Griffon Soccer fell victim to a five goal second half Northwest Missouri scoring onslaught Thursday at Spratt Stadium en route to losing 5-1.
“I just felt like at the end of the game we lost all of our energy, execution of everything and fell apart,” coach Chad Edwards said.
The loss pushes the Griffon’s losing streak to four. Their record on the season falls to 3-7 and 0-4 in MIAA conference play.
The two teams were even on the scoreboard after a first half where the Bearcats took ten shots and the Griffons attempted five.
Victoria Von Mende scored the first goal of the game and her tenth of the season at the 56th minute mark. In the 60th minute Hannah Silvey made the score 2-0 Bearcats on a goal from five yards out.
The Griffons fought back and put in their only goal when Ashley Grunder scored her first goal of the season in the 78th minute on an assist from Audrey Henderson. That made the score 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining.
“We had the momentum going,” Grunder said. “We kept pushing through it, but after we scored we all thought we had a chance, and it was going to go our way,”
Three minutes later, any hopes the Griffons had of a comeback were crushed when Emilee Davison scored a goal off of a rebound to put Northwest up 3-1.
Northwest’s Tammie Eiberger scored two meaningless goals with less than four minutes to go in the game to push the score to 5-1.
“We gave ourselves chances to score throughout the game. We were in it with them, we just had five breakdowns basically,” Edwards said.
The Bearcats attempted 26 shots to the Griffons 11 on the way to improving their record to 7-3-2 and 4-1 in the MIAA.
Griffon goalkeeper, Kelly Voigts, notched 11 saves on the day. Each team committed eight fouls in the game, and the Bearcats attempted two corner kicks to the Griffons none.
Even with the losing streak, the Griffons have a good shot to make the MIAA tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Western has four games left on the season before the tournament including games with Washburn and Emporia State, two teams that the Griffons have already defeated this season.
“Now it’s just a matter of being positive and maintaining focus on our goal of making it to Kansas City, which is still out in front of us,” Edwards said.
Western will resume play on Oct. 15 in Joplin when they take on MIAA conference opponent Missouri Southern.