Missouri Western soccer lost its second home game of the weekend in a 2-1 loss to Rogers State in overtime Sunday afternoon at Spratt Stadium.
The Griffons got on the board for the only time of the day early on in the first half when junior Claire Meyers found the back of the net in the 12th minute.
“It was really important to get that lead early,” Meyers said. “That’s something that we talk about every game is coming out and getting that first goal because that sets the tempo for the rest of the game. I think it was in our favor and it really did help us keep fighting and pushing until the end.”
The lead didn’t last too long as the Hillcats tied the game later in the first half on of a penalty kick. The game took a turn after that goal, becoming a lot more physical.
“I think once they got their goal, it became a lot more physical game. A lot of emotions that was really heated and it was basically back and forth, instead of us playing our game,” Meyers said.
After the penalty kick, there was a lot of pushing and shoving by both teams for the remainder of the game. The Griffs ended the day with five fouls, while the hillcats had six fouls.
“We didn’t lay down,” Missouri Western coach Chad Edwards said. “That is a physical team and we knew that coming in, and I think we were just as physical if not more physical than them. We just unfortunately weren’t able to come out on top.”
The entire second period was scoreless for both teams, as the game went to overtime. Rogers State’s goalkeeper had four saves, and Missouri Western couldn’t find the back of the net.
“I think we had some good opportunities, and their goalkeeper is a good player, we just got to execute at a higher level in the final third. That’s something that we’ve talked about all season. It is frustrating, overtime losses are frustrating,” Edwards said.
In overtime, both teams had their chances to put the game away, but Rogers State came out on top. Sophomore Laurelle Theodore scored in the 98th minute to put the game away.
“They played that ball over the top, and unfortunately got to it before we did and were able to finish it. It is obviously heartbreaking and frustrating, but with four games left, we will continue to have a good mindset and play competitive and hopefully a result will come here,” Edwards said.
Missouri Western moves to 4-8-2 on the season. The Griffons only have one more home game left in the regular season. They are back on the road for their next game, as they visit Newman at 7 p.m. Friday in Wichita, Kansas.