MSU Weekend Roundup

Friday, Sept. 21

MEN'S SOCCER: Incarnate Word ends MSU's home field unbeaten streak at 45

No. 13 Midwestern State was within 111 seconds of another home win Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.

But Incarnate Word's Vinny Bailey scored to push the match into overtime before completing a hat trick with a breakaway goal in the 106th minute of double overtime to give the Cardinals a 3-2 Lone Star Conference victory.

A UIW celebration ensued including a few taunts from the Cardinals toward the crowd of 972 fans.

"That was years of frustration for Incarnate Word," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "I wasn't too happy with what happened after the game but that's a part of the game also, I suppose."

Incarnate Word definitely earned the victory outshooting the Mustangs by a 23-13 count including a 14-8 edge in shots on frame.

"That's the most chances we've given up on goal in a while," Elder said. "(UIW) is a good team. That's the most athletic team I've seen then have in a while. Those wing midfielder and (Tenny Adebowale) are very quick."

Yet a pair of goals by MSU junior forward Lenny Smith - both assisted by VcMor Eligwe - allowed the Mustangs to carry the lead for much of the evening.

Smith tallied his first goal in the 44th minute but the lead would persist for just 30 seconds as Bailey deposited his first goal on a cross from Placide Buduri later in the same minute to knot the match at 1-1 going into the intermission.

The Mustangs got off to a solid start in the second half and regained the lead on Smith's second goal in the 52nd minute.

"We created some good chances in the second half and I thought we played better," Elder said.

Then Bailey wiped away the advantage late to send the match into overtime.

"I thought we got a little tired and they got a little tired and we weren't able to cover some of their attacks in the second half," Elder said. "It's heartbreaking to be up 2-1 with 1:51 left in the game and give up a goal. Frustrating because you feel like you have it won and you can just hang in there."

MSU junior goalkeeper Ray Clark sparkled in defeat making 10 saves with many on difficult chances.

The loss snapped the Mustangs' 45-game home unbeaten streak which dated back to the 2007 season.

Midwestern takes on Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Briggs leads West Texas A&M past Mustangs 2-1 in OT

West Texas A&M senior Leslie Briggs netted the game winner in the 100th minute of overtime to lift the Lady Buffs to a 2-1 win over Midwestern State Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.

"Both teams were equally matched," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "Leslie Briggs is a great player and she really made an impact for them."

The Mustangs led in just about every statistical category against WT including a 26-19 edge in shots and 6-4 advantage in corner kicks and grasped the advantage on Katy Catney's first goal of the season in the 66th minute.

"We played a really good soccer game and we're moving forward and progressing," Trimble said. "Katy had a great game for us. We've been telling them it doesn't have to be a pretty shot. That ball was rolling across her and (the goal) gave us a good lift."

But Briggs was the difference for the Lady Buffs as she had a hand each of the side's tallies.

She worked her way to the left wing before serving a cross to Emily Krenek in the 74th minute to net the West Texas A&M equalizer then was on the end of a combination of passes from Krenek and Kelsey Wright for the winning goal in overtime.

"We need to work harder defensively," Trimble said. "That's how they got the equalizer because we didn't pressure the ball. We have to be smarter in the last minute of games, halves, regulation and overtimes. We made a few key mistakes in sudden death overtime will hurt you."

Senior goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth played brilliantly in defeat making seven saves.

"Mallory played one the great games I've seen her play tonight," Trimble said. "She is a great keeper and she was on tonight. She's a special player and she keeps us in games."

Trimble also lauded the play of senior midfielder Maddie Fraser and converted freshman defender Alex Edwards.

"Maddie did really well winning balls in the air, was really blue collar and worked hard tonight," he said. "Alex did a great job in the back. I was excited to see her play that well."

Midwestern State (1-5-1, 1-1-1) closes the weekend by playing host to Eastern New Mexico Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

"We loved the fans being there and supporting us, but it's really hard that we didn't come away with a win for everyone," Trimble said.

West Texas A&M improved to 4-3-1 on the season and to 3-1 in league play.

Saturday, Sept. 22

FOOTBALL: No. 15 Mustangs runs past Texas A&M-Kingsville, 45-28

Keidrick Jackson rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns as No. 15 Midwestern State rolled to a 45-28 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night at Javelina Stadium.
The Mustangs, who improved to 2-1 on the season, plays Incarnate Word in their home opener Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Midwestern offense chewed up 615 total yards including 421 on the ground as Jackson and sophomore running back Jimmy Pipkin (113 yards on nine carries) broke over the century mark.
"The backs ran really well today," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "We made it an emphasis that the backs had to run more consistently. The backs ran really, really hard."
The Mustangs exploded for 28 points in the second quarter highlighted by three 1-yard scoring runs by Jackson and an 89-yard burst by Pipkin to build to help MSU to a 35-7 halftime advantage.
"It was a very good first half," Maskill said. "We celebrated too much at halftime because we came out in the third quarter and didn't do anything offensively."
Led by quarterback Bryan Erlich, who finished with 415 yards on 28-of-55 passing with three touchdowns, Texas A&M-Kingsville stormed back in the second half.
Erlich connected with Sherman Batiste on a 52-yard slant for the only score of the third quarter before Joseph Vela hit Robert Armstrong on a reverse pass for 9 yards to pull the Javelinas to within 35-21 with 14:54 to play.
But Jackson had an answer breaking three tackles on a 73-yard scoring burst to give the Mustangs a three touchdown lead at 42-21 just 19 seconds later.
Erlich and Vela hooked up on a 35-yard TD pass with 12:16 for the Javelinas but it was too little, too late.
MSU sophomore Chauncey Harris added 66 rushing yards on five carries, while junior Peter Smith chipped in 60 yards on seven totes as four MSU runners notched rushes of 36-or-more yards.
Senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey connected on 11-of-21 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown while senior wideout Jared Freeman led the receiving corps with 71 yards on four receptions including a 15-yard TD in the first quarter.
Texas A&M-Kingsville dropped its second straight game to fall to 2-2 on the season.

VOLLEYBALL: Mustangs deny Texas A&M-Kingsville in five sets

Midwestern State used its biggest game of the season at the net to claim its first Lone Star Conference win Saturday taking a 22-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-21, 15-10 decision over Texas A&M-Kingsville at D.L.Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs logged a season-high 12 total team blocks including four in the decisive fifth set to improve to 3-9 on the season and to 1-3 in the LSC.

MSU's strong play at the net allowed it to build momentum in the fifth set as Caitlin Wallace and Kasey Decker combined on a block of TAMUK's Kelsee Felux on ball that hover in the air before landing on the line to give the Mustangs a 4-2 edge earlier in the set.

Wallace then combined with Courtney Haney to deny the Javelinas a chance to tie the set at 7-7 and spurred a 4-0 MSU run to put the Mustangs up 10-6 - a lead the Mustangs maintained the rest of the way.

Midwestern's balanced attack, paced by junior outside hitter Beatriz Villalba and junior middle blocker Michelle Blount who posted 11 kills each, allowed the Mustangs to swing their way back into the game after falling behind two sets to one.

MSU blistered the ball at a .237 clip to earn a 25-21 win in the fourth to force a deciding set.

Senior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart enjoyed a stellar all-around performance finishing with a season-high 23 digs to go along with 10 kills, three total blocks and four service aces.

Wallace added 10 kills, seven digs and six total blocks while Blount joined in on the block part with six of her own.

MSU also delivered on the back row which limited the Javelinas to a .185 attack percentage as sophomore libero Casey Fletcher led the way with 25 digs.

Junior outside hitter Dedra Brown paced Texas A&M-Kingsville with 19 kills while sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Washington added 18 kills to go along with 10 digs.

Midwestern State hits the road to take on West Texas A&M Tuesday night in Canyon. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY: Mustangs claim split squad team win at Ram Ramble

Nadia Majed and Cara Mack led Midwestern State to a split squad team victory Saturday morning here at the Third Annual Ram Ramble hosted by Texas Wesleyan.
"I am very proud of the progress this group has made over the past couple of weeks," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "There aren't many programs who can claim a win with a split squad. The girls responded very well today."
Majed, a senior transfer from Oklahoma Baptist, covered the 5K course in 20:08.61 to finish third overall.
"Nadia ran strong today," Styles said. "She wasn't passed by a single runner and just kept moving up throughout the race."
Sophomore Cara Mack placed fourth with a time of 20:10.19 followed by senior Heather Owens (9th/20:49.49) and freshmen Carrie Finson (12th/21:20.45) and Danielle Androes (16th/21:55.15) to account for the countable scores for MSU while sophomore Andrea Giron placed 29th with a time of 23:24.31.
The Mustangs totaled 28 points to outdistance a seven-team field including the University of Dallas (35 points), Texas-Dallas (84), Northwood (Texas) (122), Wiley (Texas) (129), Howard Payne (Texas) (148) and Sul Ross State (Texas) (167).
MSU's Melody Caldwell placed sixth overall with a time of 20:24.07 competing as an unattached runner.
Midwestern State competes in the Kansas Invitational Saturday in Lawrence.

Sunday, Sept. 23

MEN'S SOCCER: #13 Mustangs blast Ouachita Baptist, 6-0

No. 13 Midwestern State erupted for a season-high six goals to blast Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 6-0 Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

"It was a little bit better result today," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We got the ball forward well and they gave us time and opportunity to score. We finished better today."

The Mustangs, who were reeling from their first home loss since 2007 Friday night to Incarnate Word, rebounded in a big way against the Tigers to improve to 4-1-2 on the season.

"It was important for our psyche," Elder said. "But now we'll have to go on the road into the RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). The next one will be a very important game for us."

The Mustangs take on Adams State Sunday afternoon in Alamosa, Colo. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

But MSU took care of business in a dominant fashion Sunday against Ouachita Baptist as the Mustangs took 34 shots placing 14 on frame while limiting the Tigers to just three shots with one on goal.

Midwestern got on the board in the 11th minute when senior David Freeland worked the ball to the touch line down the left before rolling a crossing pass to Bryan Santiago, who converted his first goal of the season.

The Mustangs struck one more time in the opening half when redshirt freshman Kwame Adu-wusu broke free on a through ball in the 40th minute. OBU goalkeeper David Henley made a sliding save on the ball in the upper portion of the box, but the ball bounded to an open VcMor Eligwe, who found the open net for his second goal of the campaign.

Then Eligwe added his third goal of the season to open up scoring in the second half when he emerged from a scrum in the box to net a short cross from Aaron Douthit in the 67th minute.

A minute later, Santiago threaded a through ball to Freeland, who chipped the OBU keeper from 20 yards out to put the Mustangs up 4-0 in the 68th minute.

Douthit tagged on his second goal of the season in the 72nd minute and Taylor Brown notched his first collegiate tally in the 83rd minute to close out the scoring.

Ouachita Baptist dipped to 4-5 on the season.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Mustangs suffer tough loss to Eastern New Mexico, 1-0

Eastern New Mexico cashed on an opportunistic bounce to come away with a 1-0 win over Midwestern State Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

ENMU senior midfielder Danielle Thurman was in the right place at the right time in the 9th minute. Angela Sandoval had worked the ball to the touchline on the right wing and served a crossing pass in front of the goal that MSU senior goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth attempted to punch out of danger.

But the ball deflected off of our hands directly Thurman who found the wide open net for the lone score of the game.

Midwestern dominated the run of play at least doubling up the Zias in every statistical category including an 18-9 edge in shots and a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks while committing 15 fouls to seven for ENMU.

But the Mustangs generated just four shots on goal and all were saved by ENMU freshman goalkeeper Xan Ortiz, who notched her third shutout of the season.

Midwestern concludes its three-game home stand Wednesday against Abilene Christian at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.