MSU Roundup: Men's Soccer Extends Unbeaten Streak to 12 Straight!

MEN'S SOCCER: Mustangs Bury Houston-Victoria 3-0

No. 7 Midwestern State extended its unbeaten streak to 12 matches closing the regular season with a 3-0 win over Houston-Victoria Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.

The Mustangs (11-3-2) sit idle until learning their postseason fate a week from Monday on the Division II Men's Soccer Selection set for Monday, Nov. 11 via a Web stream on

MSU posted a 9-0-2 mark over its last 11 matches since starting the season with a 1-3 mark. Despite settling for a scoreless draw with Eastern New Mexico Friday, results have fallen the Mustangs' way.

Colorado Mines, who came into the week as the region's top-ranked side dropped a 5-4 decision to Fort Lewis Friday night, while No. 3 St. Edward's (Texas) fell to Lubbock Christian 1-0 earlier in the week then drew with Texas A&M International 1-1 on Saturday.

The NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee releases its final regular season rankings on Wednesday.

The Mustangs wasted little time jumping on NAIA Houston-Victoria as senior VcMor Eligwe broke through to blast a shot off of UH-V keeper Henrik Hundesrugge which landed at the feet of senior midfielder B.A. Catney, who ripped it into the net for his third goal of the season.

Houston-Victoria rode the attack of Christian Turman who took five of Cougars six total shots on the afternoon placing only one frame.

And MSU sophomore Nick Petolick gobbled up the lone save to notch his eighth clean sheet in 11 starts to lower his NCAA Division II leading goals against average to 0.26.

The Mustangs tacked on two goals after intermission with the first coming on a combination off of a throw in the 74th minute.

Chase Robertson delivered the ball deep into the box and sophomore forward Idi Camara center it to open junior forward Len Smith, who buried his team best eighth goal of the season.

Junior defender Kalen Ryden converted a penalty kick resulting from a hand ball in the box for his first goal of the season in the 80th minute of play.

Houston-Victoria, coached by former Midwestern GA Adrian Rigby, fell to 9-5-2.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Mustangs Close Strong, Beat SWOSU 2-0

Midwestern State proved a point in Sunday afternoon's 2-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State at the MSU Soccer Field.

It was surely a quality win as the Bulldogs came in as the back-to-back Great American Conference champions, but the Mustangs were more concerned with closing a good opponent out after surrendering two late goals in a 3-2 win over Angelo State on Friday.

"We made an emphasis of (closing the match)," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "The point I made to the girls was before we go back to Angelo and play in that atmosphere for our Lone Star Conference championship tournament, I felt like it was a gift to have this game. To be put in situations like that whether it's a corner kick late in the game like it was before."

Midwestern State came through the challenge with great resolve, so now the Mustangs head back to San Angelo to take on Texas A&M-Commerce in the LSC Postseason Tournament's semifinal round Friday at the ASU Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for noon.

With a win, the Mustangs move on to the finals against the Angelo State/West Texas A&M winner Sunday at 1 p.m.

Southwestern Oklahoma State controlled the run of play in the opening half with a 9-2 shot edge, yet the Bulldogs were down on the scoreboard.

MSU dynamic sophomore midfielder Morgan Hannon found space in the SWOSU defensive third and ripped a shot against a stiff South wind that floated over the head of Bulldogs' goalkeeper Courtney Flores resulting in Hannon's third goal of the season.

"Morgan is our engine. She gets us going," Trimble said. "She wins 50-50 balls and she's very good with the ball at her feet. She's a dangerous player. She's strong. When we need it, she comes up big for us."

Hannon wasn't finished, either, but she did finish off the Bulldogs deep in the second half.

The Midland High product worked free on the left end and feathered a well placed through ball to speedy sophomore Kensli Pounds, who beat Flores to the ball and knocked it in for her third goal of the season to give the Mustangs a commanding two-goal advantage in the 69th minute.

"Kensli's getting better and better and realizing she can do that. That's something we need more of," Trimble said. "We need that dangerous speed up top. She gives us that dimension."

The goals were more than enough for senior goalkeeper Kallie Essary, who made five saves including a brilliant one-on-one stop in the second half to finish off her fourth clean sheet in the last five matches.

The shutout also ties the school single season mark of eight set by Elli O'Dwyer in 2004 and matched by Mallory Whitworth in 2010.

Essary boasts a minuscule 0.66 goals against average and an .857 save percentage after taking over as MSU's primary goalkeeper this season. She had spent the previous three playing sparingly behind Whitworth.

"She has impressed me more than any player I have coached as far as what she's done, what she's gone through and what she has accomplished this season," Trimble said. "You don't have players that do all the work off the field, wait for their turn then achieve. I'm very emotional about that because I am very happy for her."

Southwestern Oklahoma State closes the regular season with an 11-4-2 mark.