Western Kentucky’s soccer team ended a four-game road stretch Sunday at Rice with a 1-0 loss. A penalty kick by the Owls midway through the second half proved to be the difference.

WKU (8-6-1 overall, 4-4 Conference USA) was active early with four shots in the first five minutes. As the first half played on, both teams had scoring opportunities, but the squads went to halftime knotted at zero.

The shutout continued until in the 64th minute, when Rice was awarded a penalty kick. The Owls’ striker found the back of the net to score what would ultimately be the game-winning goal.

WKU goalkeeper Anne-Marie Ulliac finished the game with six saves. Deven Jackson was the leading shot-taker in the game with five total, three of which were on goal. Ashley Leonard and Ambere Barnett each added three shots.

WKU outshot Rice 18-16 in the match.

The Lady Toppers will return home for senior day at 6 p.m. Friday against UAB.{&end}

– Follow WKU athletics beat writer Elliott Pratt on Twitter @EPrattBGDN or visit bgdailynews.com.

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