The Griffons had amazing attendance for their game against No. 1 ranked Central Missouri, and they did not disappoint the Western faithful, stunning the reigning MIAA champions 1-0.
Sara Collins scored once off a header in the 30th minute, and the Griffons did not look past after that playing spectacular defense.
Collins scored her first goal of the season in, arguably, the most important game of the season, and she was ecstatic.
“I was so happy. I know how good that team is, and it felt really good to get that score,” Collins said. “Obviously, I didn’t know it would be the only goal at the time, but it still felt amazing.”
She was assisted by Mackenzie O’Neills’ corner kick.
UCM had a chance to tie the game with a chip shot, but that night was the night of the Griffon, and the shot was missed.
The Jennies did shoot 24 times, with 11 of them on-goal, but none scored, thanks to true freshman goalkeeper, Anna Mayer who had 11 blocks.
“I feel great tonight. My confidence has been growing a lot recently and now, I got all the confidence,” Mayer said. “Obviously, the back line did amazing, and I owe a lot of my success to them. I’m so proud of this team.”
There was great plays by both teams, and seemingly, no one able to take control of the match with multiple shots, but nothing came to fruition until O’Neill took her corner kick and Collins took advantage of it, scoring the first and only goal of the game.
While Western did not automatically go on the defensive, you could tell there was more passion and heart in the defense after that, and UCM just couldn’t finish. After missing the chip shot, the heart of UCM seemed to be missing.
Chad Edwards, after losing three times to the Jennies last year, was probably more excited then the players after the game.
“When you see the schedule at the beginning of the year, there’s always a few dates you circle. This was one of them, and we won,” Edwards said, “I’m so proud of this team, and this is the team I knew we could be.”
This was the first time assistant coach Ashley Haflett would be on the sideline for a UCM vs Western game, and she was proud of the team for the win.
“I obviously haven’t been here for long, but I know the history, so I know how much this win means to our girls,” Haflett said. “I’m so proud of them. I’m so proud of Anna, and I’m proud of Edwards. He deserved this win.”
This game ended a lot of streaks for Central Missouri: 32 game winning streak, 58 game streak of scoring at least one goal and 24 straight wins over Missouri Western.
For Western, this match was also a big one, as Central Missouri was the one team that the Griffons have never beat in school history. This was also the first time Western had beat a No. 1 team since men’s basketball defeated No. 1 Missouri Southern, 75-67, on Dec. 7, 2011.
Next weekend on Friday in Spratt Stadium, Western faces Emporia State at 7 p.m., and then on Sunday, Washburn visits at noon.