Missouri Western Soccer

Although the women's soccer team did not get to display their skills under the lights of Spratt Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 22, the Griffons rolled with the punches and got to work in the indoor facility. The Griffons were only able to have one scrimmage this fall since their season was halted due to COVID-19. The match was mostly one-sided with Team Black winning by a 5-2 margin. 

The scoring started by Team Black in the 20th minute. Scoring first for them was junior Kelsey Burkey. Burkey started in six games in the 2019 season and played 411 minutes. Stacking on top of that with another goal was sophomore Brecken Moreland in the 38th minute.

Down but not out, Team Gold put together a string of passes that ended with the ball in the back of the net scored by sophomore Emily Arrocha. At this point, Team Gold had been making a few moves toward the goal trying to tie the game when a penalty kick was awarded to Team Black. Brianna Davis slotted it into the lower left-hand corner to extend the lead back to two. After this, the momentum switched back in favor of Team Black as junior Kelsey Roe scored off of a blocked shot by senior goalkeeper Jessica Hill in the 45th minute. 

Team Gold refused to quit when three minutes later junior Elora Maxwell found the back of the net making it a 4-2 game in favor of the Black team. This was Maxwell's first goal in a major competition for the Griffons.

“It was pretty exciting to be able to get to come out here tonight,” Maxwell said, “Unfortunately, it was not in front of Spratt, which is a bummer, but just to get out here and compete and to be able to score in the intersquad was pretty cool.” 

Maxwell's goal came in the 48th minute to give Team Gold a bit of confidence. Moreland then found her shot in the back of the net for a second time in the 75th minute making it 5-2. 

In his first season with the Griffons, head coach Damian Macias was glad he got to see his team in action in a full field setting. 

“We get to see things we do not get to see in practice all the time,” Macias said. “Having a game-like environment where they feel like there is an outcome, it was good to see them get after each other.”

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