MSU Soccer Wins Exhibition Over Texas Western

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The end product displayed dominance for Midwestern State Friday night as the Mustangs steamrolled to take an 8-2 result over Western Texas College in preseason play at the MSU Soccer Field.

Still, MSU coach Doug Elder was more focused on the visitor side of the scoreboard following the final horn.

"We're going to give up four to five shots on goal a game against good teams. We can't keep giving them opportunities to bury us," he said. "We need to make teams beat us fair and square instead of beating ourselves."

The Westerners took advantage of miscues on the edges of the defense to net goals in the 23rd and 35th minutes to claw to within a goal at intermission.

But the Mustangs more than ready to take the challenge on the offensive front after they were limited to a single tally in a 2-1 exhibition loss to Wayland Baptist earlier in the week.

MSU drew first blood when junior Ben Clarvis tapped in an assist from Albert Rodriguez in the 20th minute, then the Mustangs added tallies by senior striker Len Smith in the 25th minute and another by senior midfielder Andrew Power off of a Chase Robertson throw-in in the 33rd minute.

The Midwestern State erupted for five scores in the second half while outshooting the Westerners 27-4 overall with a 14-0 edge in corner kicks.

"In the second half, we had much better offensive production. We went at them with much more intensity, pressured the ball a little bit better and we pinned them in their half more," Elder said. "And they ran out of steam because they didn't have the depth that we had."

Robertson, a returning All-America at outside back, enjoyed a banner night with a goal and three assists.

His drilled a shot from 25 yards out to give the Mustangs a 4-2 lead in the 50th minute then assisted on consecutive goals by sophomore midfielder Paul Sunderland in the 53rd minute before Power found the net for the second time in the 55th minute.

Freshman Hindowa Momoh delivered the highlight goal of the game with a one-timer off of a deflection from 15 yards out in front of the goal to extend the lead to 7-2 before junior transfer Taylor Christian made the final change on the score line in the 87th minute.

"We're happy with the result but we still have a lot of work to do," Elder said.

Midwestern State opens regular season play Friday, Sept. 5 in Durango, Colo. against home side Fort Lewis. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.