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Western KentuckyThe first weekend of fall is here and the Western Kentucky football teams are hotter than the Fourth of July.  Okay, one is American football and the other is international football. We’ll talk about the WKU Women’s Soccer team in a bit.

First, the Hilltoppers’ football team is 3-1 after grounding Southern Miss 42-17 in the first meeting between the two schools. A crowd of 23-thousand and change saw the two square off at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

The WKU ground game turned the Southern Miss defense into ground beef as they totaled 369 yards on the field. Antonio Andrews and Leon Allen led the rushing attack with 136 and 132 yards respectively.It marked the 28th time in Topper history that the school produced two 100-yard rushers in a game in a few years.
“We were hitting on all cylinders tonight, and our guys drew strength from this crowd. This was a big-time college football atmosphere tonight,” said head coach Willie Taggart.  ”Our offensive line and fullbacks were really physical and set the tone early for our running game.”
WKU heads to Arkansas State Saturday.

Now to the “other football.”

The ladies completed the opening weekend of Sun Belt Conference play at 2-0 with a 5-0 win over Arkansas-Little Rock at the WKU Soccer Complex on Sunday. The ladies picked up their third straight win and shutout.

WKU is 7-3 overall and they have shutout five straight opponents in SBC play and nine of their last 11 SBC opponents overall.Sophomore Nicholette Sartori (Malabar, Fla.) found the back of the goal in the seventh minute after hooking up with Amanda Buechel (Cincinnati, Ohio) to open the scoring for the Lady Toppers. It was the fifth time this season that WKU has scored in the first seven minutes of a game.

Buechel added her third goal of the weekend and brought her weekend point total to seven in the 27th minute when Chrissy Tchoula (Noblesville, Ind.) connected with the Lady Toppers’ leading scorer.

Sartori added her third goal of the season in the 62nd minute.

Freshman Lauren Moats (Nixa, Mo.) added a pair of late goals, included a beautiful header in the 71st minute off passes from senior Christen Sims (Madison, Ala.) and Haley Haffner (Noblesville, Ind.), to put the game away.

The Toppers started the conference season on Friday, by blanking Arkansas State.Next weekend the ladies head to Florida.

Taking a look at life at the links.

Coming off the highest finish for a WKU Women’s Golf team in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate all-time, WKU returns to the course on Monday at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational at Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Louisiana, Monroe.
The event is the third of five fall tournament’s and second in less than 10 days for the WKU Women’s Golf team.
In their last outing, WKU finished the Great Smokies Intercollegiate with the highest finish for WKU in the event in program history (fifth) and second lowest overall score (596) for the team. WKU made it’s 11th appearance in the event all-time. WKU had previously finished seventh on two prior occasions.

WKU Men’s Golf travels to the outskirts of Louisville for the Cardinal Invitational for the second tournament of the fall season beginning Monday at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky.

“We are really excited to play in a tournament this close to home,” said head coach Phillip Hatchett. “Although we haven’t played in a tournament as a team at the Cardinal Club, it is a familiar course for some of our players as they have played in various events at the course in the past. We are looking forward to getting back on the course and building off some positive things we accomplished in Huntington.”

In WKU’s opening tournament of the fall season, sophomore Cameron Beal (Bowling Green, Kentucky) finished third and WKU finished fifth at the 43rd Annual Marshall Invitational at Guyan Golf & Country Club in Huntington, W. Va. Beal’s third place finish was the first top three finish for a WKU men’s golfer since March 12-13, 2010 at the Kauai Collegiate Cup. Former WKU golfer Neil Horsely finished first in the 2010 Kauai, Hawaii event. It was Beal’s first top 10 finish at WKU after he finished at or below par in all three rounds, including a WKU career best 66 in the second round.

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