MSU: Soccer Falls to ACU; Molloy Honored by LSC

Abilene Christian collected a carom in the midfield converted it into a quick strike goal in the 15th minute to provide the difference in a 1-0 decision over Midwestern State Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field.

The Wildcats improved to 5-0-1 competing in their first season as an NCAA Division I member of the Southland Conference, while Midwestern (1-2) managed just 12 shots and were unable to sustain an attack placing no shots on frame.

"That's the thing that concerns me the most is we're having a hard time getting into an offensive rhythm," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "It's been the third game in a row now so we're going to have to make some changes. Whether we were 3-0, 1-2 or 1-3, at time we play some really good soccer but one thing we haven't done is get into a rhythm offensively."

MSU's best chance came on a free kick from 25 yards on the right wing in the 30th minute. Junior midfielder Katy Catney's serve found Ashley Cottrell who was running onto the ball toward the near post, but she was unable to connect cleanly with the ball.

The equalizing opportunity would have offset ACU's opportunistic tally as senior forward Andrea Carpenter collected a carom off of a blocked shot and threaded a through ball down the right side to Emily Sumrall, who chipped the ball over a charging Kallie Essary.

The Wildcats were on the verge of pushing the advantage to two goals in the 54th minute, but Sumrall missed an open net banging the ball off of the crossbar. The ball settled to Carpenter's feet as the former D-2 All-American hammered the ball into the far post allowing the Mustangs to remain within a goal.

MSU was unable to get into the flow to create many dangerous chances as many of its 12 shots were blocked and most were from outside of the 18-yard box.

"I hope it's youth," Trimble said. "They know to make the runs, but they unsure of when to do it. We will simplify and get it fixed. We've got good players, good coaches and good staff so we can get on the right track."

Midwestern hits the road to take on Oklahoma Christian Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Molloy Takes LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State junior Kaitlin Molloy was named a Lone Star Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her outstanding performance in helping the Mustangs off to a great start last weekend.

Molloy proved to be a triple threat as the 5-8, 6-rotation middle blocker played a key role in Midwestern State's defensive efforts as the Mustangs came away with a 4-0 mark and the team title at the MSU/Hampton Inn-vitational.

The transfer from North Idaho averaged 0.69 blocks per set at the net then showed her athleticism with 3.62 digs per set while playing on the back row. Molloy's efforts spurred a defense which limited the opposition to an LSC low .095 team hitting percentage. The aggressive server added six service aces for good measure.

Molloy joined Angelo State junior libero Shelby Wilt as the league's defensive player this week. West Texas A&M senior Laura Iwuchukwu and ASU senior Maddie Huth were selected as the offensive players, while Texas A&M-Commerce senior Jordan Neal and Texas Woman's junior Kayla Rivero were tabbed as the setters of the week.

Off to its best start since 2008, the Mustangs return to action Friday and Saturday in the Heartland/Lone Star Conference Challenge in Lubbock, hosted by Lubbock Christian.