Aug. 22, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Junior forward Lauren Moats netted goals in the 35th and 75th minutes while freshman goalkeeper Allison Leone made seven saves in a shutout effort Friday at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex as WKU Soccer blanked Lipscomb 2-0 in its season opener.
WKU edged the Lady Bison 14-13 in the shot count but Moats' scores proved to be the difference as the Lady Toppers pitched a shutout in their season opener for the sixth time in program history.
Following 30 minutes of defensive back-and-forth Moats broke the scoreless tie in the 35th minute, controlling a pass from sophomore Kelly Phipps and firing the ball into the net from nearly 25 yards out. The assist was Phipps' second of her career - with both contributing on Moats goals.
Lipscomb's attack continually pressured WKU in the second half, but five second-half saves from Leone and an insurance goal from Moats put the Lady Bison away for good. Freshman forward Bria Mosley broke up a Lipscomb possession in the 75th minute and dished it to a streaking Moats, who launched a shot past out-of-position goalkeeper Anna Buhigas from 35 yards out to put WKU in front 2-0.
Moats' multi-goal performance was the second of her career as she upped her goal total to 12, moving her into a tie for ninth place in Lady Topper history.
Defensive stinginess was the theme in the early going as neither team registered a shot until the nine-minute marker, when Lipscomb's Alex Hickey fired a shot straight at WKU freshman goalkeeper Allison Leone, who made the easy save.
Neither team controlled possession particularly in the first 20 minutes but after a substitution wave of five players, WKU picked up momentum for the remainder of the half. Freshman midfielder Sarah Gorham made an immediate impact upon her substitution in the 20th minute, firing two shots that missed just left of the goal in a two-minute span.
Gorham's aggressiveness in the attack opened up more opportunities late in the half, including Moats' goal in the 35th minute. WKU finished the first half with a 7-6 shot advantage.
The Lady Toppers win over Lipscomb improves their record to 5-0 all-time with a scoring margin of 17-2. WKU returns to Bowling Green for their first home match of the season Sunday when it hosts Mercer at the WKU Soccer Complex. First touch is set for 1 p.m.
The 2014 WKU Soccer season is being presented by the United States Marines. This season The Marines and WKU Athletics are working together to promote the outstanding athletic and academic achievements of our female student athletes. The Marines are proud to work with and support these future leaders of America.
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