Women's Soccer Exhibition Against Western Kentucky Ends in 2-2 Draw
Aug. 12, 2012
After the first 30 minutes saw the two teams get just four shots off, Kaitlyn Atkins put Memphis on the board with a solid strike. Atkins played the ball just outside the 18-yard box and fired a rocket to the upper corner just inside the right post for the score.
Just over a minute into the second half, Diamond Simpson found free space and fired a shot at WKU goalkeeper Katlyn Barnes, but Barnes made the save. Chrissy Tchoula nearly gave WKU a lead in the 47th minute, but Becca Brown made her second save of the match on the shot from the right side.
Western Kentucky evened the score at 1-1 in the 49th minute. Amanda Buechel found free space at the top of the box and placed her shot just inside the left post for the equalizer.
In the 60th minute, Memphis took a free kick from 20 yards away, but the touch by Tine Schryvers was saved and the scored remained 1-1. After the shot, Memphis changed goalkeepers giving Christa Strickland her first collegiate action.
The Lady Tigers used a well-executed set play to take a 2-1 lead. Emily Adamic served a corner kick into the box where Taylor Isenhower headed in the goal. Strickland was tested with five minutes remaining as Nicolette Sartori had an open look at the net from 20 yards away. Strickland leaped high for the save and Memphis kept the 2-1 advantage.
In the 88th minute, Hilltoppers' forward Lauren Moats netted the game equalizer when she buried a shot from the top-right of the 18-yard box to the top-left 90 of net for an unassisted goal. Moats' score knotted the game at what proved to be the final score of 2-2.
Memphis opens the season on Friday at Missouri. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.