Six different players tallied goals as Midwestern State rolled to a 6-0 win over Newman (Kan.) Friday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.
"It helped us to know that if we get forward, press and keep moving off of the ball that we are going to create some chances," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We've been creating chances all year, but we haven't been putting them in. We missed some good chances today even though we scored six."
Junior forward Len Smith ignited the Mustangs with his team leading fourth goal of the season in the 11th minute knocking in Idrissa Camara's centering pass off of a great throw-in from Chase Robertson.
Seven minutes later, Camara drilled his second goal of the campaign off of a cross from Kyle Baccus then Griff Stratford gave MSU a 3-0 lead at the intermission finishing an over the top long ball from Javan Toledo in the 39th minute.
Still, Elder made defensive corrections at the break after Newman worked for seven shots in the opening half. The Mustangs responded by limiting the Jets to two shots in the second half with one banking off of the crossbar off of the boot of Victor Rojas in the 58th minute.
"We told them at halftime we really didn't want to give up any shots in the second half," Elder said. "Of course, the one they got hit the (crossbar). We did better defensively in the second half. We were closing the ball better."
The Mustangs continued on the attack netting goals from VcMor Eligwe in the 66th minute, Dan Johns in the 74th minute and Andrew Power in the 76th minute. Overall, MSU commanded a 27-9 edge in shots placing 16 on frame.
"We finished some good opportunities," Elder said. "We had some good offensive production today. I think we just have to piece it together. They have a lot of injuries and are banged up like we are, but we are always happy with a win right now. We are back to .500 and have a tough road trip in front of us."
The Mustangs (3-3) hit the road to face Texas A&M International Sunday in Laredo. Kickoff is set for noon.
Newman dipped to 0-6-1.
Texas Woman's University proved too big at the net in sending Midwestern State to a 25-18, 27-25, 25-15 loss in Lone Star Conference play Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Pioneers (10-4, 2-0) combined for 14.5 team blocks to send MSU to its fifth consecutive loss as the Mustangs dropped to 7-6 on the season and to 0-5 in league play.
Senior Marcela Alves accounted for eight total blocks while Hillary Shaffer and Courtnee Davis had five blocks each and Chloe Tate added five.
The Mustangs struggled out of the gate committing 11 hitting miscues in the opening set including five on blocks, but then recovered for a strong second stanza.
Senior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace put down four of her team-high nine kills as the Mustangs rallied to take a set point at 25-24.
But Davis put away a kill before MSU suffered consecutive setting miscues -- on a bad set and a ball handling error -- allowing the Pioneers to take a two-set advantage as the Mustangs were whistled for seven ball handling infractions.
TWU put away the match with a strong third-set attack notching 13 kills while committing three errors.
Freshman middle blocker Sarah Garfield added five kills and led the Mustangs at the net with three total blocks, while junior libero Casey Fletcher paced back row efforts with 21 digs.
Midwestern State plays host to Texas A&M-Commerce Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
The Midwestern State tennis teams had a strong showing on Friday to open the 2013 USTA/ITA South Central Regional hosted by MSU.
The Midwestern State women advanced four of their six players into the round of 16 in singles, along with one doubles team to the quarterfinal.
The MSU men have three of their six players in the round of 16 in singles, but placed all three doubles teams into the quarters.
"It was a good start," said MSU Coach Scott Linn.
The Mustangs women advanced Kayla Casey, Taylor Coffman, Lauren Pineda and Amy Clifton in singles, with the doubles team of Coffman and KynZee Watson moving into the quarters.
For the men, third seeded Kyle Davidson, Kacper Boborykin and Ramon Toyos all are in the round of 16 in singles, with doubles teams of Davidson and Zack Santagate, Austin Crawford and Keegan Sullivan, and Toyos and Tomas Grejtak grabbing the quarterfinals.
Action in the tournament continues on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The men's singles will play at the Wichita Falls Country Club, with the women's singles at the MSU Tennis Center. Both men's and women's doubles are at the MSU Tennis Center starting at 3 p.m.. All consolation action is at Barwise Junior High.
For the MSU women, Casey opened with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Madison Carr of Arkansas-Fort Smith, followed by a 6-3, 6-3 win against Cristina Lopez of St. Mary's. Casey faces Cameron's Florencia Tornero in the round of 16 on Saturday.
Coffman started with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Dallas Baptist's Amanda Richter, then downed St. Edward's Francesca Chaher 6-4, 6-4. Coffman meets Newman's Kirstie Symon in the round of 16.
Pineda picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win in round one against Olivia Baltazar of Texas-Permian Basin, and added a 6-3, 6-4 win over St. Mary's Felicity Delgado. Pineda faces St. Edward's Rafaela Haegele in the round of 16.
Clifton, a true freshman, downed McMurry's Chloe Patterson 6-4, 6-1, then took out St. Edward's Summer Biggs 6-3, 7-5 to roll into the round of 16 against top seed Mariana Rong of St. Mary's.
MSU's Watson won her first round singles match against St. Mary's Joanie Bryant 6-4, 6-2, only to have St. Edward's Brooke Hughes win in the second round 6-1, 6-2.
The Mustangs other singles entry, Madeline Schorlemmer dropped a three-set decision to Cameron's Samantha Wood 1-6, 6-3, 4-6.
In women's doubles play, Coffman and Watson beat St. Mary's Bryant and Ariana Saldana 8-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-5 win over Tarleton State's Ivana Zecevic and Luiza Adas. Coffman/Watson hook up with St. Edward's Florence Boinon and Haegele on Saturday.
MSU's team of Pineda and Clifton won its first round match against Lauren Renner and Shayne Cook of McMurry 8-6, but lost a close 9-7 decision to Tarleton's Makenzie Mitchell and Silvia Nieva.
The Mustangs' team of Schorlemmer and Casey were tripped up in the opener to Arkansas-Fort Smith's Abby White and Amy Belanger 9-7.
In men's play, Davidson, the three seed, got a first round bye then had little trouble in beating McMurry's Felipe Cruz 6-2, 6-1. Davidson meets Metro State's Nick Baker in the round of 16.
Boborykin opened by beating Metro's Adrien Delvaux 6-1, 7-6(4). He then upset fourth seeded Max Agoglia of St. Edward's 6-4, 6-4. Boborykin faces McMurry's Dani Perez in the round of 16.
Newcomer Ramon Toyos swept his first round match against Colorado Mesa's Cody Freischlag 6-0, 6-0, then won a tough three-setter against Colorado State-Pueblo's Segio Avella 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. Toyos takes on Cameron's Felipe Oyarzun in the round of 16. Oyarzun upset top-seed James Rogers of St. Ed's 6-3, 6-3 in the second round.
MSU newcomer Chris Norrie opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Clay Sandefur of Arkansas-Fort Smith, but lost to fifth-seeded Jordan Lyden of Colorado Mesa 1-6, 4-6.
Luca Lalor beat Bryant Forshee of Dallas Baptist 6-1, 6-0, but fell to seventh seeded Spencer Weinberg of Colorado Mesa in three 0-6, 6-4, 3-6.
Only Grejtak lost in the first round, as McMurry's Casjen Rico upset the Mustang 7-6(8), 7-5.
The doubles teams all came through as well for MSU.
Fourth seeded Davidson and Santagate got a first round by, then shutout McMurry's Preston Steblein and Cristiano Mendez 8-0. Davidson/Santagate meet Cameron's Dennis Merdan and Felipe Oyarzun in the quarterfinals.
Crawford and Sullivan started with a win over Metro's Delvaux and Josh Graetz 8-6, and followed it with an 8-6 win over McMurry's Perez and Felipe Cruz. Crawford/Sullivan advances against Colorado Mesa's Blake Demond and Freischlag, who beat third seeded Rory deBoer and Angelo Lencioni of Cameron 9-7.
But the big wins came for Grejtak and Toyos, who stared with an 8-2 win against Colorado Mesa's Trevor Brown and Duncan Alger. The duo then upset second seed Dean Weigelt and Joao Fazendeiro of Cameron 9-7 to move to the quarters where they'll meet Cameron's Merdan and Oyarzun.
The tournament concludes on Sunday.