Heartbreaking loss ends historic season

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Western’s historic season came to an end Wednesday with a loss to Fort Hays State University in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

The Griffons entered the MIAA Tournament for the first time in school history as the sixth seed. Throughout the game they relied on their stout defense to take them into double-overtime, but the Tigers scored in the 107th minute to win the game 1-0.

This season Western broke more than 20 records including, most wins (nine), longest win streak (five) and most shut outs (eight). Head coach Chad Edwards also broke the all-time career wins record with 21, while goalie Sarah Lyle and forward Tara Russell also broke career records.

The team set the tone early in the season when Teddi Serna scored the game winning goal against Harding University during double-overtime in the 101st minute of their first game. They continued their strong start in their second game by breaking the record for most goals scored in a game with a 6-0 win against East Central University. This led to a 3-0 start to the season, which is the best start in school history.

Later in the season, the Griffons won five games in a row by score of 1-0. Western achieved their ninth win against Lindenwood University, in over-time, with a score of 2-1.

In total, the team played in six over-time games, won seven games by a score of 1-0 and finished the season with a 9-9-1 overall record.

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