Senior forward Len Smith scored two goal to carry 20th-ranked Midwestern State to its fourth straight win taking a 2-0 result over Newman (Kan.) Friday night at Wilkins Field.
"We played really well tonight," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We're coming together a little better as a team, playing for each other and finish off the entire 90. The results are showing that, but you're only as good as the last game."
The Mustangs return home to face St. Mary's (Texas) at the MSU Soccer Field on Sunday. Kickoff is set for noon.
Smith delivered his third multiple-goal game for MSU and first since striking for two tallies in a 2-0 win over Rogers State (Okla.) on Sept. 22, 2013.
Nearly a year to the date later, the Baton Rouge native was again up to the task.
Smith went to his knees to head in a skipping cross struck by junior midfielder Ben Clarvis in the 24th minute, then smacked his second goal off of the post in the 39th minute off of an assist from sophomore Kyle Baccus.
"Their coach said they were a little nervous coming in playing a nationally ranked opponent," Elder said. "But they really came out fired up in the second half and made a game of it."
Midwestern controlled possession throughout much of the contest producing a 13-3 edge in shots.
"I was proud of the way our defense played tonight in being able to finish off the shutout," Elder said. "(Senior defender) Kalen Ryden really stood out, but it was a really good team effort."
Junior goalkeeper Nick Petolick made one save to polish off his third consecutive shutout.
Newman dropped its first decision of the season to fall to 4-1-1.
Midwestern State faced a bit of adversity by giving up its first goal in over two weeks Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
Then the Mustangs flashed their speed from the outside to post a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Lubbock Christian to roll to a third straight win.
"We showed some character and some maturity tonight," MSU coach Damian Clarke said. "They were able to give us some problems in the central midfield, but we were able to gain an advantage on the flanks."
Freshman speedster Destinee Williamson found open space at will producing 11 shots of her own constantly testing her foot speed and putting a high amount of pressure on the LCU's outside backs.
"She was the most dangerous player on the field tonight," Clarke said. "She was tireless and the key was she was able to go at them for 80 minutes tonight."
The freshman striker from Bedford finally powered her way into the box to give the Mustangs the equalizer in the 50th minute as she beat a defender down the right wing tapped the ball past the goalkeeper and won the race to finish the goal with the ball spinning near the end line.
It seemed to be the deserved outcome after the Lubbock Christian took the early lead Jamie Boone flicked in her third goal of the season off of a long throw-in by Kristin Fellows in the 14th minute.
After that, the Mustangs dominated statistically controlling a 27-9 edge in shots while placing nine of their shots on frame.
Junior forward Ashley Cottrell knocked in the game winner staying with a similar run to Williamson's into the box in the 63rd minute as she challenged the keeper then ran down the loose ball to give MSU its first edge of the night.
"It was nice to see Cottrell show up and score the game winner," Clarke said. "It's just what the team needed. She needed it, too, to show the type of goal scorer she is."
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Courtney Burnette let in her first goal in 425 minutes to break up a string of four consecutive shutouts then made two saves to secure her third win of the season.
The Mustangs extended their home field unbeaten streak to 11 matches, while improving to 3-0-3 on the season. MSU's current six-match unbeaten streak is the second longest from the start of the season in school history.
Midwestern takes on Southern Nazarene Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State's Hunter Porter and Nicole Marzik delivered efficient hitting nights, but it wasn't enough for the Mustangs to snap out of a skid Friday night as Texas Woman's came away with a 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 win at Kitty Magee Arena.
MSU dropped their fifth straight match to fall to 4-6 overall and to 0-3 in Lone Star Conference play, while the Pioneers won their third straight to improve to 6-4 and 2-1.
The Mustangs take on Texas A&M-Commerce on the road Saturday night at 7 p.m. before returning on to face Texas-Permian Basin Sunday at 3 p.m.
Porter, a junior from Red Oak, put down a season-high 15 kills with on six errors to lead the MSU attack while Marzik, a junior from Prosper, hit a season-high .238 finishing with 12 kills and two errors in 42 attacks.
But it wasn't enough to offset TWU's quartet in double-figure kills led by Kelci Lind's 16-kill effort while Mallory Kuechle added 14, Jaqueline Santos had 12 and Elizabeth Pennington notched 10 as the Pioneers blitzed the ball at a .269 clip as a team.
MSU sophomore middle blocker Sarah Garfield led the Mustangs at the net finishing with nine kills and six total blocks, while Porter got hands on four blocks of her own.
Senior libero Casey Fletcher led back row efforts with 23 digs, while Marzik finished off her sixth double-double of the season with a campaign-best 21 digs.
Sophomore setter Sarah Rosinke finished with 44 assists while putting down five kills to go along with six digs.
The Midwestern State women had all but two positions advance to semifinal action in their flights on the first day of the MSU Invitational at the Weeks Park Tennis Center on Friday.
The Mustangs advanced two to the same semifinal in the top Maroon Flight, led by Kayla Casey. Casey defeated Natalie Gennissen of Dallas Baptist 6-2, 6-0 in the first round before dispatching Texas A&M-Kingsville's Mariaxi Herrera 6-2, 7-5 to move in to the semis.
She's joined by Courtney Anderson who beat Gosen of North Central Texas 6-3, 6-3 and Paula Gutierrez of Cameron 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.
MSU's Taylor Coffman dropped a close one to Tyler JC's Elizabeth Bagerbaseh 6-2, 1-6, 10-4 in the quarterfinals after drawing a bye.
Casey and Anderson meet at 8 a.m. in the semis with the winner to face the winner of the TJC showdown between Bagerbaseh and Joanna Savva at 11 a.m. in the final.
In the Gold Flight, Lauren Pineda drew a bye then advanced with a quarterfinal win against TJC's Paige Murdock 6-2, 6-1.
Paige Boykin opened with a win over Marija Dimitrovska of A&M-Kingsville 6-3, 6-1 before downing TJC's Adriana Garrett 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
In the Gold semis, Boykin faces Texas-Permian Basin's Lisa Roslanova on one side of the bracket at 8 a.m., while Pineda meets Cameron's Samantha Wood on the other side.
In the Mustang Flight, three MSU newcomers are in the four semifinal slots.
Carrie Casey beat North Central Texas' Lopez in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-0 and will draw TJC's Katie Delgado in the semifinal at 9 a.m.
On the other side of the bracket, Mustangs Lindsay Nochowicz and Alexis Arrieta will face each other. The flight championship is at 1 p.m.
Arrieta beat DBU's Bianca Tijerina 6-4, 6-0, and then upset top-seed Eugenia Sanchez of Cameron 6-2, 6-1. Nochowicz downed DBU's Courtney McWilliams 6-1, 6-1, then handed NCTC's Rike a 6-0, 6-1 defeat to advance.
The MSU women were not represented in the Texas Flight.
In doubles play the Mustangs duo of Coffman/K. Casey easily beat NCTC's Gosen/Leiu 8-1 in the quarters of the Maroon Flight. They face TJC's Bagerbaseh/Garrett at 3 p.m. in the semis. The final is at 4:30 p.m.
The Mustangs pair of Anderson/Pineda beat Dimitrovska/Herrera of TAMUK 8-1, but dropped an 8-6 decision to TJC's Savva/Murdock in the quarters.
In the doubles Gold Flight, Arrieta/Nochowicz downed NCTC's Hillestad/Birge 8-1, the clipped Cameron's Veljic/Kovinic 8-2.
Boykin/C. Casey drew the opening round bye, then beat DBU's McWilliams/Tijerina 8-3 to move to the semifinals.
Arrieta/Nochowicz face NCTC's Foster/Lopez at 3 p.m., while Boykin/C. Casey face UTPB's Greene/Holdampf. The final is at 5 p.m.
Midwestern State senior Kacper Boborykin advanced to semifinal play, as did three of the Mustangs doubles team after the first day of the MSU Invitational at the MSU Tennis Center.
Boborykin was the lone MSU man to move into the semis, as he reached the top Maroon Flight's final four with a pair of wins on Friday. He downed Leighton Forshee of Dallas Baptist 6-0, 6-1 and then SMU's Markus Kerner 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.
Boborykin faces Tyler Junior College's Matthew Rossouw at 8 a.m. in the semis, with the winner to take on the winner of SMU's Arturs Kazijevs and TJC's Vaughn Hunter. The final match is at 11 a.m.
MSU's Kyle Davidson fell to Kazijevs 6-2, 6-1 in quarterfinal action after beating Dennis Merdan 6-0, 6-3 in opening round play.
Keegan Sullivan beat Cameron's Felipe Oyarzun 7-6, 6-4 in the first round, but fell to Russow 6-2, 6-2 in the quarters.
In the Gold Flight, both Midwestern entries fell in quarterfinal action.
Chris Norrie beat Artavazd Knyazyan 6-1, 4-6, 10-5 to open, but dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to SMU's Alec Josepher.
Matt Tyer downed TJC's Jonah Candelario 7-6, 6-3, but Tyer lost to Cameron's Angelo Lencioni 6-4, 5-3 retired.
MSU's Tanner Pearson and Luca Lalor made it to the semifinals in the Mustang Flight.
Pearson downed Cameron's Andres Velasco 6-3, 6-0 after opening with a 6-2, 6-0 win over TJC's Kyle Logue.
Lalor stared with a win over Texas-Permian Basin's Martinez 6-0, 6-3, then outlasted Cameron's Dean Weigelt 3-6, 6-1, 10-4.
MSU's Eric Kwiatowski won a first round match over DBU's Jake Johnson 6-2, 6-1, but lost to Cameron's Joao Fazendeiro 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
In the doubles Maroon Flight, Boborykin/Davidson moved into the semis with an 8-4 win over Cameron's Baciu/Fazendiero after having a bye. They face TJC's Rossouw/Hunter at 2:30 p.m., with the final at 4 p.m.
On the other side of the bracket, MSU's Toyos/Sullivan pair fell to Cameron's Oyarzun/Merdan 8-6 in the quarters.
In the Gold Flight of doubles, the Mustangs Pearson/Lalor beat UTPB's Douglis/Delgado 9-7, then upset the top seed of Childs/B. Forshee of DBU 9-7. The pair of Norri/Kwiatkowski ripped UTPB's Jones/Millet 8-1 to advance.