Midwestern State flipped the script on Central Oklahoma following a productive halftime session Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"There was a lot of talk from the upperclassmen at halftime," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "They were very focused on being positive and really trying to attack the goal."
What resulted was a two-goal explosion by starting striker Ashley Cottrell in a 10-minute span early in the second half keying a 3-1 come-from-behind win to the Mustangs, who improve to 5-3 on the season.
"It was getting to the point of a lot of frustration," Trimble said. "We generated good opportunities in the last game and we really didn't get a good result. Then tonight in the first, we did the same thing and didn't get a good result."
The Mustangs were coming off of a 1-0 LSC opening loss to Angelo State last Thursday after tallying nine goals over a three-game winning streak. MSU has now notched 12 goals over a five-game stretch.
"We're capable of doing that. We've just got to concentrate on creating good opportunities and things will happen," Trimble said. "We can't count on three goals (all the time), but we can certainly count on working hard."
Central Oklahoma controlled much of the run of play in the opening half holding a 10-5 shot edge before finally breaking through with a goal by Emily Hahn in the 37th minute of the contest.
But the Mustangs appeared to sort it all out at the break coming at the Bronchos for the equalizer in the 50th minute.
"(Sophomore) Kensli (Pounds) dribbled it down and the last defender went towards her, so I went around and called for it. She played me in and I shot the ball," Cottrell said. "I think it really boosted our confidence to get that first goal to tie it up. It made everyone push harder to get that second goal. We all worked together really well."
MSU took the lead after Cottrell was pulled down from the behind in the box by UCO's Chandler Murphy in the 59th minute. She regained composure to calmly knock in her team-high fifth goal of the season.
The Mustangs continued to dominate the run of play throughout the second half finally putting the match away when sophomore midfielder Morgan Hannon finished a nice feed on through ball from Callie Briseno in the 89th minute for her second goal of the season.
The MSU back line limited the Bronchos to just a pair of shots on goal despite playing without senior leader Anna Molen due to injury as freshman Haley Britton moved in alongside fellow frosh Katie Huff at the center back positions.
"They are both somewhat quiet girls," Trimble said. "I think they grew up and learned they can help dictate what's going to happen in there. They played smart, good soccer tonight."
Midwestern State plays its first two league road matches this weekend taking on Texas Woman's Friday night at 8 p.m. in Denton before squaring off with No. 24 Texas A&M-Commerce Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Midwestern State Mustangs got a blistering 4-under-par 68 from senior Jeremy LeGuen to lead the Mustangs to the best team round of the day and a fourth place finish at the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate at The Golf Club at Estella.
LeGuen's 68 led the Mustangs to a 5-under 283 team score, one that didn't include an over-par card. Midwestern finished 17 strokes behind winner Oklahoma Christian at 851, host Western New Mexico next with 856 and Colorado Christian at 862. The Mustangs placed ahead of the fifth place tie between Colorado State-Pueblo and Cameron at 872.
LeGuen had a magical round on the par 72, 7,139-yard Estrella course. He started on the back side, but double-bogied No. 2 coming back around to drop him from -6 to -4. It caused the senior to jump into a seventh place tie at 2-under-214 for the tournament.
Junior Derek Oland, who entered the final round in second individually, suffered a 4-over 76 in the final round to finish in the seventh place tie at 2-under-214.
The middle and bottom of the MSU lineup came through in the final round in Arizona, as Jared Baker, Julio Gonzales-Galvan and Brandon Banks all fired even-par 72 in the last go-around to lower the team score.
Baker tied for 25th with his 3-over 219, while Gonzales-Galvan finished at 225 and Banks at 232.
Individually, Oklahoma Christian's Sam Johnson won a playoff against Colorado Mesa's Colin Prater for medalist honors. Both men carded 7-under 209 for the tournament, with Johnson joining LeGuen with the 4-under 68 on the day. Colorado Christian's Andrew Kennedy and Oklahoma Christian's Alasdair Dalgliesh tied for third a stroke behind at 6-under 210.
The Mustangs will be in action again on Oct. 14-15 in Duncan, Okla., in the Territory Classic at The Territory Golf Club.
Midwestern State remained at No. 5 in the latest South Central Region Rankings released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs claimed a 9th-place showing while running in the top division at the 77th Annual Oklahoma State Jamboree finishing behind a slew regionally ranked Division I squads including Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Northern Arizona, Furman, Texas Tech, Texas-Arlington and Stephen F. Austin.
The Mustangs stacked their fifth five runners within 38 seconds of each other and notched a gap time of 61 seconds between Nos. 1 and 7 on the soggy, tough course in Stillwater.
Senior Ashley Flores led the way with a solid time of 19:16.98 to take 39th followed by Gabby Ruiz (19:22.25/41st), Michelle Krezonoski (19:32.00/48th), Danielle Chavarria (19:49.73/59th), Janel Campbell (19:54.74/62nd), Emma Ramirez (20:02.73/66th) and Kim Krezonoski (20:17.01/71st).
In fact, there were no changes in the South Central Region as Adams State (Colo.) continues at No. 1 followed by Western State (Colo.), Metro State (Colo.), Colorado-Colorado Springs, MSU, Dallas Baptist, Eastern New Mexico, West Texas A&M, Colorado Mines and Chadron State (Neb.).
Midwestern also announced a schedule change as the Mustangs will no longer compete Thursday night at the Texas Wesleyan Invitational. Instead, MSU heads to Levelland Saturday to run in the 5K South Plains College XC Festival which begins at 11 a.m.