Soccer wins first MIAA matchup over Baptist

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The Missouri Western soccer team achieved their first conference victory and they did it with a bang defeating the Southwest Baptist Bearcats 1-0.

Southwest is one of the best teams in the MIAA and the Griffons handed them their second loss of the season. Sophomore Mary Ohm scored the lone goal in the game. Head coach Jeff Hansen was impressed with the play of his Griffons.

“It was a good win,” Hansen said. “We got a goal early and we were able to hold on for the victory.”

The Griffons won the game despite getting out shot 25 to four. This was the third shutout of the season for the Griffons. Senior and team leader Michelle Polk believed matching intensity with the Bearcats was the key.

“Southwest is a very competitive and physical team and I feel we came out and matched that with them,” Polk said.

The Griffons are currently in the middle of a five game road trip. They are currently 1-1 on the road trip, defeating Southwest and falling to the highly ranked Central Missouri Jennies 5-1. Against the Jennies the Griffons were down 4-0 at the half and battled to a 1-1 tie in the second half.

The Griffons will travel this week to face the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Oct. 16, and they will also travel to face the Truman State Bulldogs on Oct. 18. Both teams are ranked in the top 25, with Mavericks being number 20 and the Bulldogs being number nine. Coach Hansen knew that this road trip would be a test for the Griffons.

“This is an incredibly tough part of our schedule,” Hansen said. “By the end of the trip we will have played four ranked opponents.”

The Griffons fell to the Mavericks in the MIAA opener by the score of 1-0. Polk feels the team is ready to compete with the top ranked opponent.

“We are excited to play UNO, with them being one of the best teams in our conference it will be a great test for our team,” Polk said.

The Griffons will be tested against the two ranked opponents; both teams are in the running for an MIAA conference championship. Coach Hansen knows they will be tested in these two contests.

“They are going to be tough road games; those teams are ranked high for a reason,” Hansen said.

The season is winding down for the Griffons, as they only have six games remaining on their schedule. Their last home game will be Nov. 8, at Spratt Stadium.



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