Western women's soccer awaits first win

Sep. 4—The quest for a first win for Missouri Western women's soccer will have to wait a few more days as the team fell to Northern State 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

A favorable stretch of home games to start their season was not capitalized on either Friday or Sunday. The Griffons will be tasked with four straight road games over the next two weeks including two GLVC opponents followed by two MIAA opponents who are currently occupying two of the bottom two spots in the conference standings.

Sunday's contest, moved up an hour due to heat, proved to be a tussle in which the team who would strike first would be the group walking out of Spratt Stadium with a win.

First blood would come early when the Wolves received good position on a place kick for Mia Zagorski to find Megan Fastenau near the goal to get the ball past budding star goalie Keely Kroonenberg. The next roughly 80 minutes would be an even greater uphill battle for the Griffons already having a tough time matching the size and speed of Northern State's defenders.

Northern State would outshoot the Griffons in terms of shots on goal 3-1. Scoring opportunities would be in place for Western with five corner kicks and even one indirect kick close to the net, but each chance was to no avail.

The first win for the program in the Jacob Plocher era will have to wait until their next match this Friday when they travel to Rockhurst, a team that already defeated Northern State 2-0 on Sep. 1.