Cassidy Menke started the season slow, but performed well this week, leading the Griffons to a 4-0 win and a 3-1 win.
For her efforts, Menke was awarded MIAA Player of the Week.
“It feels nice to be back in the groove,” Menke said. “I feel like I started the season slow, but now me and the entire team got our footing and are playing great.”
The 4-0 win happened to be over Northwest, and it had a milestone in it. True freshman Anna Mayer got her first collegiate shutout, recording four saves in the game.
Mayer felt ecstatic and confident after the shutout.
“Starting the year, my confidence wasn’t really there, but now, I feel like not only me, but the team is feeling alot more confident in our games,” Mayer said. “The confidence will definitely help in the upcoming game against Central Missouri.”
Jordan Jennings also scored her fist goal on the season, while Brooke Howe scored her first goal of her career against Northwest.
This weekend Western also faced Lindenwood, beating them 3-1.
The only goal conceded this weekend was a penalty kick in this game.
Sophomore Ashley Mathis became the first Griffon to score more than one goal this season early on, and Menke followed suit later in the game. Claire Meyers also scored in this game.
Coach Chad Edwards was very pleased with this weekend of play, especially with the defense.
“I’m very proud of this team, the defense for only letting up one goal, on a penalty kick and our offense for seven goals,” Edwards said. “There are some fundamentals we gotta get under our belt, but I feel like the team has hit its groove, and we’ve got the confidence now.”
The Griffons have now won three games in a row and look to continue their winning ways against undefeated UCM on Friday to open up home play.
Mayer talked about the preparation in facing a team like UCM.
“It’s another nameless, faceless team. No matter who we’re facing, we gotta go out there and play at our best,” Mayer said. “This weekend really helped my confidence going into this game, and we’re ready for it.”