The Missouri Western soccer team falls to an overall record of 0-4-2 after being scored on in the second half by the Washburn Lady Blues this past Saturday in St. Joseph.
Going into this game, the Griffons had played their previous two games into double overtime, both ending in a tie.
Jenna Weis, senior goal keeper for the Griffons, had five saves against Washburn.
“We’ve had a long weekend,” Weis said. “But we also need to just keep picking each other up and we have to be able to grind through the pain.”
Despite playing a “grind-it-out” game just two days before against Southwest Baptist, Western came out in the first half with a lot of energy and physicality against Washburn.
Most of the first half the Griffons kept the ball on the offensive end, getting a total of six shots on goal. The defense did their job at the same time, refusing Washburn any shots.
The second half was a different story. Washburn came out attacking, getting 11 shots total in the second half. One of those shots went in with about 24 minutes left to go in the match, putting the Lady Blues up by one.
Junior defensive player Molly Slattery had one shot on goal near the end of the match. Slattery recognized the lack of intensity that her team had in the second half.
“We let up a little bit,” Slattery said. “We coasted a little bit, and we can’t have a lag in the half. We need to stay strong and we need to grind.”
Losing this game against Washburn leaves Western without a win so far this season. Head coach Jeff Hansen is ready for his team to start finishing games.
“I never would have thought in my wildest dreams through six games we wouldn’t have a win,” Hansen said. “Not with as many returners we have comin’ back,”
As far as fatigue goes, Hansen realizes his players are tired after playing two 110 minutes games in the past week, but still expects them to be able to fight through it.
“We play Thursday/Saturday the rest of the year, so we better get used to it,” Hansen said.
Even though the start of the season isn’t as the Griffons soccer team has planned it, they are all keeping positive thoughts and are ready to take on Central Missouri.
“As frustrated as we are, we can only do better,” Weis said. “I think we’re gonna use our frustration to put up a really good fight against UCM,”
Western (0-4-2) travels to Warrensburg for a tough match up against the undefeated Central Missouri Jennies (4-0-0) on Sat. Sept. 25.