Western Kentucky freshman forward Iris Dunn scored a breakaway goal with 4:01 left in regulation Friday to lift WKU past Troy 1-0 at the WKU Soccer Complex. With the win, the Lady Toppers are 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference for the first time since 2007.
Dunn’s goal was set up by fellow freshman Olivia Fitzgerald, who won a header off goalkeeper Nora Abolins’ punt and flipped it into the open field toward a streaking Dunn. Dunn darted down the right sideline and fired a shot from just inside the box. Troy keeper Madison Winter was able to deflect the ball, but it rolled into the left corner of the net to keep WKU (6-3-4, 4-0) atop the Sun Belt standings.
Dunn’s game-winner was her second game-deciding goal of the season and her fourth score overall. She has netted a conference-high three goals in league games this season and leads WKU with nine points on the year.
WKU has won five consecutive games and holds the Sun Belt’s longest unbeaten streak at seven games. The Lady Toppers have blanked each of their four league opponents to open league play for the first time in school history.
Abolins pitched her fourth straight clean sheet and sixth of the season and has not allowed a goal in more than 485 minutes of play dating to Sept. 20. She finished the game with a pair of saves. Troy fell to 6-8 and 2-2 in conference play.
WKU visits South Alabama (10-3-2, 3-0-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.