WKU Soccer kicks off five game road trip at Yale Classic


The Lady Toppers, fresh off a split home stand in which they fell 2-0 to Tennessee and won 2-0 over Evansville, hit the road for five straight games starting tonight, as they’ll play two games in the Yale Classic over the weekend – a 6:30 first start against the host Bulldogs and then an early 11 a.m. game against Sacred Heart on Sunday. This weekend will mark the first time the Lady Tops have played either team, and it’s the first time since 2011 that Yale has hosted an in-season tournament.

Lauren Moats continues to lead the Lady Tops goals with two, and also leads the team in points with five. The two goals mentioned above in the loss to the Lady Vols are the only goals freshman Allison Leone has allowed all year, and she has been the only Lady Topper to stand between the posts.

Yale comes into the weekend with three goal scorers through just two games – Frannie Coxe, who leads the team with two, and Geneva Decker and Carlin Hudson who each have a goal. Coxe is coming off a two goal performance against Sacred Heart (yes, the same Sacred Heart that WKU will play on Sunday), and leads the Ivy League in points with six. The Bulldogs have opened their year with a 2-0 win against Quinnipiac and the aforementioned victory over Sacred Heart.

For the Pioneers, they come into the weekend with a 2-3-1 record, and are currently on a two game slide. The Pioneers are far and away lead in goals by Kristin Verrette, who has seven through the first six games on the year. Emily Dawidczyk, Maggie Filja and Alexis Parlato each have a goal to their credit as well.

It’ll be a home coming of sorts for WKU head man Jason Neidell, who was a 1994 graduate of Yale, and was apart of an NCAA Elite Eight team, as well as an Ivy League championship. If WKU can win tonight, it’ll mark just the seventh time in the team’s 14 year history that the Tops’ will start 4-1. Not bad with conference play right around the corner.