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.