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Hilltopper Football Wins;Soccer Team Splits | wku

For a time on Saturday night, it looked like the odds were against the Western Kentucky football team in their Sun Belt Opener against wkuArkansas State.

Down 13-0 at the half and the starting QB riding the bench, Hilltopper fans knew it would take a miracle. Well, Hilltopper fans fate went your way in the second half as WKU scored 26 unanswered points en route to a 26-13 win.

WKU is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. The Hilltoppers are on an eight game conference winning streak going back to last year.

“Our guys came out in the second half and played WKU football,” said Hilltopper head coach Willie Taggart. “At halftime, I told our defense they should be really proud of the way they were playing, and challenged our offense. I’m really proud of the way they responded.”

Senior signal caller Kawaun Jakes suffered an injury in the first half and that meant redshirt freshman James Mauro would come into action.

He threw two touchdown passes to Henry Mitchell and that prompted the Hilltopper train to get some steam as they were heading down the tracks in the Natural State.

Mauro completed 8 passes in 12 attempts for 104 yards. He and Jakes combined for 122 yards passing in the victory.
While Mauro was lighting it up in the air, Antonio Andrews was carrying the running game on his back. He had 29 carries for more than 200 yards and he also scored a touchdown. As a team the Hilltoppers had 243 yards on the ground. The total offensive output was 365 yards.

As a team Arkansas State had 335 yards of total offense.

The Hilltoppers will have a 12-day break before hitting the road to face Troy on Oct. 11. The Thursday-night contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU and will kick off at 6:30 p.m. (CDT).

Soccer Team Splits In Fla.

The WKU Women’s Soccer team split in Florida over the weekend. The trip started with a visit to Florida Atlantic as freshman Lauren Moats saw her kick hit the back of the net in the fourth minute of extra time to give WKU a 1-0 win over the home team.

Moats found the back of the goal on WKU’s first shot attempt of the extra time, receiving a pass from Amanda Buechel (Cincinnati, Ohio) via a Courtney Rymer (Nashville, Tenn.) entry and scoring the goal to give WKU the win. Moats’ goal was her third in two games and fifth of the season. It was Buechel’s third assist of the season and second of league play. Buechel has scored eight points through three league wkugames this season.

Sunday was a different story at Florida International. Both teams went to an extra frame, however it was FIU coming away with a 1-0 win. Johanna Volz scored in the 95th minute.

FIU is 6-5-1 overall and 3-1-0 in league play. They were picked by the Sun Belt coaches to win the trophy this year.

FIU broke a streak of nearly 700 minutes that the Lady Toppers had gone in Sun Belt Conference play without a goal dating to last season. WKU’s active streak of over 500 minutes without allowing a goal, dating to Sept. 9, was also broken.

WKU is 8-4-0 overall and 3-1-0 in Sun Belt play and they were held scoreless for the second time in 12 games this season.

WKU continues a four-game conference road trip next weekend in Louisiana. The Lady Toppers travel to Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:00pm before making the move to Louisiana-Monroe for a Sunday, Oct. 7 matchup at 1:00pm.

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