Western soccer gets first conference victory

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Griffons use a combination of offense and defense to get home win

After two overtime losses, the Missouri Western women’s soccer team desperately needed a win to push their season in the right direction. The Emporia State Hornets presented that opportunity and the Lady Griffons took the opening at home, winning 3-0 for their first MIAA win in almost two years.

MWSU (2-5, 1-1 MIAA) dominated an Emporia State (0-6, 0-2 MIAA) team that could not deal with any of the Griffons’ newfound attack schemes. Emporia only managed to stifle the Griffons’ midfield who moved the ball at will during the first half. Several times they dropped nine players down to deal with the Griffons’ attack. Even though the Griffons were out-shot 8-6 in the first period, Western had better opportunities to score due to constant pressure from their strikers. Emporia State did not put a shot on goal from inside the 18 yard box until midway through the second half.

Western goalkeeper, Shaylynn Milbourn, recorded her first clean sheet of the year. She praised the abilities of the young Griffon’s defense in preventing more shots.
“These freshmen (defenders) play like seniors,” Milbourn Said. “We were communicating, putting pressure on. We work well together.”

It was not until midway through the second half that Missouri Western broke Emporia’s defense. Megan Sinclair came off the bench for the Griffons to launch a deep cross from Desi Swanson into the upper right of the goal for her first score of the season.

After that, it was like the flood gates had opened and Western would not stop scoring. Jessica Martin and Heather Schmiemeier both put in their own goals to solidify the victory. Martin believed that the passing and playing off of each other were the keys to victory.
“I think this will help our confidence a ton,” the first-year Martin said. “This kind of win will help change the way we have been playing.”

?Western begins a long road trip this weekend with stops at Southern Baptist and Missouri Southern which will prove pivotal for the table standings. The Lady Griffons return home on Oct. 7 when they play St. Mary’s at Spratt Stadium. 

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