Soccer aims for shutout victory over Wayne State
By Mika Cummins
September 11, 2013
After falling 5-2 to no. 13 William Jewell on Tuesday night, Western has big hopes when Wayne State College heads down to Spratt Stadium this Friday.
“[We want] a shutout win. We have to come out with good energy and attitudes. I’m looking to defend a little bit better on Friday,” head coach Chad Edwards said.
The Griffons currently sit at a 1-2 record. After recording a 2-0 loss to Bemidji State, a 2-0 victory over MSU-Moorhead, and a 5-2 loss to no. 13 William Jewell, Western has high expectations for themselves during Friday’s game versus the Wildcats of WSC.
“I think the problem is transitioning. We have trouble getting back in the mindset of, once we lose the ball, we have to get back defensively,” forward Tara Russell said.
Russell has been one of the main offensive components for the Griffons this season. She’s knocked in three of Western’s four goals, so far.
To go with the four goals this season, the Griffons have put up 46 shots with 28 being on goal and two assists.
WSC has not had much luck on the season, coming to Spratt with a 0-2 record.
Midfielder Teddi Serna said, “Wayne State lost to Northwest and Washburn 8-1 and 5-0 so we should kick their butts. I am hoping for a shutout; getting at least five or six goals in the back of the net.”
So far this season, the only goal for the Wildcats was knocked in by Macy Hagen off an assist from Kelsey Engstrom. The Wildcats have only attempted 23 shots with 11 ending up on goal. On top of their lack of offense, WSC has racked up 14 fouls in just two games.
Western had a great recruiting class this season and is slowly making moves to edge their way up in the MIAA. This season, they hope to make the conference tournament, since they just barely missed out on it last season.
Game time is set for Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in Spratt Stadium.