MSU Roundup: Oland Wins Title in The Colony

Midwestern State junior Derek Oland continued to eat up course at The Tribute, firing a 6-under-par 66 in the final round to win the individual title at The Classic at The Tribute.

Oland helped lead the Mustangs to a second-place finish as a team with an even-par 288 in the last round and an 8-under 568 total.

Oland's two tours of the par-72, 6,635 yard course was a winner at 13-under 131, five strokes in front of Drew Nelson of Dominican (Calif.).

"Derek was very impressive this week, he's really been in a groove," Ray said. "He made two bogies in the final round and still shot 66. That's amazing."

Oland's 36-hole total of 131 bettered the program's previous stand of 135 by four strokes as Brady Jones carded a 135 (-5) at the UCO/Kickingbird Classic during the 2006-07 season.

He cleared the school's previous 36 holes to par mark by five strokes previously set by Mitch Molen (-8, 2009 Lone Star Conference Men's Championship), Travis Klutts (-8, 2010 Lone Star Conference Men's Championship) and Sam Smith (-8, 2011 Lion Fall Invitational).

Oland completed an outstanding fall season carding Par-or-better scores in seven of his 10 round including four rounds in the 60s.

"Derek is mentally tough. He knows how to go low on the golf course and did today," Ray said.

Senior Julio Gonzalez-Galvan finished 15th with a two-round total of 143 (-1) followed by senior Jeremy LeGuen (20th, 144), freshman Jared Baker (51st, 150) and sophomore Ian Gallagher (59th, 152) while junior Cody Rozales finished 65th with a total of 155 while competing as an individual medalist.

Cameron claimed the team title with a stout 20-under, two-round total of 556 followed by MSU, Incarnate Word (571), Texas A&M-Commerce (575) and Dallas Baptist (576) to round out the top five.

"It was a good tournament to end the fall. You have to give it to Cameron, they played very well today, but we did also. I think it should give us some momentum going into the spring."

Midwestern State opens spring play at the San Antonio Shootout at the TPC San Antonio -- AT&T Canyons Course on Feb. 17-18.

M. Soccer Stays 7th in NSCAA Poll

Midwestern State remained at No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division II rankings released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs extended their current winning streak to four matches with a 3-2 win over Texas A&M International while stretching their unbeaten string to nine to improve to 9-3-1 on the season.

Midwestern goes for its 15th consecutive 10-win season tonight at Southern Nazarene.

The Mustangs are 8-0-1 since dropping a 2-1 decision to St. Edward's in double overtime back on Sept. 20 which sent MSU to a 1-3 start.

Midwestern is one of three teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the latest NSCAA poll joining No. 12 St. Edward's (Texas) and No. 25 Metro State (Colo.).

The Mustangs have now spent 45 reporting in the Top 10 since the start of the 2006 season.

Midwestern closes the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field beginning with Eastern New Mexico Friday night at 7 p.m. before taking on Houston-Victoria Sunday at 1 p.m.

#7 Mustangs Thrash SNU 5-0, Unbeaten in 10

No. 7 Midwestern State clinched its 15th consecutive 10-win season with a 5-0 rout over Southern Nazarene Tuesday night at Wes Harmon Field.

The Mustangs also extended their current winning streak to five matches while advancing the unbeaten streak to 10 games improving to 10-3-1.

MSU jumped on the Crimson Storm early and often on its way to a commanding 33-9 edge in shots while placing 12 on target.

Senior midfielder B.A. Catney converted a penalty kick in the game's second minute to set the tone, and then senior forward VcMor Eligwe converted crosses from Ben Clarvis and Chase Robertson for goals in the 14th and 17th minutes to push the Mustangs' advantage 3-0.

It was Eligwe's fourth career multiple-goal performance as he performed the task in each of his collegiate seasons scoring two goals against Northeastern State as a freshman, at St. Edward's (Texas) as a sophomore and against Incarnate Word as a junior.

The Mustangs pushed the lead to 4-0 on sophomore forward Idrissa Camara's fourth goal of the season off of a cross from Cameron Duckworth in the 33rd minute before junior Darin Kruzich closed out scoring by following his own shot off the crossbar with a tap in the 51st minute.

Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Petolick made six saves to notch his sixth clean sheet of the season to lower his NCAA Division II leading goals against average to 0.32.

Southern Nazarene suffered its 10th consecutive loss to fall to 2-15.

Midwestern State closes the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field. The Mustangs take on Eastern New Mexico Friday night at 7 p.m. before squaring off with Houston-Victoria Sunday afternoon at 1.

Cross Country: Mustangs Slip to 8th in Region

Midwestern State slipped three spots to No. 8 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region rankings released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs finished a disappointing third to West Texas A&M and Tarleton State last weekend at the Lone Star Conference Championships in Blackwater Draw, N.M. Seniors Ashley Flores and Janel Campbell led the way garnering all-league honors with 6K times of 22:46.30 and 23:26.80, respectively.

West Texas A&M moved up a spot to No. 5 while Tarleton State jumped up to seventh. Eastern New Mexico fell three spots to No. 10 after finishing fourth.

Adams State (Colo.) maintained its hold on the top spot in the region rolling to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title with a 37-point total followed by Nos. 2-4 in the region in Western State (Colo.) (45 points), Metro State (Colo.) (105 points) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (110 points) while the region's No. 9 squad -- Colorado Mines -- took fifth with 163 points.

Dallas Baptist (Texas) moved ahead three places to No. 6 after claiming the Heartland Conference championship by a wide margin Saturday in Mansfield, Texas.

Midwestern State is set to compete in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at West Texas A&M's course on The Range in Canyon.

The top six finishing teams advance to the NCAA Division II Championships set for Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash.