Ryan Spence's third tally of the season in the 104th minute of the second overtime lifted No. 12 Midwestern State to a 1-0 win over Texas A&M International Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
Spence raced forward on a counter attack, received a feed from senior midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald and gathered in time to slam a shot from just outside the 18-yard box past Dustdevil keeper Jesus Cisneros to give the Mustangs a hard-fought result.
"My hat is off to Texas A&M International," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "They worked hard and stayed organized. It was a pretty even game and we had a hard time breaking them down."
MSU's best opportunity of the night resulted only after goalkeeper Michael Wood made a sprawling save on Joan Vallejo's header off of a corner kick which appeared destined for the back of the net.
"That's what a keeper is there for," Elder said. "They can win you the game and Woody came through for us."
The Mustangs pushed the ball forward as Fitzgerald broke down the left wing and found a sprinting Spence just past midfield.
"We may have worn them down a bit," Elder said. "We were able to get forward and finish off the opportunity."
With the win, Midwestern improves to 6-1 and advances its home field unbeaten streak to 34 matches. It was just the Mustangs' second home game of the season and the first since beating Central Baptist 7-0 in its opener.
Midwestern State takes on St. Mary's (Texas) Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Texas A&M International dipped to 5-2-1.
Midwestern State's Kelsey Hill scored a goal and assisted on three others to lead the Mustangs to a 4-1 Lone Star Conference win over Texas A&M-Commerce Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"Kelsey had one of her best nights ever," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "I was impressed with how hard she worked."
The Mustangs improved to 4-2-2 on the season and moved to 2-2-1 in league play, while the Lions slipped to 4-4-1 and 2-2-1.
The Mustangs shook off a pair of difficult results on the road last weekend and flashed their potential in front of a home crowd of 703.
"We talked a lot this week about raising our intensity and worked a lot on corner kicks," Trimble said. "That may have shown with us following shots and finishing opportunities."
The Mustangs jumped on top in the 8th minute when junior midfielder Haley Crandall collected a deflection off of a Hill shot to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 lead.
Hill remained active in the opening minutes of the second half as she assisted on an Alyssa Cooper goal in the 50th minute before connecting with Crandall for a second score off of a deflection of a corner kick in the 54th minute.
"We passed the ball well today and played really good soccer in stretches," Trimble said. "The best thing I can say is we finished opportunities."
Texas A&M-Commerce pulled to within 3-1 when Brionna Minde notched the Lions' lone goal of the contest off of a corner kick in the 67th minute.
The Mustangs regained a three-goal margin just two minutes later as Hill struck for her fifth goal of the season on yet another corner kick chance.
Midwestern State takes on Texas Woman's University in a Lone Star Conference contest Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Midwestern State turned up the defense to snap a five-game skid, claiming a 25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 25-20 win over Northwest Missouri State Friday morning in the Pitt State Classic at John Lance Arena.
The Mustangs, who upped their season record to 7-6, continue tournament play against Newman (Kan.) at 5 p.m.
Hillary White and Caitlin Wallace headlined MSU's stellar efforts both at the net and on the back row as the Mustangs limited the Bearcats to a paltry .084 team hitting percentage while forcing 29 errors.
White, a senior outside hitter from North Richland Hills, posted a season-high 28 digs while senior libero Kiara Jordan added 17 and sophomore Brandi Flores had 14. Freshman setter Kristan Aduddell completed her third collegiate double-double by matching a season-high 27 assists to go along with 11 digs.
Wallace got her hands on a season-high six of MSU's 11.0 total blocks for the contest as Shelbi Stewart added four blocks while White and Miranda Byrd had three each.
Stewart, a junior from Pflugerville, paced the Mustangs' attack with 11 kills while freshman Katie Bertling added nine kills and Byrd and Wallace notched eight kills apiece.
Northwest Missouri dropped to 4-9 on the season.