Midwestern State was unable to convert a dominating second effort into a
positive result Monday afternoon as the Mustangs settled for a
scoreless draw with Eastern New Mexico in Portales.
"We were disappointed after coming off a big win on Friday," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "This is a tough place to play and they were ready to play. We missed a PK and we had to put that away."
The tie snapped MSU's four-match winning streak sending the Mustangs to 5-3-1 on the season, while the Greyhounds went to 7-3-2.
Goalkeeper Nick Petolick continued his superb play by notching his fifth consecutive shutout. The sophomore out of Frisco Wakeland made five saves including four in the opening half to extend his streak of scoreless play to 476:43 since taking over primary keeper duties.
The Mustangs controlled the run of play after intermission, but couldn't cash in on a penalty kick opportunity in the 52nd minute. ENMU goalkeeper Severin Niessen's save of Paul Sunderland's penalty extended scoreless play.
"The keeper guessed right," Elder said. "We had our chances and we have to figure out how to win these tight ones."
MSU junior forward Len Smith's header off of a corner kick serve by Andrew Power was saved off the line by an Eastern New Mexico defender in the 86th minute as the Mustangs controlled a 10-2 edge in shots during the second half of play.
ENMU forward Kal Herbert challenged Petolick with a shot in the 61st minute then had another attempt glide wide to provide the 'Hounds with their lone offensive pressure in the second half.
Neither side was able to place a shot on frame in the first overtime period, while Niessen saved a shot off the head of MSU senior B.A. Catney in the 109th minute.
"I didn't feel like we played our best game, but felt we played strong defensively," Elder said. "I'm disappointed we didn't get the result. We played two tough teams and came back with a win and a tie. I'm not disappointed too much. It would been nice to get both of these."
Midwestern State hits the road to take on No. 6 Northeastern State (Okla.) Friday night at DeLoache Field in Tahlequah. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Midwestern State Mustangs posted a team score of 313 on Monday to
sit eight strokes out of the lead in second place after the opening
round of the West Texas A&M Lady Buff Stampede.
The Mustangs are just behind Colorado State-Pueblo that carded a 305. MSU is six strokes in front of third place Angelo State at 319, with host WT fourth at 322 in the 17 team tournament.
MSU is paced by junior Brenna Moore of Burkburnett who fired a 3-over 75 in the opening round to stand in fifth, just three strokes off the individual lead.
Freshmen Sierra Campbell and Hayley Dambold both shot 79 to hold in a tie for ninth place midway through the tournament.
Freshman Kellie Martin posted an 80, with freshman Madison Smith an 85 for the Mustangs.
Sophomore Kynze Mann, playing as an individual, shot an 84 in the first round.
"I am very proud of the way our young team played today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "We have a chance to do well in the second round."
"We struggled a bit on the greens today, but played well tee-to-green," said Ray. "This squad has played pretty good and they are getting ready in a hurry."
Individually, CSU-P's Hee-Leina Kim toured the par 72 Tascosa Golf Club Course in even-par 72, then has teammate Julie Sanchez, WT's Glory Jangthongsiri, Adams State's Kyra Garrison at 2-over 74, two strokes back. Moore is alone in fifth three behind the lead.
The final round of the tournament is Tuesday at the Tascosa Golf Club.
Midwestern State jumped back into the American Football Coaches' Association Division II Rankings at No. 25 Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs won for the third straight claiming a dominating 43-10 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville which received votes in last week's poll.
MSU is one of 10 teams from a stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M, No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 19 Chadron State (Neb.), No. 20 Ohio Dominican, Nos. 21 Indianapolis (Ind.) and Tarleton State (Texas) and No. 24 Grand Valley State (Mich.).
West Texas A&M and Colorado State-Pueblo received on first-place vote each as there was no change in the top 17 spots in the rankings. Valdosta State (Ga.) continues at No. 1 as the Blazers racked up 28 first-place votes, while Minnesota State-Mankato claimed the other two top votes at No. 2 and Northwest Missouri State maintained its hold on the No. 3 position.
Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Ferris State (Mich.) are receiving votes.
The Mustangs have received at least one vote in 89 of the last 90 polls dating back to the 2006 season.
Midwestern continues a three-game homestand Saturday night when it plays host to McMurry (Texas) at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State whip safety Marqui Christian was named the Lone Star
Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his superb play last
The sophomore sensation for the Mustangs, Christian tallied a season-high 15 tackles in leading Midwestern State to a 43-10 win against Texas A&M-Kingsville as Midwestern to held A&M-Kingsville to just 186 yards of total offense, half of the Javelinas average of 373.7 per outing entering the game. Of those 186 (the fewest gained by a Lone Star Conference team this season), TAMUK collected just 47 yards in the second half of the game televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet.
The 6-1 sophomore strong safety from Spring, Texas also posted half a tackle for loss and chalked up a pass break up against the Javelinas. Christian leads the LSC and is ninth nationally in tackles with 11.8 per game.
Christian's 15 tackles is ninth for a single game in MSU history, and is the most by a Midwestern player since Cody Thompson record 16 in an NCAA playoff game at Northwest Missouri State in on Nov. 25, 2006.
Christian is joined this week by West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan who was named offensive player of the week and Texas A&M-Commerce punter Cameron Frosch who earned special team player of the week honors.