MSU Weekend Roundup

MEN'S SOCCER: No. 12 Midwestern decks Rattlers, 4-0

No. 12 Midwestern State blasted St. Mary's (Texas) 4-0 Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

"The guys expected to win," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "I felt like we could have played better, but we were able to score some goals. I was proud of the effort after a tough game on Friday. We're happy to get the win."

The Mustangs improved to 7-1 on the season claiming their fourth straight result while stretching the nation's best home field unbeaten streak to 35 matches dating back to the 2007 season.

MSU's back line got into the scoring act earlier as outside back Fernando Garza collected a loose ball in the box during the 7th minute and chipped his first goal of the season over St. Mary's goalkeeper Patrick Kasperitis to stake the Mustangs to a 1-0 lead.

Midwestern took advantage of a corner kick opportunity in the 16th minute as Sam Broadbent served the ball to senior Dean Lovegrove at the top of the box. Lovegrove's shot caromed off of Kasperitis to the feet of senior center back Ryan Spence, who knocked in his fourth tally of the season to push the lead to 2-0.

The Mustangs dominated the run of play outshooting the Rattlers 31-2 and possessed a 12-0 edge in corner kicks before putting the match away with a pair of goals in the second half.

Sophomore forward VcMor Eligwe knocked in his third goal of the season in the 75th minute and Chase Robertson notched his second goal of the campaign off of a nice combination of passes from Eligwe and Nathan Fitzgerald in the 81st minute.

Midwestern State plays its final two-game road swing of the season next weekend at Eastern New Mexico on Friday and West Texas A&M on Sunday. The Mustangs close with six of their last seven matches in the comfortable confines of the MSU Soccer Field.

"This is a really big weekend for us," Elder said. "If we are able to come out on top, it will set us up for the rest of the season."

St. Mary's fell to 2-7 on the season.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Senior forward duo clutch again! MSU beat Texas Woman's, 2-1

Midwestern State's Kelsey Hill and Lindsay Pritchard put on a show Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

Each of the senior forwards tallied goals for the Mustangs who claimed their second consecutive Lone Star Conference victory taking a 2-1 result from Texas Woman's University.

"We played some good soccer and played a great game," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "But TWU did a good job in the second half and really put us on our heels for a little bit."

Hill continued her hot play by finding Lindsay Pritchard, who struck a laser shot just inside the box to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute.

Hill, who notched a goal and three assists in Friday's win over Texas A&M-Commerce, took a nice feed from Maddie Fraser at the top of the box in the 71st minute, composed herself and drilled a her sixth goal of the season past TWU keeper Beatrice Soto.

"Those were two great opportunities and really nice shots," Trimble said.

TWU made the match interesting with goal off of a corner bay Brittany Martin in the 80th minute, but were never able to find the equalizer.

Midwestern State dominated the run of play and controlled a 27-9 edge in shots to improve to 5-2-2 on the season and to 3-2-1 in league play.

"As tough as this league is, two wins can do a lot for you," Trimble said. "We have a huge game Wednesday and we look forward to that challenge."

The Mustangs take on LSC leading and No. 4-ranked Abilene Christian Wednesday afternoon at the ACU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.

Texas Woman's slumped to 0-8-2 on the season and to 0-6 in LSC play.

FOOTBALL: No. 22 Mustangs pound Incarnate Word, 45-14

No. 22 Midwestern State rolled up 586 yards of offense in a dominating 45-14 win over Incarnate Word Saturday night at Benson Stadium.

Junior quarterback Brandon Kelsey accounted for 315 yards of total offense passing 210 and three touchdowns while rushing for a career-high 105 more yards and another score for the Mustangs, who improved to 4-0 for the sixth-straight year.

"He's getting better every week," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "His ability to run keeps the defense honest and opens up holes for the running backs."

Senior Lester Bush pounded the Cardinals for 103 yards and on 15 carries while sophomore Peter Smith added 78 yards on 14 totes and another score as the Mustangs amassed at least 290 rushing yards for the third consecutive week.

"We call (Bush) affectionately 'Bull' and he ran over some people tonight," Maskill said. "The offensive line is doing a great job of opening up holes."

But Kelsey also stung Incarnate Word through the air in the early going as he connected with David Little and Sheldon Galloway from 7 and 15 yards out to allow the Mustangs to surge to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Little finished the night with seven receptions to record fifth career 100-yard receiving night with 136 yards reaching the end zone twice.

Midwestern pushed the advantage to 21-0 on Bush's 5-yard touchdown carry with 9:59 remaining in the second quarter and had a pass intercepted in the end prior to the half after the defense stoned the Cardinals at the 1-yard to keep the first-half shutout intact.

The Mustangs fired out of the locker room to score on its first two possessions of the second half. Kelsey hit Little on a 19-yard screen pass at the 11:08 mark of the third quarter, and then dashed 24 yards for another TD three minutes to push the MSU advantage to 35-0.

At that point, the Mustangs' defense had limited the Cardinals to 107 yards of offense, but freely substituted the remainder of the game as UIW would wind up with 352 yards.

MSU kicker Greg Saladino connected on a 29-yard field and Smith scored from 1 yard out to account for the Mustangs' fourth quarter scoring.

Senior linebacker Ty Duncan paced the defense with eight tackles.

Midwestern State plays host to Tarleton State in a Lone Star Conference matchup Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Incarnate Word fell to 1-4 on the season.

VOLLEYBALL: Midwestern completes clean sweep at Pitt State Classic

Midwestern State completed its sweep of the Pittsburg State Regional Challenge rolling to wins over St. Mary's (Texas) and Missouri Southern Saturday afternoon at John Lance Arena.

The Mustangs, who improved to 10-6 on the season, resume Lone Star Conference play with three home matches this week. MSU takes on Cameron on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in D.L. Ligon Coliseum before tackling Abilene Christian on Thursday and Angelo State on Saturday.

Midwestern erupted for a season-best 10 service aces to key a 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 victory over St. Mary's in Saturday's first match led by freshman setter Kristan Aduddell's four-ace performance. Junior setter Kimberly Jeffrey joined in on the ace parties with three of her own while Hillary White, Katie Bertling and Kiara Jordan each had one.

Jordan led defensive efforts for MSU against the Rattlers posting 24 digs as the Mustangs limited STMU to a .126 team hitting percentage.

The stifling defense forced St. Mary's into 24 errors over the final three sets after the Rattlers came out firing with 13 kills to just three miscues (.256) in the opening frame.

Senior middle blocker Miranda Byrd paced the MSU attack with 11 kills while junior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart added 10 and sophomore middle blocker Caitlin Wallace had nine.

Karlie Ortega put down 12 kills and had 13 digs to lead St. Mary's, which dropped to 13-5 on the season.

White led an offensive explosion for Midwestern in the tournament finale as the Mustangs hit a season-high .333 in a 27-25, 25-18, 25-22 decision over Missouri Southern.

The senior from North Richland Hills put down 13 kills and committed a single error in 23 total attacks for a stellar .522 individual kill percentage.

Byrd and Wallace added eight kills each, while Brandi Flores also finished with a season-best seven kills and hit .312.

Jordan led the Mustangs' back row effort with 23 digs while Flores added 12 more to complete a solid all-around outing.

Casey Ball had 14 kills and 11 digs to pace Missouri Southern which fell to 3-13.