A tough first two days of training and good opponent proved to be a great opening test for No. 22-ranked Midwestern State in its exhibition opener Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
Sophomore midfielder Idrissa Camara headed in an end line service from B.A. Catney in the 33rd minute but the Mustangs were forced to a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of play against NAIA powerhouse Oklahoma Wesleyan.
"After 2 1/2 days of practice, maybe we were a bit fatigued," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "But we've got keep possession better. I was disappointed on the free kick but he hit it well."
Oklahoma Wesleyan's Ivan Ristic blasted a free kick into goal just over 20 yards out to give the Eagles the equalizer in the 61st minute but OKWU appeared to have better looks in the run of play by taking advantage of giveaways.
Ristic's opportunity came after MSU sophomore center back was whistled for a foul on Oklahoma Wesleyan's dynamic midfielder Lucas Almeida.
"We've got a lot of new personnel so meshing was an issue," Elder said. "And we need to get good looks in game play."
Oklahoma Wesleyan had the edge in most of categories posting 16 shots with nine on goal while the Mustangs managed just to 10 shots with three falling on frame.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Drake Szczepinski had four saves in 28 minutes while junior Nathan Kenyon permitted a goal with two saves in 33 minutes and sophomore transfer Nick Petolick had two saves in 29 minutes.
Midwestern plays its final exhibition game Tuesday night as part of a doubleheader against Science & Arts (Okla.). The women kickoff at 5 p.m. with the men following at approximately 7.