Missouri Western was handed a harsh loss by Central Missouri. They rebounded a couple days later and handed Southwest Baptist a shutout loss of their own.
Central Missouri — 2 Missouri Western — 0
On Friday, Oct. 19, Western hosted the No. 3 Central Missouri Jennies. The Jennies are undefeated on the season, improving to 8-0-2 after shutting out Western at Spratt Stadium.
A night that was used to honor new all-time leading scorer Abby Widrig turned into a scoreless night for the Griffons. The Jennies got it started early, scoring within 14 minutes and then again just 13 minutes later. Two early goals gave Central a 2-0 lead for the remainder of the game.
Kelly Voigts had five saves on the night. The Griffons had only three shots on goal to contest with the Jennies’ seven. Western’s loss to Central put the Griffons at 4-9-1 and 2-7-1 in MIAA play.
“We just weren’t intense enough in the box to get the ball out,” coach Chad Edwards said. “The frustrating part is we were hanging there with them and we let down for a few seconds and gave up a goal.”
Missouri Western — 1 Southwest Baptist — 0
Edwards described the game against Southwest Baptist on Sunday, Oct. 21, as a “must-win.” Western came out on fire when sophomore Teddi Serna scored three minutes in off of a kick from AJ Powers, putting the Griffons up 1-0 early. Each team landed seven shots on goal, but neither goalie would let anything in.
The Griffons sealed their victory over the Bearcats early on. They now sit at 5-9-1 and 3-7-1 in MIAA conference play.
With the win, Voigts broke the record for the most wins at Western by a goalkeeper with nine despite only being a Griffon for two years after transferring from Johnson County Community College.
Abby Widrig and Rochelle Gillilan each attempted three shots while K.C. Ramsell attempted two shots. Serna scored on her only shot attempt.
“[I told the girls] we had to bring the intensity and the passion on Sunday,” said Edwards. “If we did that, it would be a very winnable game.”
Western will honor its five seniors (Voigts, Abby and Erin Widrig, Ashlyn Castillo and Ashley Grunder) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at Spratt Stadium on senior night as the Griffons take on the Missouri Southern Lions. Southern’s record stands at 4-4-2 on the season.
The Griffons saw their chances at making the MIAA tournament disappear when Kearney-Nebraska won and Southern tied in their last contest so Friday’s game will be the last of the season.