The Missouri Western soccer dropped two games by a single goal to Northwest Missouri this week 3-2 and 1-0.
The ladies remain winless in the MIAA with a record of 0-8 and 1-10-2 overall for the season.
The lack of bench players has killed them this season. The team has no subs so the starters have to play the entire game. Every other team Missouri Western plays against has enough
replacement players to make at least two teams.
â€œItâ€™s hard to play against fresh players when youâ€™ve played the entire game,â€ Kelly Olmstead said.
Running around for 90 minutes a game is almost impossible to do. People do get tired and not having anyone to give the starters a break has made this season a tough one for the soccer
team, but it is only the second year the program has been in existence and itâ€™s the first year for first-time head coach Jeff Hansen.
The first of the two games played at Northwest this week was a home game for the Griffons. The goalie, Ashley Harrell, had a great game. She saved 12 shots on goal against the
Bearcats which was the season high for the Griffons this year, but Northwest still found a way to score.
â€œShe comes up with some huge saves for us,â€ Olmstead said of Harrell.
The goal came at the 33:42 mark of the first half by Nothwestâ€™s Jamie Campbell. This one goal was the difference in the game. Western had opportunities to put the ball in the goal as well
but couldnâ€™t make it happen. That marked the fourth straight game Western had been shutout.
The second game of the week against Northwest was an away game for the womenâ€™s soccer team. This game was squeezed out by Northwest again 3-2. The Griffons and Bearcats fought
out a well played match in which Ashley Harrell saved another 13 shots which broke her season high from the previous game against Northwest.
Meigan Soo and Kelly Olmstead scored the two goals for Western. This is only the second time this season that the Griffons have been able to put more than one ball in the back of the
opponents net, and it still was not enough to beat the Bearcats.
â€œWe battled and played hard through out but just came up a bit short,â€ Olmstead said.
As for the goals of the team, Olmstead has an aggressiveattitude that needs to be converted into aggressive plays on the field.
â€œWe need to keep fighting and not give up until the season is finished,â€ Olmstead said.
These girls are going to play their hearts out until the end and try to get a win in the MIAA.