MWSU Soccer Girls Dominate the First Period

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The MWSU girls soccer team won their fourth game in a row after dominating the first half with many shots taken last Friday night on home turf.

Missouri Western girls soccer team played Northeastern State University on the Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium. Missouri Western out did Northeastern in a 2-0 game. The main show came in the first half with Missouri Western controlling the field and upping their number of shots from past games this season. The excellent team work displayed earned them their second four-run win this season.

The shutout is clear when looking at the shots taken in the first half alone. While Northeastern only took two shots in the first period, Missouri Western had 11. In contrast to Northeastern getting no shots on goal, Missouri Western had three out of their 11 shots total.

Player Taylor Schwartzkopf made a goal from one of these shots only 5 minutes and 41 seconds into the game with a long shot that went past the goalie in the left side of the net.

Edwards was proud of how his players played.

“I liked our kids’ mentalities to start the game,” Edwards said. “We asked them to set the tone early and getting that goal early was huge. And then from there, their playing from behind and we’re not.”

Forward Cassidy Menke agreed with Edwards.

“We started off a lot quicker than previous games by getting the first goal, so that was pretty important,” Menke said. “Coach before the game told us we needed to get more shots, so I think that was a big eye opener.”

Menke believed that taking more shots got them more opportunities to make goals, which factored into their win.

While Missouri Western offense was taking more shots, the defense was making it difficult for Northeastern to do the same.

Defender and team captain Bailey Ketcham felt that the good defense was the result of clearly communicated team work.

“We all just kind of pushed up. We weren’t staying back and waiting for them to come at us. We pushed up and gave them no space,” Ketcham said.  “So we didn’t even give them chances to shoot, and when they did we were able to get in front of them.”

Edwards was happy of his team to get into the winning streak instead of the back and forth that plagued the team earlier this season.

“The better teams are going to find themselves winning in stretches like that,” Edwards said. “To get to where we want to go, trying to win the league and win the national tournament, you’re going to have to win four or five in a row.”

However, the streak did not continue as Missouri Western lost to the University of Central Oklahoma on Sunday in a 0-4 score. Missouri Western’s plan of taking more shots went awry when they only took 11 shots to UCO’s 25.