Women’s Soccer falls flat at Washburn, rebound in OT at Emporia State

By Mika Cummins

October 9, 2012

Missouri Western failed to keep up in their loss to Washburn on Oct. 5, but rebound nicely in their overtime win over Emporia State on Oct. 7.

Washburn – 2

Missouri Western – 0

Women’s soccer came out slow in the first half compared to Washburn. Nine minutes into the game, the Lady Blues put themselves on the board 1-0 over the Griffons. The ladies would mainly stay on defense for the remainder of the first half.

The second half wasn’t much of an improvement. Both teams’ offenses gained a little momentum, but little was produced until late in the game. In the 85th minute, Washburn added to their lead, making it 2-0 to finish out regulation.

Goalkeeper Kelly Voigts had seven saves on the night. Western had three of its four shots on goal, while Washburn put nine of its 18 on goal.

“[Friday night] was a little bit of a struggle, to say the least,” coach Chad Edwards said. “We didn’t come out very fast. We were a little sluggish to start off with. I think it was a combination of not being ready to go, but also having to find ourselves with new players playing at new positions, as well.”

Missouri Western – 2

Emporia State – 1

The Griffons were ready to go against the Emporia State Hornets on Sunday. Abby Widrig put in a goal early off of a pass from fellow senior Ashlyn Castillo, helping Western gain an early 1-0 lead over the Hornets. Just prior to halftime, Emporia tied it up in the 37th minute with a goal of their own.

The second half was a defensive battle, with neither team gaining an edge over the other. As regulation ended, the score remained 1-1, sending the game into overtime. Only 30 seconds into overtime, Widrig slammed a stunner from 40 yards out, ending the game at 2-1 in favor of Western. That goal was No. 11 of Widrig’s career at Western, tying her with Audrey Henderson for most career goals.

“Abby dribbled about 10 yards forward and just kicked the ball,” Edwards said. “I wouldn’t call it a pass and I wouldn’t call it a shot. It was literally in the air for about 10 seconds. It took a couple seconds until the referee signaled it, but we’ll take them any way we can get them.”

Western had five of their nine shots on goal. Voigts would rack up six saves for the day. The overtime win over Emporia boosted the Griffons to 2-5 in MIAA play and 4-7 on the season.

The Griffons head to Fort Hays State on Thursday, Oct. 11, to take on the Tigers at 6 p.m.