A weekend full of potential for the Griffons fizzled out when they took to the road this weekend to face Central Missouri and Lindenwood.
Going into this weekend’s road trip, the Griffons were riding a three-game winning-streak, their first of the year. With the opponents of Central Missouri and Lindenwood ahead, the Griffons hoped to at least split the weekend series.
The trip to Warrensburg did not go as planned. Western would fall behind early in the first half (1-0) when the Jennies scored in the 16th minute. The second half did not go much better as the Griffons would give up two more goals, one immediately after the half in the 46th minute, and another about 10 minutes later in the 55th minute. Western fell to the Jennies by a score of 3-0.
This was the first time this season that Western has given up more than one goal in a game. The defense and goal keeper Sarah Lyle just could not keep the #10 team in the nation out of the net this game.
The Griffons then traveled to play Lindenwood on Sunday in what would become another frustrating loss for Western.
The Griffons had defeated Lindenwood 2-1 at Missouri Western back in September and hoped to take a season sweep against the Lions, but fell by a score of 1-0 on the road.
The only goal scored in the game came in the 44th minute and Western believed it to be a controversial one, arguing that Lindenwood was off sides.
“If we were fortunate enough to have replay, it may not have been a goal,” head coach Chad Edwards said.
This wasn’t an excuse, as coach also reiterated the fact that the Griffons have to find a way to score.
Although Western had more of an offensive presence, they never were able to find the back of the net.
This two-loss weekend is a minor setback for the team, as they move forward with only two games remaining. The Griffons are now tied with Emporia State for sixth in conference, but must face Northwest Missouri State this Friday on the road in a make-up game, because of the cancelled home game. Western must also face Central Missouri again this next Sunday to wrap up their season.
The Griffons have a record of 8-6-1 and still hope to make the most of the rest of the season. With two victories this upcoming weekend, Western could still slide into the top 4 in conference and get to host a conference tournament game at Spratt Stadium.
Edwards said that he is aware of the challenges ahead, but has faith in his team.
“We still have a chance to host a playoff game and Northwest is a team we need to beat,” Edwards said. “UCM is a tough team, but we are looking forward to that challenge again.”
This weekend will be the final two games of the regular season for Western before postseason play begins next Wednesday.