Rogers State edges Griffon soccer in overtime
An overtime goal gave new MIAA member Rogers State (5-6-3, 2-3-2) a 2-1 win over Griffon Soccer (4-8-2, 1-5-1), Oct. 20 at Spratt Memorial Stadium.
Fans had to wait a while for the final goal. Claire Meyers gave MWSU a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, beating a Rogers State defender, dribbling into the box and blasting a shot into the upper left corner of the net after passes from Lillian Davis and Mackenzie O’Neill. Rogers State, from Claremore, Oklahoma, got the equalizer one minute later on a penalty kick, just getting the PK past a diving Mayer’s finger tips.
Missouri Western will play its next three games on the road, the final away games of the regular season. The road swing begins Oct. 25 at another first-year MIAA member, Newman (6-3-4, 2-2-2) in Wichita, Kansas.
Volleyball sweeps Jets
Griffon volleyball (11-7, 5-5) bounced back with a sweep at Newman (0-20, 0-11) Oct. 19.
The Griffons held off Newman in the first and used two big runs in the second before blowing past the Jets in the third to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in a month.
Missouri Western had four aces, its most since six at Emporia State on Sept. 26. The Griffons’ 44 kills were their second most in a three-set match this season.
After just three home matches through their first 18, the Griffons get three straight in the MWSU Fieldhouse next week. The home stand starts with No. 14 Northwest Missouri State on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the first of three Pink Week matches.
Griffons beat Central Oklahoma for fourth straight win
Griffon football (5-2) survived a late Central Oklahoma (2-5) rally to win its eighth straight game away from home and move to 5-2 for the first time since 2014. Twenty-six fourth quarter points by UCO weren’t enough to overcome the Griffons, who won 50-43.
Missouri Western led 42-23 with nine minutes to play, but the Bronchos rattled off 13 points in less than three minutes to pull within six. Shamar Griffith more or less put the game away with a 70-yard touchdown catch with five minutes remaining. UCO scored again with 2:41 left, but MWSU recovered an onside kick and drove to the UCO 8-yard line before two kneel downs to close out the win.
The Griffons won four straight games for the first time since starting the 2013 season 7-0. After starting the season 4-2 for the sixth straight season, MWSU moved to 5-2 for the first time since 2014.
Next up is the Rogers Pharmacy Hall of Fame Weekend with Emporia State (2-5) visiting Spratt Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 26.