MSU Women Fall to #2 ACU, Men Beat NESU

Midwestern State had plenty of chances against No. 2 Abilene Christian Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
The Mustangs just didn't convert them allowing ACU to escape with a 2-1 Lone Star Conference result to keep its unbeaten season alive at 16-0-1.
"This was two really good teams playing a quality soccer match tonight," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "It just comes down to who converts their opportunities. That sounds cheesy but it's true."
Abilene Christian junior Krysta Grimm broke open a scoreless match with an unassisted tally just inside the 18-yard box in the 74th minute, and then the Wildcats tacked on a second goal on a Megan Turner header off of a nice crossing pass from the left wing from Ashley Craig.
The goals nullified a great start by the Mustangs, who seemed to create chance after chance in the opening half.
Freshman forward Payton Fookes had the ball crossed to her feet deep in the box in the 10th minute of the contest and failed to find the open net, then senior forward Kelsey Hill squarely headed Maddie Fraser serve off of a corner kick in the 23rd minute but hit the post.
"Kelsey played outstanding and created a lot of chances," Trimble said.
Hill remains tied for MSU's all-time lead in career goals at 43 and career points at 105 with one regular season game remaining.
Hill, who led all players with six shots, remained active taking a through ball from Heidi Avila but beaten by a half of a step by ACU goal keeper London Elliott as she attempted to chip the ball into goal in the 30th minute.
Elliott notched another of her five saves when she stopped Hill one-on-one off of a nice combo pass with Fookes in the 33rd minute as the teams went into the intermission knotted at 0-0.
The Mustangs finally broke through in the 89th minute with freshman Callie Briseno's first collegiate goal off of a corner serve from Fraser.
Midwestern State (10-5-2, 8-4-1) has clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament next weekend in Abilene. The Mustangs will play the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 match in the semifinal round Friday at noon.
The Mustangs close the regular season Sunday afternoon in a Senior Day showdown with Eastern New Mexico. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

#7 Mustangs Start Fast, Blast Northeastern St. 3-0

No. 7 Midwestern State struck early then held on for a convincing 3-0 result over Northeastern (Okla.) State Friday night at DeLoache Field in Tahlequah.
"We played a really good first half," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We came out and got a quick goal, but this time we didn't let up. This inches us a little more away from the people chasing us. It was a good result."
The Mustangs, who came into the week ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings, improved to 11-3-1 by posting their fourth consecutive shutout.
MSU needed overtime to dispatch the RiverHawks at home earlier this month after jumping to an early lead.
Both times it was junior forward David Freeland providing the early punch on a through ball from Chris Dwyer.
The duo combined in the 8th minute Friday night as Dwyer threaded a ball through the center of the field to Freeland, who beat NSU goalkeeper Jordan Ladbrooke to the right post for a 1-0 lead.
Midwestern pushed the edge to 2-0 on Dean Lovegrove's blast from 30 yards out.
"The keeper had no chance. Dean just put his head down and drove it," Elder said.
Northeastern State went to a more aggressive posture by inserting five into the midfield to attempt to rally in the second half. The RiverHawks managed to match MSU in shots at 10-10, taking a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
"I thought we dominated the first half and got more chances," Elder said. "I thought they had a good second half, but we don't give up 2-0 leads."
Midwestern tacked a third goal off of a counter attack in the 84th minute with Zach Funk collecting the ball off of a Nathan Fitzgerald blast off of the crossbar.
Senior goalkeeper Michael Wood made three saves to notch his fifth shutout of the season.
The Mustangs close the regular season with a pair of home matches next weekend at the MSU Soccer Field, beginning with Friday's match against Eastern New Mexico. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.