MSU Soccer: #4 Men Beat ENMU; Women Advance

The apprehension swung about as fast as Payton Fooke's sprint along the top of West Texas A&M's 18-yard box in Friday afternoon's Lone Star Conference Championship semifinals at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch in Abilene.
The freshman forward from Wichita Falls HS poked the ball away from Lady Buffs' goalkeeper Yvette Bedoy to notch the equalizer allowing Kelsey Hill to go 'Abby Wambach' on a header off of a corner kick in overtime to give Midwestern State an unlikely 2-1 win over WT.
"We have hit cross bars and suffered close losses all year," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "That's what makes it even more special for this group of girls to overcome this."
West Texas A&M's Becky McMullen bent a corner kick into goal to give the Lady Buffs a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
"I felt like we came out flat and they had more energy," Trimble said. "And WT has a really good defensive team and that makes it even more difficult to score."
But the Mustangs kept coming by outshooting the Lady Buffs 11-6 in the first half and 10-2 in the second, but they just couldn't seem to find a break for the equalizer.
That's when Bedoy appeared a little too casual waiting for a slow rolling ball off of the boot of MSU's Maddie Fraser to reach the box in the 85th minute.
"She was letting it roll toward her and waited too long," Trimble said. "That was the game. The feeling on the bench switched to we're going to win this game and soon."
Five minutes into the overtime period, Maddie Fraser served the ball to the back post and Hill leaped high to head in not only the game winner or her 10th goal of the season, but also took over sole leadership as Midwestern's all-time goals (44) and points (107) leader.
"To get the record like that just shows how big time of a player she is," Trimble said. "She's been banged up and that really shows the heart and determination she has."
Midwestern State (12-5-2) advances to its seventh LSC Championship final and will face Abilene Christian. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
West Texas A&M closes the season at 9-10-1.

#4 Men Use Second-Half Flurry to Beat ENMU

No. 4 Midwestern State buried Eastern New Mexico with a pair of quick strike goals to open the second half to take a 2-1 Lone Star Conference result Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
The Mustangs improved to 12-3-1 on the season by extending their home unbeaten streak to 40 matches dating back to the 2007 season finale.
MSU closes the regular season at home against West Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
"Eastern New Mexico is a very good defensive team," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "It's a great result, but we still need to win out and take our chances."
The Mustangs drew first blood on a combination of passes from Chris Dwyer to David Freeland near the top of the box in just the second minute after intermission.
Freeland accepted the pass, put on a good shot fake and ripped his sixth goal of the season past ENMU goalkeeper Matt Malak to give MSU a 1-0 advantage.
Less than 90 seconds later, senior midfielder Dean Lovegrove ripped a shot to the upper-right corner of the net from 35 yards to give the Mustangs a commanding two-goal advantage with 42 minutes to play.
Midwestern dominated the run of play throughout the second half amassing a 13-3 shot advantage, but the Lone Star Conference Champion Greyhounds pulled within a goal on Andy Wilkinson's unassisted tally in the 72nd minute.
Eastern New Mexico had allowed just two goals in five conference games coming into their season finale Friday night.
"We really put together maybe 70 minutes of good soccer tonight," Elder said. "The good thing is that we created. Now, we need to finish."
Eastern New Mexico closes the season at 9-4-5.