MSU: Basketball, Women's Soccer Earn 1sts

Senior forward Lindsay Pritchard drilled in her seventh goal of the season to carry Midwestern State to a 1-0 win over St. Edward's (Texas) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Regionals Friday afternoon at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch.
The landmark result was the first NCAA postseason win for the Mustangs, who advance to the second round Sunday afternoon against host Abilene Christian. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
"By no means are we satisfied," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "We feel good about getting that first NCAA soccer win and I'm proud of the girls. They are excited about the win, but more eager for the next game."
Midwestern State handed ACU its lone loss of the season by scoring two goals in the final 15 minutes of the match as the Mustangs claimed their first Lone Star Conference title since 1998 taking a 2-1 result.
It was MSU's second come-from-behind win in as many games at the LSC Championship and it appeared the Mustangs were going to need the same magic early against the Hilltoppers.
"They really pressure the ball and we had a tough time adjusting to it in the first 10 minutes," Trimble said.
St. Edward's sophomore senior forward Kelly Servage got behind the MSU defense in the match's fourth minute and had MSU goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth beaten but junior defender Berklee Dressler cleared the ball off of the line.
The ball went back to Servage who crushed another shot on frame which caromed off of Whitworth to SEU's Kate Orkild, who sent the ball over the cross bar.
"We really dodged a bullet there," Trimble said.
Then in the 22nd minute, Pritchard gathered in a clear on the right wing.
"She was looking to play it to the back post, but she drove it hard," Trimble said. "The keeper made a play on it and it hit the post and went in. If she wouldn't have struck it hard, there wouldn't be a goal."
The Mustangs survived a 9-5 barrage by SEU in the opening half before settling in to create opportunities on a counter attack.
Midwestern State will face Abilene Christian for the fourth time this season as the Wildcats claimed both regular season matchups by 1-goal margins.
"We know then and they know us, but familiarity is a good thing for us," Trimble said. "We're playing really good soccer right now."
The winner of the fourth MSU/ACU match will battle the victor of the Dallas Baptist/Central Oklahoma clash for the region championship at a site and time to be determined.
St. Edward's closes the season at 15-3-1.

Haggerty Wins Coaching Debut vs MACU, 100-63

Midwestern State buried Mid-America Christian with a 3-point barrage in a 100-63 season opening win Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Nelson Haggerty's head coaching debut.
The Mustangs host Science and Arts (Okla.) Monday night at 7 p.m. heading to the Colorado State-Pueblo Al Kaly Classic next weekend.
Redshirt-freshman Matt Gallagher led the way with 19 points and was a near-perfect 8-of-9 from the field including three 3-pointers to lead a pack of four Mustangs in double figures.
Midwestern State scored the first 11 points of the game and pushed the bulge to 28 when freshman guard Derrell Gibbs buried a 3-pointer with 1:11 left until intermission.
Gallagher keyed an 8-2 run midway through the second with a trey and a jumper while junior guard DeJuan Plummer splashed in another 3 to help the Mustangs build its largest lead of the night at 82-39 with 11:06 to play.
Junior guard JaMichael Rivers connected on 7-of-10 shots from the field to finish with 15 points, five assists and three steals, while senior guard Michael Loyd pitched 13 points and six assists.
Senior forward Chris Buttermore added 11 points and seven rebounds and junior forward Anthony Harris narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Reserve guard Charlie Shorter paced Mid-America Christian with 17 points on 7-of-18 shooting, while 6-9 senior center George Haynes had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Evangels fell to 2-1 on the season.

Brandon Kelsey Named a Harlon Hill Candidate

Midwestern State's Brandon Kelsey was named as one of the final 22 candidates in the running for the 2011 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year as released Thursday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee.
The list includes six players from Super Regions 1, 2 and 3 and four from Super Region 4.
The junior quarterback from Arlington has spurred the No. 3-ranked Mustangs to its best start in school history at 9-0 as MSU goes for its first perfect regular season in school history Saturday afternoon against Northeastern State in Tahlequah.
Kelsey leads the top offensive juggernaut in NCAA Division II that rolls up 556 yards and 51.9 points a game. He is the top rusher for the nation's No. 2 ground attack with 780 yards, but has proven his arm is a more than viable weapon, as well.
The 6-2, 203-pounder ranks third in NCAA Division II with a 174.16 pass efficiency ratings and has posted three of the top 10 single game ratings in program history this season.
Kelsey has turned in three games with 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards to key the Mustangs' offense resurgence. There had only been five such games in school history coming into the 2011 campaign.
He has accounted for 2,464 yards of total offense this season including 1,684 yards while completing passes at a 70-percent clip (124-for-177) with 16 touchdowns.
Other players from Super Region 4 receiving consideration for the Harlon Hill Trophy included junior quarterback Mitchell Gale of Abilene Christian, senior quarterback Dane Simoneau of Washburn and junior running back Jonathan Woodson of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Players are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at the 148 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The 22 initial candidates will be placed on regional ballots and the top two players from each of the four NCAA regions will advance to the national ballot when regional voting concludes on Nov. 19.
The winner of the 2011 award, which is presented by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee, will be announced at the 26th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Florence Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. This year's Hill Trophy Banquet will also include the 13th induction into the Division II Football Hall of Fame.
The Hill Trophy is sponsored by the City of Florence, Ala., Florence -Lauderdale Tourism, Opti-Net, the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and Herff Jones.
Candidates were initially nominated by the sports information directors at their respective schools and those nominations were then reviewed by the Hill Region Advisory Committees, which trimmed the list of candidates.