Western is at a 2-9-1 record as they prepare to face Washburn University in the fifth MIAA game of the season. The game is scheduled to be played in Spratt Stadium on Friday Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Washburn went 4-14 last season. While that is not an impressive record by any means, they have stepped up their game and have already exceeded their win mark from last season which is currently sitting at 5-5-1.
They are relying on a precise offense this season, as they only have 120 shot attempts and 17 goals thus far. They take most of their shots in the first half of the game, and it seems as though Danielle Curtis is the main handler. She has 17 of their 120 shots, followed by Kate Combs who has 13.
“The key to beating Washburn this Friday is going to be playing hard for 90 minutes and completing passes to our players’ feet,” defender Brooke Lucas said. “If we can score early in the game, and then maintain possession of the ball for the remainder of the time, we will be just fine.”
Western is ready to dive in with as much positivity as always.
“I feel very good about the Washburn game. I think that is definitely a game we should win,” forward KC Ramsell said. “It’s also on our home turf, which I know all of us are happy about. It’s the perfect scenario for a conference win.”
As of late, Western has been having a semi-tough time with players being injured, and players that haven’t been able to play due to preseason injuries. But it seems as though there is a silver lining in the dark clouds ahead.
“I feel like our injury situation is finally starting to come to an end. We have three girls that are very close to being able to play again, which is much needed,” Ramsell said. “Katelyn [Palmer] and Brooke [Lucas] haven’t had an opportunity to see the field yet, but both of them are very close to being cleared. Hopefully, they will come in right away and help make a positive impact.”
After the Washburn game, Western is set to play three more home games.
“I enjoy home games and playing on our turf before I enjoy traveling, so I am very excited to play four home games in-a-row,” Palmer said. “This will also be my first opportunity to play on our home turf, since I’ve been out with an injury since preseason. I am pumped to represent our school and play for the faces in the stands.”
Following Friday’s match-up, the Griffons welcome the Emporia State Hornets to Spratt Stadium. Game time is set for Sunday, Oct. 13 at noon.