The savvy of senior defender Fernando Garza might have been just the difference Midwestern State needed against rival West Texas A&M Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
Garza forced a clock stoppage with under 10 seconds remaining the first overtime period allowing teammate Idi Camara time to drive in the lone goal of the game as the Mustangs came away with a hard fought 1-0 result.
"WT played hard and with a lot of passion," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "I thought we created more chances and played a better second half."
It was Midwestern's first win in its last seven overtime efforts with its last positive overtime result coming in its first overtime match of the season in a 1-0 win over Newman on Sep. 7.
"It's like a monkey off of our backs," Elder said. "We had nine overtimes and only one win. It makes you think you can't do it. I'm proud of the guys for overcoming that."
The win allowed the Mustangs to improve to 9-2-5 on the season and cling to slim postseason chances as MSU closes its regular season by playing host to Eastern New Mexico Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is Senior Day is set for 1 p.m.
The Mustangs and Buffs appeared destined for a second overtime period, but WT's Wayne Bruton fouled Bryan Santiago with just seconds remaining on the clock in the first overtime period.
Garza alertly went for a quick restart forcing the center official to stop the clock.
Camara lined up the shot and tucked the ball inside the far post for his first collegiate goal.
"It feels great to finally get one," Camara said. "I've been so close and I knew I had to get one and we needed this to keep our playoff run going."
West Texas A&M closes the regular season at 11-4-2.
West Texas A&M senior forward Leslie Briggs tallied two goals and assisted on another to lead the Lady Buffs to a 3-1 win over Midwestern State in the Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament semifinals Friday night at The Pitch in Canyon.
The loss ends the Mustangs' run of two consecutive conference tournament appearances as West Texas A&M (12-6-1) moves on to face Incarnate Word in Sunday's final. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Briggs, who was named LSC Offensive Player of the Year earlier this week, converted her first goal of the game off of a combination of passes from Berklee Watson and Emily Krenek in the 20th minute to give the Lady Buffs an early 1-0 lead.
Briggs hammered in her second goal from the top of the box in the 25th minute to stake West Texas A&M to a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead.
But Midwestern countered with senior defender Berklee Dressler first career goal just 34 seconds later. The Amarillo native drilled a shot into the upper part of the net from 25 yards out to pull the Mustangs back within striking distance.
West Texas A&M tallied the lone goal of the second half to put the game out of reach in the 62nd minute. Senior midfielder Lindsay McHorse redirected a Briggs cross from the left wing for her third goal of the season.
Midwestern State closes the season with a 7-10-3 mark.