Griffon Soccer lose home opener

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Ashlyn Castillo bounces the ball off her head to give Western momentum again.

The Griffons Soccer team fell to 2-3 on the season after losing their home opener at Spratt Stadium against the Fort Hays State Tigers. They lost 2-1 after letting a one goal halftime lead slip away.

“It was a matter of effort, and we will get it fixed,” coach Chad Edwards said. “We need to be more consistent for ninety minutes.”

The Griffons took the early lead when K.C. Ramsell scored a goal off an assist from Ashlyn Castillo in the 14th minute of the game. The goal was the fifth of the season for the freshman.  She has scored five of the seven total goals on the season for the Griffons.

“K.C. has been fantastic,” Edwards said. ” As a team we need to be more consistent for the ninety minutes, but she is doing fabulous.”

Things looked good for the Griffons at halftime as they held a 1-0 lead, but Hays wasted little time in the second half to score.  Joanne Glynn netted a goal from twenty yards out on an assist from Cindy Benitez in the 50th minute.

Hays stayed aggressive and scored its second goal to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Tigers in the 62nd minute.  Glynn scored the goal on an assist from Benitez again.

“We let two players on their team beat our whole team,” said goalkeeper Kelly Voigts. “We have to learn how to play a whole ninety minutes, and we have to learn how to play with heart and take pride in the field.”

The Griffons tried to make a comeback and tie the game up near the end. It looked as if Ramsell had a chance to score again, but an off-sides penalty was called.

“We do work well together as a team, but today we didn’t connect our passes like we usually do,” Ramsell said. “That’s why we didn’t have a chance to come back and score.”

Voigts made 10 saves and gave up two goals. Hays attempted 21 shots to the Griffons’ 13.

“Kelly is fantastic. She is a leader, an all-conference player, and we are fortunate to have her on our side,”  Edwards said of his goalkeeper.

This is the first season that Hays has a soccer program and the first ever meeting between the Tigers and the Griffons.  Hays is 3-4-1 on the season.

“Our goal was to score first–we just have to be able to finish the game,” said Edwards. “We just gave up too many opportunities.”

The Griffons next game is against Washburn Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. in Topeka, Kan.  The Ichabods are 0-4-1.

Photos by: Jason Brown