MSU: Women's Soccer Drops LSC Opener, 1-0

Midwestern State didn't make many errors Tuesday night in its Lone Star Conference opener.
But Angelo State proved opportunistic as sophomore forward Sierra Anderson tapped in a loose ball 5 yards in front of the Mustangs' goal to provide the difference in 80th minute as the Rambelles took a 1-0 decision at the MSU Soccer Field.
"It was a breakdown," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "They came in on the outside and I don't think we were defending real well (at that point in the game). They got free for a cross and we just didn't handle it very well. They were at the right place at the right time."
The cross from the right wing was redirected by an MSU defender compromising keeper Kallie Essary's positioning allowing Anderson find an open net.
The play tainted another solid performance for Essary, who made six saves with many coming on shots from beyond the 18-yard box.
"I was proud of the way we played," Trimble said. "We didn't score, but all you can ask is for your girls to play hard and play good soccer. We made good decisions."
Angelo State senior goalkeeper Danielle Edwards notched her third consecutive shutout making six saves of her own as she was able to slap a glove on the Mustangs' best chance of the night in the 68th minute.
MSU sophomore forward Ashley Cottrell slammed a shot off of an ASU defender which spun right to sophomore midfielder Morgan Hannon, who settled the ball and shot toward the upper-right corner of the net.
Edwards recovered to partially punch the ball just high enough to rebound off of the crossbar.
"We created some good opportunities, but we need to follow those shots," Trimble said. "They have a good goalkeeper and are very organized. I still think we were able to create some really good chances in the second half."
The Mustangs (4-3, 0-1) close a four-match home stand Tuesday night against Central Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field.
Angelo State improved to 4-2-1 on the season and to 1-0 in league play.

MSU Tennis to Host USTA/ITA Regional Championships

Midwestern State University is hosting the 2013 USTA/ITA South Central Regional Friday through Sunday at the MSU Tennis Center and three other venues near the university.

The individual tournament is a qualifier for the USTA/ITA Small College National Championships that will be played Oct. 9-12 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Meyers, Fla.

"This is an exciting event to hold in Wichita Falls," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "It's an honor to host this prestigious and important tournament for collegiate tennis."

The draw of 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams, in both the men's and women's divisions, begin on Friday with two rounds of singles and two rounds of doubles. The women will play Friday at the MSU Tennis Center and Barwise Junior High School. The men will compete Friday at the Wichita Falls Country Club and the Hamilton Park Tennis Center. Action is set to start at 8 a.m. and continue until about 7 p.m.

All draws feature a championship and consolation bracket.

Saturday's play is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with round of 16 and quarterfinal action in singles, with quarterfinal and semifinal play slated for doubles. Main draw matches will be played at the MSU Tennis Center and Wichita Falls Country Club, while consolation draw matches are at Barwise Junior High.

Sunday features the semifinals and finals in singles, and the finals in doubles. The matches start at 9 a.m., with all play at the MSU Tennis Center.