MSU Men Upset #5 NSU for Elder's 200th Win

Doug Elder's 200th win as the head men's soccer coach at Midwestern State just couldn't happen with any more flair.
Andrew Power tallied an effort goal in the final five minutes of regulation then Len Smith headed in the golden goal in the first overtime as the Mustangs handed No. 5-ranked Northeastern State its first loss of the season 2-1 Friday night at DeLoache Field.
"The 200th win doesn't mean as much to me as how hard the guys played tonight," Elder said. "I was really proud of them. This was one of the more complete games we've played all season. Everyone got it done. Guys came off the bench and provided a great spark. We played hard, with passion and a desire to win today. I think Northeastern felt it."
The RiverHawks (5-1-3) put MSU in hole when Crosby Lee back heeled a shot inside the far post on a serve from Jordan Schmoker in the 52nd minute.  It was first goal allowed by sophomore keeper Nick Petolick, who has keyed the Mustangs' current six-game unbeaten streak by stringing together five consecutive shutouts.
Things didn't seem to be going Midwestern's way despite the determined effort working late into the second half.
Senior midfielder B.A. Catney hit the post in the 60th minute, while Power banged another shot off of the crossbar efforting for the elusive equalizing goal.
"We played the last 20 minutes with an attacking mid and only three in the back," Elder said. "Everyone pitched in. It was a complete team effort."
Finally, determination paid off with the clock winding down as Power found the net for the fourth time this season in the 86th minute from an unlikely position -- his backside.
"Someone took it down the line and they had a lot of people playing behind the ball," Elder said. "He kind of turned and kicked it while he was on the ground. It was a great effort.   Andrew played his best game of the year."
The Mustangs dominated the run of play in the second half by controlling a 16-8 edge in shots forcing NSU goalkeeper Eric Shepherd to make seven stops.
Then in overtime, sophomore Ben Clarvis worked his way down the left wing serving a cross to Smith, who headed in his sixth goal of the season for the game winner.
"This is a hard place to play," Elder said. "We're excited to be able to come from a goal down and get the win. We hit the pole, the crossbar and had some really good chances. I feel we really deserved what we got."
It doesn't get any easier for the Mustangs (6-3-1) as they take on 23rd-ranked West Texas A&M Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

MSU Women Battle ENMU to 1-1 Draw

Midwestern State senior Emily Saville notched her first goal of the campaign to help the Mustangs to a 1-1 draw with Eastern New Mexico Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
The tie snapped a three-match winning streak for the Mustangs, who moved to 7-3-1 and to 2-1-1 in Lone Star Conference just two points off the pace of Angelo State. The Rambelles improved to 3-1 with a 2-1 win over West Texas A&M Friday night in San Angelo.
"It wasn't the result we wanted tonight, but we played extremely well," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "We had some lapses and Eastern New Mexico is a good team. They took advantage of their opportunities and they had a couple of more."
The Mustangs drew first blood in the 51st minute as Ashley Cottrell gained possession of the ball in the offensive third before tangling with an ENMU defender with both going to the ground.
Senior midfielder Tatyanny Griffiths ran on to the ball and slipped a pass to Saville, who beat Eastern New Mexico keeper Alyxandra Ortiz with a hard shot to the upper third of the net.
"Emily has stepped up and she's been playing good soccer, but has been rushing her shot a little bit," Trimble said. "She has a real good shot and is really composed. Emily relaxed herself and got a good shot off."
The Zias (4-4-3, 1-1-2) struck for the equalizer on a misclear in the 79th minute as Maurisa Jones tapped in a loose ball in the center of the box to knot the match at 1-1.
The Mustangs received a lift from sophomore Kensli Pounds as the speedy outside midfielder made a return from a leg injury.
"She kept telling me she was fine so we used in overtime," Trimble said. "I didn't think we were going to be able to count her but she told me in warm-ups that she felt good and she was ready to go."
Pounds created some outstanding opportunities for the Mustangs as her sever from 25 yards out caromed off of the far post barely eluding a pair of MSU players crashing the goal in the 83rd minute.
Pounds worked free for a pair of shots in the second overtime, but Saville provided the best scoring chance in extra time when her header off of a corner kick by Carina Dunnahoo six minutes into the first overtime period.
"When both teams were able to collect the ball, possess it and get their attack going, they were extremely dangerous," Trimble said. "That made for a really exciting game."
Midwestern State controlled a 25-8 edge in shots while placing 12 on frame.
The Mustangs take on West Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.