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WKU Notes

There’s something that could be said about playing college football on a Thursday. First, you don’t get lost in the shuffle of games on Saturday and second, while everyone else is playing on Saturday, you can relax and take in some rest.

With that said, the Western Kentucky football took on Troy in front of a national television audience on ESPN U. Troy was hot in the opening period, outscoring the Hilltoppers 10-7. As the game went on, one could sense the Tide was changing. Apologies to you Alambama fans, WKU was down slightly at halftime.

The second half came and WKU came out with the fire power on super max. Kadeem James led the way in the third period as he scored on a one yard run early in the quarter. Late in the third, he would score again thanks to an 18-yard pass from Kawaun James. The Toppers outscored Troy 14-9 in the third period and WKU got some insurance in the final period, a field goal to come away with a 31-26 win.

WKU will look to keep its winning streak in tact on Saturday at 3pm as ULM comes to town. It will be Homecoming for the Hilltoppers.

Speaking of Troy, the WKU Women’s soccer team tied them 1-1 Sunday in two extra frames at the WKU Soccer Complex.
WKU senior defender Ali Stahlke booted a second half penalty to tie the score.

After senior Christen Sims (Madison, Ala.) was pushed into Troy goalkeeper Katie Comeno-Lewis in the 51st minute, Stahlke nailed the penalty kick that would provide the final result for the contest. It was the second penalty kick goal for Stahlke this season.

Freshman keeper Nikki Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio), who became the fourth goalkeeper in program history to post a 10-win season in goal for the Lady Toppers on Friday, allowed one goal after she deflected a shot by Chanel Elgin that Elgin collected and slipped past Hall. Hall has played nearly over 1300 consecutive minutes in goal for WKU. Elgin’s goal came in the fifth minute of the game.

WKU (10-4-2-, 4-1-2) has allowed multiple goals on just two occasions in the teams last 26 games played.

WKU has two games remaining in the regular season, including a Oct. 21 home game with North Texas. First touch is set for 1:00pm at the WKU Soccer Complex. Senior Day festivities will be held before the game as the contest will mark the final home game for five WKU seniors, including Amanda Buechel (Cincinnati, Ohio), Ali Stahlke (Naperville, Ill.), Courtney Rymer (Nashville, Tenn.), Christen Sims (Madison, Ala.) and Lauren Crowder (Germantown, Tenn.).

The WKU Volleyball team continues to roll. They spiked Florida International and Florida Atlantic by scores of 3-0. Results against FIU look like this:25-14, 25-12 and 25-16. Against Fla. Atlantic the scores were: 25-17, 25-12 and 25-15. This weekend they play Arkansas Little Rock and Arkansas State.


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