Now ranked 20th in the nation, Western womens soccer won another game and dropped only their second game of the season, beating Nebraska-Kearney 2-0 but then losing to Fort Hays State 1-0 in two overtimes.
In the win against UNK, Missouri Western improved to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in MIAA play with its seventh shutout win of the season.
Western scored relatively quickly in the 15th minute, Sydney Cluck scored from the right side of the box, and it was a relatively nice defensive game for the rest of it. In the 72nd minute, Cassidy Menke, the MIAA leading scorer, Scored once again, while in the box, sealing the win for Western.
In this game, UNK had no shots on goal and even with that, only shot four times. Missouri Western shot 19 times with 10 of those shots being on goal, which was the most since their game Sept. 24 at Lindenwood.
Next the Griffons hosted Fort Hays State, knowing this would be a tough matchup, and that was an understatement. In a sport where scoring is usually rare, it’s still uncommon to see a game go 100 minutes without a score, it took this game 105 to get its first goal. And just like that, Missouri Western soccer lost their first home game in almost a year.
Missouri Western’s last home loss came on Oct. 23, 2016 against Emporia State.
In regulation, the Griffons had 23 shots, while in both overtimes, there was a combined two. Out of those 25 shots, 11 were on goal for the Griffons. On the other side, Fort Hays State shot 11 times and only three were on goal.
Along with FHSU upping their defense in overtime, they also cut back on fouls, having 10 in regulation and only two in both overtimes combined.
Cassidy Menke tied an MWSU single-game record with 11 total shots, six of them on goal.
Next weekend marks the beginning of a five game away stretch, and the first two games are in Oklahoma. The Griffons go to Edmond, OK, to face the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos (5-5-2). They then travel to Tahlequah, OK, to play the Northeastern State RiverHawks (10-1). After that Western travels to Kansas for two games, and then to Maryville, MO, and then we end the season here at home.