Griffons aim to close season with a win against Missouri Southern
By Mason Marshall
October 29, 2013
The Griffons set goals and aim to win against Missouri Southern State University in their last game of the season.
Missouri Southern is coached by Alese Woolard, who has been with Missouri Southern for four seasons. She was the assistant head coach for three years and enters her first season as head coach. Woolard worked with former head coach Trevor Wachsman, who led MSSU last season in a 5-10-3 record and entered their second MIAA post-season tournament.
Woolard has also coached four All-MIAA, including forward Megan Stueve, who finished her career putting together one of the top individual seasons in MSSU. Stueve had a MIAA league-leading 13 goals and 27 points, while ranking third in the conference with 59 shots, including 31 on goal.
“I expect us to go out there and play like we have nothing to lose. It is our last game, and ending on a win would be a good way to end this season. I know we are capable of beating them,” forward K.C. Ramsell said.
MSSU is 3-7-4, and will be a huge challenge to overcome for the Griffons.
“They are always a well coached team that will test you in every area of the game. I am looking forward to the challenge and I know our players and I want to end this season on a positive note in Joplin,” head coach Chad Edwards said.
The season hasn’t been well for the Griffon Soccer team, as injuries has been a huge challenge to overcome. Katie Kempf and Tara Russell, who both were an offensive power for the team, had to sit out due to injuries.
“This year was rough on us, we couldn’t seem to catch a break. We had a lot of major season ending injuries and also had a lot of games where we worked extremely hard and were in it every time but would end up losing. Our record is not what we deserved,” Ramsell said.
Coach Edwards is also looking forward for a new season and good opportunity for the soccer team.
“I want to finish this season strong with a win and then get focused on getting our team healthy, stronger and better technically. I am really excited about this offseason and our focus will be becoming more physical along with being more technical with the ball at our foot,” Edwards said.
By next season, the soccer team should look better than they have. With the recoveries from injured players and a fresh new start, the team will be ready for a winning season.
The Griffons play Missouri Southern on Friday, Nov. 1, in Joplin, Mo. at 7 pm.