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MSU Men's Soccer Advances in NCAA Tournament

No. 2 Midwestern State used a quick start to jump on No. 8 Truman Thursday in the NCAA Division II South Central Region championship at the MSU Soccer Field and hung on for the 3-2 victory.
 
The Bulldogs saved a ball off of the line in the opening minute after David Freeland tracked a long serve from MSU goalkeeper Michael Wood for a shot at the open net, but David Friesen raced in to knock the ball out of the goal mouth.
 
The teams exchanged opportunities over the next 12 minutes before Truman was whistled for a hand ball in the box. Junior defender Dean Lovegrove converted the penalty kick for his third goal of the season to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage in the 21st minute.
 
The Mustangs pushed the lead to 2-0 when Sam Broadbent's header into the box found senior midfielder Bryce Taylor, who redirected with a header of his own for his sixth tally of the season.
 
Truman would battle back in the second half.
 
Matt Kimball tracked down a loose ball in the Bulldogs' offensive third and beat Wood to the lower left corner for his third goal of the season to pull Truman within a goal.
 
But the Mustangs pushed the lead to 3-1 in the 61st minute as Tex McCullough headed in Lovegrove's serve off of a corner kick in the 61st minute.
 
The Bulldogs pulled back within a goal on a Dan Meagher goal in the 88th minute, but the Mustangs hung on for the win.
 
Midwestern improved to 17-0-2 on the season by extending its home field unbeaten streak to 31 matches. The Mustangs are no 11-0 at the MSU Soccer Field this season.
 
MSU plays host to No. 2 Colorado Mines in the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.
 
Colorado Mines rallied from an early deficit to bury Regis (Colo.) 5-1 early Friday afternoon in Golden.
 
Truman ends the season at 12-3-2.
 
Note: MSU students with a valid ID will be admitted into Sunday's playoff match with a ticket courtesy of the MSU Student Services and the MSU Soccer Alumni Association.

MSU Volleyball Tumbles in Opening Round of LSC Championship

Tarleton State used a strong net game to eliminate Midwestern State 25-10, 21-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16 in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Championship Thursday night at the West Texas A&M Field House.
 
Powered by Monica Hamel's 11-block performance, the TexAnns finished with 16 total team blocks to limit the Mustangs to a .087 team attack percentage.
 
Tarleton used a nine-point run to dominate the opening set with a .435 team attack percentage before the Mustangs bounced back to take the next two sets by forcing 25 TexAnn attack errors for a pair of 25-21 wins.
 
Tarleton would hit .417 in the fourth set to force a deciding set.
 
The Mustangs took control with a 5-1 run early in the set before the TexAnns roared back to force a match point at 14-11.
 
But senior middle blocker Lauren Bayer responded with a kill and a solo block before Tarleton's Rachel Wolf, of Windthorst, committed an attack error to even the match at 14-14.
 
Wolf, who finished with a match-high 21 kills, would atone for the error by putting away the match winner after Bayer was whistled for a ball handling error.
 
Sophomore outside hitter Shelbi Stewart paced the MSU attack with nine kills while Bayer finished with eight kills and eight blocks and junior Miranda Byrd had eight kills and 12 digs.
 
Junior libero Kiara Jordan paced back row effort with 19 digs.
 
Midwestern State closes the season at 15-14.
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