Griffons down Emporia State 4-3 in overtime

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The Griffons faced off with Emporia state at Spratt with the Griffons coming out on top in overtime 4-3.

ESU scored first with a header halfway through the 24th minute, but the Griffs scored 10 minutes later off of the leg of Cassidy Menke making it 1-1 going into halftime.

Menke felt very confident going into and after the game.

“Going into this game we had a good week of practice, so we were ready.” Menke said. “I saw my opportunity and I took it.”

Her goal wouldn’t be the last we heard from Menke. In the 59th minute she assisted a goal by Lillian Davis, Davis’ second goal on the season.

It only took four minutes for ESU to make it a tie game once again.

The legs went cold for a bit on this 50 degree night, but in the 79th minute Emporia pulled ahead 3-2 with a quick goal.

The game seemed all but over as the Griffs took possession of the ball with less than a minute left and at their own goal. With 14 seconds left, Madeline Cowell put the ball into motion with a corner kick, and after some fighting for the ball, Sophomore Claire Meyers tied the game with a close shot, 3-3.

Meyers talked about how it felt to be in that moment.

“I knew what was going on, but all I was focused on was scoring.” Meyers said. “Once it went in I needed to focus on the rest of the game, but I feel good now.”
The game was yet to be over though, as the high scoring game went into overtime.

It was not a dramatic overtime though, only two minutes in Emporia was yellow carded and Menke took her penalty kick and made it for her fifth goal on the season. 4-3 win Griffons.

Coach Chad Edwards was happy and also concerned in this win.

“Any time you score four goals it’s a good day, but any time you let up three, it’s not a good day.” Edwards said. “I’m glad we got this win tonight, but there’s still some work to be done. Overall I’m happy with the team.”

Western (6-3)  faces Washburn (5-4) here in Spratt Stadium on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.