Soccer hopes to start strong in MIAA play

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Western opens MIAA conference play at home on Sunday, Sept. 22 against the Lions of Lindenwood.

The Griffons have fallen short lately. Currently on a two-game losing streak, they sit at a 2-4 record coming into Sunday’s game.

The two recent losses were on the road, the first in Kirksville, MO to play Truman State and the second in Lamoni, Iowa to face off against Graceland. Western failed to score in either contest, but managed to get 11 of 18 shots on goal overall.

Lindenwood is on a two-game winning streak and is sitting at a 4-2 overall record. After an overtime victory over Northwest on Friday, Sept. 20, the Lions are at a 1-0 conference record.

Lion goalkeeper Bailey Tracy has 36 saves on the season. As a team, Lindenwood has 11 assists and has managed 60 of 111 shots on goal. The team also has 14 goals so far.

Western goalkeepers Rayelin Garcia and Sarah Lyle have a combined 32 saves. As a team, the Griffons have three assists and have knocked 53 of 93 shots on goal. They also have 5 goals overall.

Last season, the Griffons won the only meeting against Lindenwood. On Sept. 16, 2012, Western pulled away with a 2-1 overtime victory. Forward Katie Kempf had the assist on the tying goal and scored the unassisted goal to win the game for Western.

The Griffons welcome the Lindenwood Lions to start MIAA conference play at home. Game time is set for Sunday, Sept. 22 at noon.

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