Midwestern State faced its toughest challenge of the season in Friday night's Lone Star Conference opener at the ASU Soccer Field.
And the Mustangs delivered its best result, working for a scoreless draw with No. 11-ranked Angelo State.
"Both teams had chances to win it, but it was definitely a good result to start conference play against a very, very good team," MSU coach Damian Clarke said. "The midfield and back four played very well. It was a real test against a team that ran at us all day long."
Angelo State brought the nation's second best attack having outscored the opposition by a 28-3 margin while scoring at least four goals in every other contest of the 2014 campaign.
But against Midwestern State, the Rambelles didn't place a shot on goal until the 48th minute of the game.
"We played a really good first half and went to the half feeling really good about our performance particularly in the final 15 minutes," Clarke said. "They are well disciplined and have a lot of movement up top. We defended very well and created chances."
It's not to say Angelo State didn't have chances as the 'Belles failed to convert an opportunity on a one-on-one situation midway through the second half.
Junior forward Ashley Cottrell provided the Mustangs with a similar chance in the 83rd minute, but her shot was cleared off of the line.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Courtney Burnette made three saves to polish off her fifth clean sheet of the season.
"If it wasn't for Courtney's performance, I don't know if we would have held the result," Clarke said. "We walk away from it feeling really good about our defensive effort. That's a team that is going to continue scoring goals."
The Mustangs played to their third scoreless draw of the season while extended their unbeaten streak to eight by moving to 4-0-4.
Midwestern continues on the road to face defending South Central Region champion St. Edward's Sunday in Austin. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Angelo State moved to 6-0-1.
No. 18 Midwestern State shook off a strong opening half challenge before burying Texas A&M International 3-0 to claim its sixth straight win Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"The first half was a great game as we had two teams battling it out," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "They took to us for the first 25 minutes and they kind of wore down a little bit. The momentum really shifted in the last 10 minutes."
Then the Mustangs turned the game quickly after intermission drawing first blood on Andrew Power's eighth goal of the season.
The senior midfielder from Waterford, Ireland hustled for a rebound off of the crossbar in the 50th minute to chip in yet another goal in what has been a superb start to the campaign. Power has provided goals in all but one of MSU's seven matches this season.
Redshirt freshman Michael Klodzinski drove in his first collegiate goal just five minutes later as the Dallas native stormed down the left wing taking a pass from the center of the field by Ben Clarvis. He beat the keeper high off of the cross bar and into the net to give the Mustangs a commanding two-goal advantage 55 minutes into the contest.
"I was really proud of the way we came out in the second half. That's what we have to do. We have to play 90 minutes," Elder said. "If we do that, we can break teams down."
Senior defender Chase Robertson struck a low free kick beyond the wall and past diving Texas A&M International goalkeeper Solomon Moctezume in the 69th minute for the Mustangs' third and final tally.
Defensively, the Mustangs clamped down on a very quick TAMIU attack limiting the Dustdevils to nine shots with four falling on frame.
"The big thing is we got the shutout. No one shuts this team down. Our goal was to be strong on restarts. The speed of their attack was very apparent," Elder said. "Credit goes to our midfield for getting back, our back four for holding strong and our strikers worked hard."
Junior goalkeeper Nick Petolick made four saves to complete his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Midwestern State plays host to St. Edward's (Texas) Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Midwestern State delivered an all-around effort to break out of an eight-match skid with a 25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-11 win over Cameron in Lone Star Conference play Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs improved to 5-9 on the season while moving to 1-5 in league play.
Redshirt-freshman Angel Summers dominated at the net for her second straight 10-block performance notching three solo blocks go to along with seven block assists.
Freshman outside hitter Addison Semer was in on five blocks of her as the Mustangs ended the night with 12 total team blocks.
Semer also delivered on the attack as one of three MSU players with 10 kills.
The Bastrop native committed one error in 26 attacks for a .346 hitting percentage, while sophomore middle blocker Sarah Garfield contributed 10 kills with just three errors in 18 attacks for an efficient .389 kill rate.
Junior outside hitter Nicole Marzik had 10 kills and competed her eighth double-double of the season with 15 digs.
Senior libero Casey Fletcher recorded 24 digs to lead back row play while freshman outside hitter Leah Lychock had a season-high 17 digs.
Cameron's Rebecca Green put down a match-high 21 kills in 38 attempts to pace the Aggies, who fell to 5-6 and 1-5.