Midwestern State got exactly what it needed in Friday night's Highway 287 Cup Challenge contest against West Texas A&M.
Plain and simple, the Mustangs needed the win and that's what it got as Callie Briseno and Destinee Williamson tallied second half goal for a 2-1 result of the rival Lady Buffs.
True, it was a lift for Midwestern in the series because it drew the Mustangs to within 5-2 with its other victory coming from the men's soccer team.
"It's a fun rivalry," MSU coach Damian Clarke agreed. "Both teams were excellent, but we were just a little better in the final third tonight."
Better meant improving on MSU's postseason chances as the Mustangs pulled ahead of Texas Woman's for the fourth and final LSC Postseason Tournament berth with a 11 points at 3-3-2.
"I don't think you would know by watching these teams tonight that these were the two on the bottom of the standings at this point," Clarke said. "There is just so much parity that you just have to say, 'hooray,' whenever you can get a win."
Junior midfielder Morgan Hannon had everything to do with the Mustangs jumping out in front in the 60th minute. The Midland native ripped a shot from the top of the box which just eluded the grasp of WT goalkeeper Nicole Kemper.
Kemper managed to parry the shot to her right, but the opportunistic Callie Briseno raced to the ball to deposit her third goal in as many matches.
Six minutes later sophomore defender Haley Britton played a ball forward which was headed on by junior striker Ashley Cottrell. True freshman Destinee Williamson ran on to the ball and ripped it into goal for her team-best eighth tally of the season in the 66th minute to give MSU a 2-0 edge.
"Destinee does a good job of staying dangerous," Clarke said. "Callie has found great moments to be up. Once again, she hunted a big goal for us and I am so proud of her."
West Texas A&M just wouldn't go away as the Lady Buffs controlled an 11-6 shot edge in the second half and managed to pull within a goal on Jessie Thomas' fifth strike of the season in the 67th minute.
But the Mustangs used a strong defensive effort from the back line of Alexandria Edwards, Katie Huff, Dakota Baze and Britton who played the whole 90 minutes.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Courtney Burnette made four saves to improve for her eighth win of the season.
"The back four did an exceptional job tonight and this was just a great team effort," Clarke said.
Midwestern State (8-3-5) takes on Eastern New Mexico Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
West Texas A&M dropped to 6-9 and 2-5.
Junior outside hitter Hunter Porter slammed down a team-high 12 kills to help Midwestern State to a 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 Lone Star Conference win over Texas A&M-Commerce Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs snapped a five-game skid to improve to 7-17 on the season and to 3-10 in league play.
MSU continues a three-game home stand by taking on Texas Woman's University Saturday afternoon under the dome. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
Midwestern used a strong defensive effort to take control of each set forcing the Lions into 26 attack errors and a .078 team attack percentage.
Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Garfield recorded four total blocks, while senior Kat Molloy and freshman Addison Semer chipped in three total blocks each.
Sophomore defensive specialist Madelyn Johnson paced back row efforts with 18 digs, while sophomore setter Sarah Rosinke notched a double-double with 29 set assists and 10 digs.
Molloy polished off an outstanding night on the attack with nine kills without error in 15 attacks for a sterling .600 attack percentage, while Garfield and freshman Meghan Bettis had five kills each.
Neka Nelson paced A&M-Commerce with 12kills while senior Amy Devault put down her 1,000th career kill on her way to a 10-kill performance.
The Lions fell to 4-20 overall and to 2-10 in LSC play.
Midwestern State senior forward Andrea Carter garnered preseason honorable mention All-America status by the Women's Division II Bulletin.
The 5-9 forward from Angleton headlines a group of eight returning letter winners as a two-time All-Lone Star Conference first-team selection.
Carter helped the Mustangs to a second-straight NCAA Division II South Central Region appearance in 2013-14 averaging 16.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game to garner Daktronics All-South Central Region second-team mention.
She earned Daktronics honorable mention All-America status as a sophomore averaging 13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in 2012-13 as she also earned Daktronics All-South Central Region first-team acclaim. Carter also earned LSC Defensive Player of the Year honors after setting a school record 360 rebounds.
Carter heads into the 2014-15 season fifth on MSU's all-time rebounding chart with 759 and is 13th in career scoring with 1,084 points.
Newman's Alexander Ciabattoni and West Texas A&M's Chontiquah White were Women's Division II Bulletin Super 16 selections, while Colorado Christian's Christina Whitelaw, Southern Nazarene's Aminata Fall and Colorado-Colorado Springs' Abby Kirchoff also gained honorable mention.
Midwestern State takes on Baylor in exhibition play on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Ferrell Center in Waco. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.