Soccer fights hard

Soccer

The Griffon soccer team lost two home games against conference opponents this weekend.

The Western women set their record at 1-4-2. The first game of the weekend looked promising as the Griffons took a 1-0 lead on Southwest Baptist early in the game on a goal scored by Michelle Polk.

“We came out strong because Baptist is one of our biggest rivals,” Polk said.

The women’s soccer team lost the lead by halftime and then SBU took over the game by scoring their second goal in the second half. The Griffs did their best to overcome the deficit but lost by the score of 2-1.

The second game of the weekend for the Lady Griffons was played against Missouri Southern. The game went into overtime, tied at zero, but in the overtime period Missouri Southern scored the deciding goal with eight seconds left.

The shot that scored the goal was from 40 yards away.

The game was almost over before this point because a Missouri Southern player snuck behind the Griffon’s defense and scored a goal, but she was called for off sides.

The Griffon defense has been excellent this season. Senior Melody Grayem feels this is true especially with it comes to keeping teams scoreless in two games and only giving up one goal in two others.

“The defense communicates well; we pick up runners and close down shooting lanes,” Grayem said.

Fellow teammate senior Ashley Harrel agrees with Grayem about Western’s defense.

“The defense is experienced with each other and know where to be in all situations,” Harrel said.

The Griffons look forward to improving their record and coming together as a team when they go on the road to play Emporia State and Washburn next week.

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