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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt soccer team winds down their non-conference schedule this weekend with a pair of nearby opponents.
Friday night the Commodores will travel to Bowling Green to take on Western Kentucky at 6 pm CT. Then they will return home to face in-city foe Lipscomb on Sunday at 7:00 pm CT at the VU Soccer Complex. Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on SEC Network +.
The Commodores caught the injury bug last weekend, which forced the team to mix up the formation and changed the roles for some of the players.
Head coach Darren Ambrose discussed the impact the injuries had last weekend and how players stepped up to fill the void and gained valuable experience in the new roles.
“I think the experience will pay off and that is what you want,” said Ambrose. “I think it is a matter of being patient at the moment.”
Following the weekend, the Dores have responded well in practice and are looking to get back on the field this weekend.
“Practice has been great this week,” stated Ambrose. “It has been buoyant, there has been some laughing and joking. There was some intensity, obviously, on Tuesday when we first got back and some disappointment that we got out of the way. Overall, I can’t ask more of the kids. They are working hard, they are trying and they are listening.”
Scouting the Lady Toppers:
Western Kentucky sports a 3-2-0 overall record heading into the match on Friday. Last weekend, the Lady Toppers won their only match at home against Evansville 4-1.
Sophomore forward Chandler Backes leads the team in goals (4), assists (2) and points (10) this season. Redshirt sophomore Allison Leone has seen the majority of time in net for WKU. She has appeared in all five games, made 21 saves and has a 1.01 goals against average.
Friday’s match will be the fourth all-time meeting between the Commodores and Lady Toppers with the Dores holding 3-0-0 record. The two teams last met in 2012 with the Commodores claiming a 4-1 win in Bowling Green.
Scouting the Lady Bisons:
Lipscomb has a 1-3-2 record heading into this weekends slate of games. They will hit the road to face Western Carolina Thursday night before returning to Nashville for Sunday’s match with the Commodores. Last weekend, the Lady Bisons fell 3-0 to Georgia and tied UT Martin 1-1.
Freshman midfielder Riley Henry tops the Lady Bisons in goals (2) and points (4) this season while senior Jade Abarca leads the team in assists (2). Kate Mason has started all six games in net, made nine saves on the year and holds a 1.37 goals against average.
Sunday’s match will be the fourth meeting between the two schools with Vanderbilt holding a 2-1-0 advantage. The Dores and Lady Bisons played last season with Lipscomb coming out with a 2-0 victory.