“I thought we were a bit timid in the first half,” said Neidell. “It really set us back, our body language changed and our mentality changed. We were really dejected in the first half. The thing that changed in the second half, we made some tactical adjustments. But the big thing that changed was our mentality. We were alot stronger in the second half. Had we done that from the opening whistle, we would have been in really good shape today.”
The Lady Vols are 2-0 and WKU was attempting to defeat their third different SEC opponent in school history. The Lady Toppers are 1-1 and will travel to Muncie,Ind. for a pair of games in the Ball State tournament. They’ll face Xavier on Aug. 24 and Northern Kentucky Aug. 26. WKU returns home Sept. 9 to face Vanderbilt.

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