A historic season for the Griffons finally met its end in Oklahoma.
Western’s season was full of promise and potential, and for the most part, it lived up to that. The Griffons found themselves winning more games faster than any other team in program history had, and also won the most games in program history.
To end the season, Western had an opportunity to capitalize on some games and move into a position to host this post-season game, but lost three of the last four games, including two to No. 1 Central Missouri. This left Western in sixth place heading to Oklahoma to play Northeastern State.
The Griffons squared off against the RiverHawks last Wednesday in a game that head coach Chad Edwards described as, “one of the best all season.”
After the first 45 minutes of the tournament match, the two teams were even, although Western was able to put up more shots.
The second half was just as close. Up until the 85th minute, the game was still tied. That’s when McKenzie Musella of Northeastern changed the game. From 20 yards out, Musella fired one that was just too much for Sarah Lyle to reach.
This put the RiverHawks up 1-0 with just five minutes to play.
Western could not find an equalizer.
The fact that the game was such a hard fought battle was the roughest part of the loss.
“Our team put every ounce they had until the last second and, unfortunately, we just came up short,” Edwards said. “We certainty gave them all they could handle.”
The season ended, but there is a lot to be taken away from it.
“Overall, you have to look back and say this season was a success,” Edwards said.
The head coach of the Griffons insisted that the success this season would not have been possible without his seniors that lead this team.
“Right now, it is hard for the seniors to see in the moment, but when they look back and reflect, they will be proud of what they were able to accomplish,” Edwards said. “Our seniors have built this program up to be a program to be reckoned with.”
It was the mentality that this program took on this season that lead them to be able to take such great strides.
Edwards could vouch that there was something new and alive in the team this year. The biggest change, in his opinion, was the team’s confidence.
“We knew we could play with any team in this league,” Edwards said.
Moving forward to next season, Edwards is ready to see where this new found confidence can take the program. Until next fall, it is back to work for Edwards and the Griffons.