Western fell 2-0 to the Lindenwood Lions on Sunday, Sept. 22 in the MIAA opener.
The first half was quiet, the Lions took eight shots while the Griffons took four. Forwards K.C. Ramsell and Tara Russell had one shot a piece. For Lindenwood, Kirsten Crabtree and Miranda Huebner each had three.
Western goalkeeper Rayelin Garcia had four saves. Lindenwood goalkeeper Bailey Tracy had two.
Neither team scored, sending the game into halftime at 0-0.
Head coach Chad Edwards said, “In the first half, we had a lot of energy and we played alright. We kept ourselves in it.”
The second half is when things went into action. Crabtree scored her first goal of the season in the 59th minute when she beat Garcia in the top left. She would come back again just nine minutes later with a blast from 20-yards out, quickly making the score 2-0 in favor of the Lions.
The score would remain 2-0. Lindenwood improves to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in MIAA.
“We just had a couple of times where they shot from outside the box and there’s really not much you can do from there,” defender Taylor Gant said. “I think we played really well all things considered.”
Tracy would end with three saves. Garcia would collect seven, but falls 0-2 on the season.
Lindenwood knocked nine of 18 of their shots on goal. Crabtree had three of six on goal. Huebner managed two of three on goal.
For the Griffons, five players got at least one shot off. Midfielders Ashley Juravich and Teddi Serna each had one a piece, Serna’s on goal. Defender Sydney Andrews kicked up two shots. Ramsell and Russell both had one of two shots on goal.
“It wasn’t exactly what we wanted,” defender Emily Hoffmann said. “But it is our first conference game so we’ll try to get back into it.”
With the loss, Western falls to 2-5 and 0-1 in MIAA play.
The Griffons head to the field again on Tuesday, Sept. 24 for a non-conference match up with rival Northwest Missouri State. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Spratt Stadium.