Griffons see positives in road trip losses

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The Griffons played close with a pair of top-10 regional teams and plan to keep the positive vibes rolling.

Western made its way to Oklahoma this weekend, but returned without a victory.

The Griffons faced both Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State during their stint in Oklahoma. Although both games were close, they could not find the back of the net enough to get past the two opponents.

On Friday, the Griffons faced the Bronchos of Central Oklahoma.

Western would strike first in this matchup when Cassidy Chappell found the net in the tenth minute. It would be Chappell’s second goal of the season.

Central Oklahoma would equalize the score later in the first half. Neither team scored in the second half.

Although it was not a victory, this draw against Central Oklahoma represents a positive sign for the Griffons.

“We had yet to score against UCO, so to tie, it wasn’t what we wanted, but it is a step in the right direction,” senior Drew Mantlo said.

Two days later, Western traveled across Oklahoma to Tahlequah to take on Northeastern State.

Northeastern State entered the contest sixth in the region.

Western would fall 1-0 to the RiverHawks, but held them scoreless until the 62nd minute of the match.

Losing to Northeastern State was not how the Griffons wanted to end their road trip, but as with the game against UCO, Western players were not hanging their heads.

“We tied UCO, who beat Northeastern, so it shows that we are right there with the other teams,” junior goalkeeper Sarah Lyle said.

Western suffered just their second loss of the season, but the team sees the positives and is taking the season one game at a time.

Both Lyle and Mantlo emphasized the positive attitude the team has kept.

“It’s frustrating to lose, but everyone kept their head up and brought positivity to push forward and win next week,” Lyle said.

Although the Griffons couldn’t find their way to victory this weekend, head coach Chad Edwards is pleased with the effort his team gave in both games.

“Overall, this wasn’t really a terrible weekend. I’m really proud of how we competed in both games,” Edwards said.

This week Western (4-2-1) hosts Missouri Southern State and Southwest Baptist.

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