MSU Soccer: #7 Men Upset by Eastern New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico's Abayneh Crosby converted a 1-on-1 opportunity in the 59th minute as the Greyhounds beat No. 7 Midwestern State for the first time in school history Friday afternoon at the ENMU Soccer Field in Portales, N.M.

It was the first win for the 'Hounds over the Mustangs in 14 tries and dropped MSU to 7-2 on the season and to 0-2 in Lone Star Conference play.

Eastern New Mexico drew first blood in the 28th minute when Michael Stewart redirected an Isaiah Turnam header with a header of his own to beat Midwestern goalkeeper Michael Wood for a 1-0 lead.

The advantage was short lived, however.

MSU junior Fernando Garza collected a mis-clear and blasted a shot past the ENMU goalkeeper in the 35th minute to equalize the match at 1-1.

The Greyhounds (5-2-4, 3-0-1) regained the lead in the 59th minute when Rodrigo Pontes struck a through ball to Crosby, who put the ball past Wood for the game winner.

The goals snapped a string of four consecutive shutouts for the Mustangs, while Wood had allowed just two goals in 640-plus minutes of play entering the contest.

Crosby's goal was also the first second-half tally permitted by MSU this season.

The Mustangs take on rival West Texas A&M Sunday afternoon in Canyon. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Catney Leads Mustangs in 5-0 Rout of West Texas A&M

Midwestern State's Katy Catney tallied her first two collegiate goals to lead the Mustangs to a dominating 5-0 win over West Texas A&M in Lone Star Conference action Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.

"Some of the players that are younger are starting their way into contributing roles," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "Katy's a talented player and it was just a matter of playing time."

Catney spun her first career tally on a bending serve on a corner kick with a little help from sophomore midfielder Lainie Lambert who ran just enough interference on West Texas A&M goalkeeper Yvette Bedoy to allow the ball to drop into the goal to give MSU a 3-0 halftime lead.

Midwestern, who were statistically limited to two shots in a controversial 2-1 double overtime loss in Canyon last month, jumped on the Lady Buffs with two goals in the opening 15 minutes.

Junior midfielder Alyssa Cooper drilled a high shot in from just inside the 18-yard box on a feed from senior forward Kelsey Hill in the game's 8th minute for the first score of the contest.

Seven minutes later, junior Megan Barnhart forced her way into the box and beat two WT defenders for a 2-0 lead.

"It's really not about the score tonight, but more about the intensity and effort," Trimble said. "It's just a big win to help us accomplish our goals this season."

Midwestern improved to 6-3-2 on the season and took over sole possession of second place in the Lone Star Conference with a 4-3-1 mark.

Catney added a second goal when she collected a rebound off of a Mickey Brown blast to score in the 69th minute then assisted Brown's second goal of the season on a perfectly threaded through ball in the 82nd minute of play.

The Mustangs take on Eastern New Mexico Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

West Texas A&M fell to 6-5-1 and 3-4-1.