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August 18, 20171st2ndFinal
Western Kentucky112
WKU4:53BISHOP, Tally (BACKES, Chandler , CHUA, Hannah)
WKU64:19BACKES, Chandler (BISHOP, Tally )
WKULEONE, Allison90:0003
LIPMASON, Kate90:0026
Stats at a GlanceWKULIP
Shots (on Goal)14 (8) 14 (3)
Corner Kicks39
Yellow Cards01
Women's soccer falls at home in opener to WKU
Friday, August 18, 2017
By Logan Butts
Women's soccer falls at home in opener to WKU

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (0-1) women’s soccer team started off the 2017 regular season with a loss on Friday night as they fell to Western Kentucky (1-0) 2-0 at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

WKU struck early as freshman Tally Bishop slotted in a goal off of an assist from senior Chandler Backes in the 5th minute of action.

The two players swapped spots for the Hilltoppers’ second goal as Backes netted a score from a Bishop delivery in the 65th minute.

After a slow start to the game, the Bisons spent the final moments of the first half attacking WKU’s defense. Junior Brooke Brenner ricocheted a ball off the crossbar just before the halftime buzzer sounded, giving Lipscomb its best chance at a goal in the half.

Senior Kate Mason made her first regular season start in the goal, notching three saves in each half for a total of six.


  • This was the sixth matchup between the two schools in the Division I era. Lipscomb has yet to defeat WKU.
  • Freshman Olivia Doak led the Bisons with four shots.
  • Lipscomb and WKU tied with 14 shots each, but the Hilltopppers had a 8-3 shots on goal advantage.
  • The Bisons earned nine corner kicks to Upstate’s three.
  • Senior Natalie DuBoise was cited for a yellow card in the 73rd
  • Hannah Torbett, Alliyah Parker, and Kaitlin Echols each made their first appearances in the Purple and Gold.

Head Coach Kevin O’Brien’s Thoughts:

“We knew Western was going to be a really tough game, and it proved to be exactly that.

"They quite honestly came out of the gates a lot sharper than we did and got an early goal. And that made it difficult for us. That let them play the way that they play really well, which is a 3-5-2, but oftentimes has five in the back.

“They’re very organized and hard to break down. In the end, they applied their attack a little bit better than we did and they were able to take advantage of the matchups. It wasn’t a lack of effort. I don’t think we were as sharp as we’re capable of being.

“We turned the ball over far too much. We didn’t create the chances that we usually do.

"Again, I tip my hat to Western. I really attribute it to them playing well, not necessarily us being poor.”

UP NEXT: The Bisons will travel to Alabama to take on No. 10 Auburn on Sunday at 6 p.m. It will be the first road game of the regular season for Lipscomb.