Despite the renovations at Spratt Stadium not being entirely finished, the Griffons found their way to victory on the brand new turf, beating the East Central Tigers 3-1.
The Griffons found the net three times Friday evening with Nikki Birr, Sydney Cluck and Layne Shepherd scoring their first goals on the season.
Midfielder Birr connected in the first half for the first goal of the new season. Birr scored in the 40th minute, receiving an assist across the middle from midfielder Shepherd.
Birr’s goal gave the Griffons a 1-0 lead going into the second half.
Midfielder Cluck put Western up 2-0 in the 58th minute, netting her kick from just outside of the penalty box.
The Griffons would continue to dominate late into the second half. Shepherd was involved in the offensive attack yet again, this time putting the game out of reach by scoring her own goal in the 72nd minute.
The game was in its closing minutes when East Central found their way onto the scoreboard. The Tigers cashed in on a corner opportunity when Deanna Rudasill headed the volley into the net.
The Griffons went on to claim the 3-1 victory over East Central.
Western’s offensive tallied 22 shots, 13 of which were on goal, in the season debut. Of the 10 shots East Central put up, nine were on goal. Goalkeeper Sarah Lyle had eight saves before losing her clean slate in the final minutes.
The Griffons will carry their 1-0 record into Sunday’s match up against Harding University. Kickoff is set for Sunday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m.