Soccer stumbles to no. 13 William Jewell in home opener

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Western fell to 13th ranked William Jewell Tuesday, Sept. 9 in their home opener of the 2013 season.

The Griffons returned to Spratt Stadium after being in Minnesota where they played Bemidji State and MSU-Moorhead. Despite losing their season opener 2-0 to Bemidji State, Western kicked it into high gear during the second half of their game against MSU-Moorhead. They scored two goals during the second half and won 2-0 over the Dragons.

Sitting at a 1-1 record, the Griffons needed to come home strong. William Jewell beat no. 23 Central Oklahoma to start off their season with a statement on Saturday, Sept. 7. Leading that victory charge was senior All-American Sarah Franklin, who scored one goal and had one assist in the game.

The first half was an offensive showcase for both teams. Jewell’s Franklin knocked one into the net in the third minute, putting the Cardinals up to a quick 1-0 lead. Not long after that, forward Katie Kempf connected with transfer forward Tara Russell to tie up the game 1-1.

However, William Jewell was in total control for the following 20 minutes. Franklin was able to score her second goal of the game in the 19th minute. Jade Gifford of Jewell then connected from 40 yards out to make it 3-1 in the Cardinals favor. The final goal of the half for Jewell came from Leah Connery in the 32nd minute.

The Griffons never gave up. They kept playing hard and, in the 41st minute, Russell was able to make her second goal of the game, her third of the season, making the score going into halftime 4-2, Cardinals leading.

Head coach Chad Edwards said, “We gave up that early lead, but I was proud of them because they found a way to score and battle through. A couple mistakes that are very fixable, we clean those up and we will be alright.”

The second half was pure defense for the Griffons. There was no score change until the 76th minute when Connery dished her second goal of the game, making it 5-2 in favor of the Cardinals.

The score would remain the same. The Griffons fall to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

Western had 12 shots with seven on goal. Russell and midfielder Teddi Serna had four shots a piece. Goalkeeper Sarah Lyle had ll saves on the night.

Serna said, “It was a bit of a struggle. They’re a good team coming in. In the first home game, we expected to do a little better. But we scored two goals, which is something to be happy about.”

Russell, who was in agreement with Serna about the offense, said, “Offensively, I think we did a really good job connecting passes. I hope I can help my team and keep putting it in the goal.”

Western will be welcoming Wayne State College to Spratt Stadium on Friday, Sept. 13. The Griffons will face the Wildcats at 4 p.m.

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