MSU Roundup: Soccer Teams Win

VcMor Eligwe tallied two second-half goals to lift No. 3 Midwestern State to a 2-0 result over St. Edward's (Texas) Sunday afternoon at Lewis-Chen Field.

"Everyone is giving us their best game," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "When you're not that experienced and missing key players, it's hard to overcome that. It was huge that VcMor broke out of his slump today."
Eligwe, who paced the Mustangs with 10 goals last season, staked the Mustangs to a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute off of a David Freeland assist.
"We felt like we could attack them on the left side so we inserted Freeland at right mid," Elder said. "He got behind them and served a great ball to VcMor who buried it."
Eligwe then put the game away with a breakaway tally in the 86th minute.
"He was able to beat the SEU player to the ball off of a clear," Elder said. "He faked and a shot dribble around the goalkeeper."
All of the scoring came after St. Edward's senior defender Bryan Booth booked an ejection for going through MSU senior midfielder Dean Lovegrove in the 63rd minute.
"It was a vicious tackle," Elder said. "Teams are playing us very physically, but that cost them."
Midwestern State outshot the Hilltoppers (3-2) by a 16-10 margin including a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.
"It helped that the got a red card," Elder said. That changed momentum, but we persevered and kept on working."
The Mustangs, who improved to 4-1 on the season, close a five-game road stretch at Texas-Permian Basin on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

MSU Women Shine At Home

No. 22 Midwestern State used a simple method to dispatch Incarnate Word 4-0 in a Lone Star Conference contest Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

"I felt like we played much more composed and played much more to feet," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "That was the difference today."
Midwestern, which rebounded from Friday's loss to Angelo State to improve to 3-1-1 on the season and 1-1 in league play, put on a show for the 650 in attendance which included a boisterous group of 30 from the Sheppard Air Force Base Trans-Saharan Cultural and Logistics class.
"It was fun for the girls to play in front of a passionate group that we had today," Trimble said.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead despite Incarnate Word's tactics of dropping numbers into the defensive end allowing MSU to outshoot the Cardinals 20-5 for the game.
Junior forward Maddie Fraser chipped the ball over the UIW wall on a free kick from 25 yards just outside of the box in the 10th minute that settled well for senior Lindsay Pritchard, who knocked the ball past Cardinals goalkeeper Tori Puentes for the only tally of the first half.
"We have to learn to play against teams that are going to pack it in and just let us come at them," Trimble said. "We weren't able to do that Friday night, but looked much better today."
The Mustangs put the match away with a pair of quick fire goals during a 3-minute stretch early in the second half.
Sophomore midfielder Emily Saville tallied her third goal of the season on a Pritchard cross in the 52nd minute before senior forward Kelsey Hill converted a through ball from Callie Briseno to put MSU 3-0 in the 55th minute.
Sophomore forward Mickey Brown closed out scoring in 80th minute when she finished a nice combination created by Berklee Dressler and Katy Catney down the right wing.
"This is a very tough league," Trimble said. "I have great confidence in the girls, but it's good to know that they will come and respond like they did."
Incarnate Word, which didn't manage a shot until the game was into its 73rd minute, fell to 2-1-2 on the season and 0-1-1 in league play.
Midwestern State hits the road for a pair of league games next weekend including West Texas A&M on Friday and Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.