Missouri Western soccer ranked in top 25 for the first time; Menke earns weekly MIAA honor

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ST. JOSEPH – For the first time in program history, Missouri Western soccer is nationally ranked.

The Griffons entered the United Soccer Coaches poll at No. 24 this week. To go along with that news, Cassidy Menke was named MIAA Offensive Athlete of the Week for the second straight week. In addition to the national ranking, the Griffons moved from fifth to third in the United Soccer Coaches central regional ranking.

Missouri Western is off to a program-best 4-0 start and has outscored opponents 18-3. The Griffons lead the nation in total goals and Menke is tied for the most individual goals (7) in all of Division II. Missouri Western’s 51 points are also the most in the country and its 3.75 assists and 12.75 points per game are fourth most.

Last week Menke became MWSU’s all-time leader in goals and points with three goals in a weekend road trip to South Dakota. Menke broke the career goals record Friday in a 3-0 win at Northern State then scored two more Sunday in a 4-2 win at Sioux Falls.

The Griffons host Northwest Missouri in a non-conference game Friday at 6 p.m.

— MWSU Athletics —