MSU Soccer Gets Sweep of Rogers State

Midwestern State women win third straight, roll past Hillcats 3-1

Midwestern State dominated the run of play rolling past Rogers State 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

The win was the third straight for the Mustangs who improved to 4-2 on the season. Midwestern opens Lone Star Conference play Thursday night at home against Angelo State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Sophomore Kensli Pounds ignited the MSU effort in the first half taking a through ball down the right wing in 17th minute. She hammered a shot off of Rogers State goalkeeper Jordan Harris, recovered the rebound and tapped in the rebound for her second goal of the season.

Midwestern continued to control the run of play controlling a 12-5 shot edge, but was unable to expand the advantage.

The Mustangs continued with the pressure in the second half extended to a two-goal advantage when sophomore forward Ashley Cottrell served a short cross to freshman midfielder Lizzie Navarette, who knocked in her first collegiate goal to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.

Rogers State rallied for a bounding goal by Tara Garrett in the 80th minute off of a turnover in the MSU defensive third to pull within a goal.

Midwestern countered by reinserting the majority of its starters which resulted in a put away tally in the 88th minute after sophomore midfielder Morgan Hannon was pulled down in the box.

Hannon served the penalty kick to the right corner of the net to salt away the victory.

MSU finished the contest with a 27-6 advantage in shots while placing 12 on goal.

Rogers State fell to 0-5 on the season.

Men: Smith nets two to lead Mustangs past Rogers State, 2-0

Junior forward Len Smith tallied two goals to lead Midwestern State to a 2-0 win over Rogers State Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

"We bounced back better mentally than I thought we were going to," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We've talked about attitude, toughness and tradition while playing on a hot Sunday afternoon. We pretty much had to win today. This was really good for us."

It was the first home victory of the season for the Mustangs, who had dropped tough decisions to Fort Lewis (Colo.) and St. Edward's.

MSU (2-3) takes on Newman (Kan.) Friday night at home. The start time is to be announced.

Smith, a first-team All-Lone Star Conference performer a season ago, erupted for his three goals of the season over the weekend after notching a team-high 10 last fall.

He was the benefactor of a pair of nice passes in the 38th minute. Senior Griff Stratford served a cross to from the right wing to an open Idi Camara who tapped a follow pass to a wide open Smith to give the Mustangs the first goal of the contest.

The Mustangs held on to a one-goal lead heading into intermission despite dominating play with a 15-5 shot advantage placing four shots on goal.

"I wish we could have finished more of our opportunities," Elder said. "Through my years, I've learned as long as you keep creating the chances that it doesn't stay like this. You are going to have breakout games."

MSU continued creating quality chances in the second half to take a two-goal lead when Smith headed a solid cross by Chase Robertson from the right wing in the 50th minute.

The Mustangs limited RSU to seven shots as sophomore goalkeeper Nick Petolick notched a shutout in his first start of the season while making a pair of saves.

"We're happy with the win," Elder said. "After going 1-3, any win is exciting right now. Hopefully we can roll from here."

Rogers State took its third straight loss to fall to 1-4.