Western soccer defeats Northwest and Lindenwood, soon to face #4 ranked UCM

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The Missouri Western Griffons soccer team went from 4-0 to 6-0 as they beat Northwest and Lindenwood and now hold the record for team goals in a season.

The Griffons have scored 27 goals and the season is only one-third done. Playing six games the Griffons average 4.5 goals a game and only letting up an average of 0.5 goals a game.

The first game this week pitted Northwest vs the Griffons, the Griffons won this one 4-0. Taylor Schwartzkopf and Sydney Cluck added one goal to their season total and both Jordan Jennings and Sara Collins scored their first goals of the season. Both Missouri Western and Northwest had about 45 percent of their shots be on goal.

Last sunday Missouri Western faced Lindenwood here at Craig Field and came away with a 5-0 victory. Schwartzkopf and Cluck both scored again and Cassidy Menke had another multi-goal game scoring two goals in the game. Sarah Blakley scored her first goal of the season in the second minute of the game. Lindenwood only shot six times with only one of them being on goal while the Griffons shot 22 times with 13 of those shots being on goal.

Missouri Western has been using the same game plan for each of these games no matter their record. “No matter the record we’re not gonna change our mindset,” Coach Edwards of the soccer team said. He then commented on that mindset. “It’s a mix of attacking, playing fast, movement off the ball and a lot of creativity.”

Edwards also talked about the players who impressed him.

“It was honestly a combination of all the players but if I gotta point some out, I’d say Menke, Schwartzkopf, Cowell, Cluck, and Mathis,” Williamson said.

Bridget Blessie, a senior on the soccer team, has been impressed with everyone so far.

“From the new people we brought in to all the returners we have, all the way to Coach Edwards, we stayed prepared and focused never losing sight of what we wanted,” Blessie said. She then went into what she says is a connection to their good play. “Our new conditioning coach has been on us constantly and they gave us summer workout and conditioning and it seems like people have been following it and that really helps.”

Paige Phipps, a senior, believes that this doesn’t change their goals.

“I think from the beginning of the season our goal was to be in the MIAA championship and it still is, nothing has changed, mindset or goals wise,” Phipps said. “This is still the same team that played our very first game.”

Next Friday the Griffons go to Warrensburg in a battle of undefeated records with both teams being 6-0 and then on Sunday they travel to St. Charles to face Lindenwood again who is sporting a 3-3 record.