#22 Mustangs Fall to #19 Colorado Mines

Men's Soccer

Colorado Mines senior Tesho Akindele converted a penalty kick in the 54th minute lifted the 19th-ranked Orediggers to a 1-0 win over No. 22 Midwestern State Sunday afternoon at Lewis-Chen Family Field.

"It was disappointing. It was crazy," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "It's all about the result, but we played really well and had some good possession."

In an evenly matched game, the teams put up a matching 10 shots placing two on frame with the difference coming in the 54th minute.

"(Junior defender Sam) Bartek was running them down and he got pushed just as he tackled," Elder said. "He hit (the CSM attacker) just as the guy touched the ball. It was really close to the top of the box."

Akindele struck the penalty kick for his third goal of the weekend to allow the Orediggers to escape with the victory while sending MSU to its first 0-2 start since the 1986 squad dropped matches to Chapman and Truman at the Far West Classic in San Diego. That team recovered to advance to the NAIA National Tournament.

"It was just one of those days," Elder said. "We're struggling and trying to get better everyday. We can't live on the past and people's expectations. We'll just keep working."

The Mustangs dominated the run of play in the second half controlling a 6-3 edge according to the official stat sheet.

"The whole second half was our game and just couldn't score a goal," Elder said. "We missed our opportunities and didn't finish our chances. We are just not capitalizing. We've gone two games and just have a goal from a midfielder. That just can't happen."

Midwestern State hits the road for a pair of games in Colorado next weekend. The Mustangs battle Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday before facing Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday.

Women's Soccer

Midwestern State faced its first bit of adversity Sunday afternoon falling to Fort Lewis (Colo.) 2-0 at Walker Field on the Colorado Mesa campus.

The Skyhawks jumped out to a quick lead in the game's third minute, but MSU coach Jeff Trimble liked the way the team responded as MSU evened its mark to 1-1 on the young season.

"The first goal hurt and we struggled a little bit," he said. "I was proud of the girls because it didn't seem to affect them. We were able establish some possession to gain momentum in the opening half."

The Mustangs seemed to be on the brink of breaking through in the second half as sophomore forward Ashley Cottrell was a touch away from converting a breakaway opportunity in the opening minute of the second half.

Then in the 70th minute, sophomore Morgan Hannon broke free at the top of the box and launched a quality shot that glanced off of the outstretched hand of FLC goalkeeper Caitlyn Espinoza before spinning off of the cross bar.

"We played very well in the midfield and built up a pretty good attack, but the final pass seemed to break down in the offensive third," Trimble said. "We just didn't make the right decision in our offensive third. We're still trying to get used to playing together, but we displayed good skill. We just need to get better with our attack."

The Skyhawks tacked on the put away goal in the 84th minute as Emma Cannis notched her first goal of the season off of a cross served by Jordan Hix, who also assisted on Therese Romero's tally in the opening minutes of the match.

"We were pushed up trying to go forward," Trimble said. "They countered, crossed it in from the left wing and (Cannis) flicked it into the net."

The goal soiled a great effort by MSU keeper Kallie Essary, who made a career-high six saves including three in a clutch one-on-one situations.

Midwestern battles Abilene Christian in its home opener Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.