MSU Roundup: September 5

Hutchinson leads Mustangs to convincing win over Truman State in opener

Midwestern State sophomore Hagen Hutchinson accounted for three touchdowns in his first collegiate start to lead the Mustangs to a 31-3 win over Truman State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Stamford native completed 18-of-26 passes for 183 yards including scoring strikes to Arsenio Phillips (13) and Statron Jones (20) as MSU rolled out to a 17-3 halftime lead.

Hutchinson's efforts made a quality defense effort stand as the Mustangs limited Truman State to 171 yards of total offense ceding only a 21-yard field goal with three minutes to go in the first half.

Senior safety Marqui Christian led the way with 11 tackles, while redshirt-freshman linebacker Drew Bolin added eight tackles of his own. Nine different players were in on seven tackles for loss while converted linebacker LaFrontae Conkleton had his first collegiate interception after spending his first two seasons at running back.

The Mustangs used a short field on consecutive short punts in the opening quarter.

Hutchinson hit Phillips on a 13-yard out pattern to cap a 4-play 19-yard drive for a 7-0 lead at the 10:27 mark of the first quarter, then Hutchinson connected with Jones on a 20-yard strike to finish a 4-play, 43-yard effort for a 14-0 lead 7 1/2 minutes into the contest.

The Mustangs pushed the advantage to 17-0 on a successful 31-yard field goal by Andy Alkhazshvilly at the end of the first quarter, but wouldn't find the end zone again until early in the fourth quarter.

Even then, it was Hutchinson doing the honors by polishing off a 16-play, 80-yard drive covering 6:47 by scoring on a 2-yard keeper around the right end to push the lead to 24-3 with 14:15 to play.

Reserve quarterback Quade Coward sprinted in on a 2-yard keeper of his own after Conkleton allowed the Mustangs to setup shop at the Truman 28-yard line with his first collegiate interception.

Freshman Vincent Johnson paced MSU's ground game with 49 yards on 10 carries, while Jones finished with seven receptions for 86 and a touchdown.

Midwestern State hits the road to face Colorado Mesa Saturday night at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Central Time.

Midwestern State dominated its season opening dual with Science & Arts (Okla.) Saturday morning at the Big Green Soccer Complex.

The Mustangs had 14 runners enter the finishing chute before the first Drover completed the 5K course and boasted 17 of the first 18 finishers.

Senior Gabby Ruiz outlasted freshman Bridget Reilly to claim the individual win with a time of 19:25.00 just one second ahead of Reilly.

Juniors Leticia Shaban (19:31.00) and Brandi Hobson (19:58.00) also turned in times under the 20-minute threshold while senior Brittany Adams (20:33.00), senior Maira Salinas (20:50.00) and freshman Sara Smith (20:54.00) rounded out the counters for MSU.

Junior Tia Streeter (20:55.00), freshman Stefanie Blaine (21:29.00), sophomore Angela Dees (21:45.00), junior Jasmine Stokes (22:03.00), sophomore Angela Powers (22:11.00), freshman Kylee Gorney (22:22.00) and sophomore Maranda Rodriguez (22:47.00) all finished ahead of USAO frontrunner Deborah Park, who clocked a 23:06.00.

Freshman Alex Pearcy (23:33.00) and redshirt-freshman April Pena (24:02.00) placed 16th and 17th for the Mustangs.

Midwestern hosts the MSU/Strohman Dental Stampede Thursday at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.

Mustangs swept by MSU-Moorhead on day two in Colorado

Minnesota State-Moorhead put up 12 blocks and held the Midwestern State volleyball team to a -.049 hitting percentage to record a 3-0 sweep over the Mustangs in the first match of the day Saturday at the Oredigger Classic.

In the first set, the Dragons (3-0) began to pull away midway through the frame with a 6-0 run to stretch their lead to 20-13. Kills from Abby Wolpern, Claire Grimm and Kaitlin VanWinkle gave MSUM the momentum to eventually pull out a 25-19 set win.

The Dragons climbed out to a 7-2 advantage to open the second set before a kill by sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis halted the Dragons run.

Facing an 11-6 deficit, the Mustangs (1-2) began to cut into the MSUM lead as kills by sophomore outside hitter/middle blocker Addison Semer and senior outside hitter Hunter Porter pulled Midwestern within two.

However, the Dragons would not let MSU get any closer, extending their lead to as much as seven before taking the second set by a score of 25-19.

In the third, attack errors and the MSUM presence at the net was too much for the Mustangs to overcome as the Dragons went on a 12-0 run to claim a 25-8 decision and take the match 3-0.

Semer and freshman middle blocker Kiley Beaver each tallied six kills to lead the Mustangs. Freshman setter Hayden Blair finished with 21 assists while junior libero Madelyn Johnson had a team-best 10 digs.

Mustangs fall in four to No. 8 Colorado Mines

The Midwestern State volleyball team took No. 8 Colorado Mines to four sets after claiming an opening set win, but the nationally-ranked program proved to be too tough down the stretch as the Mustangs dropped their final match of the Oredigger Classic to the host institution.

Midwestern (1-3) held the Orediggers to a .088 hitting percentage to take a 25-21 first set win. Junior libero Madelyn Johnson supplied some early momentum for the Mustangs by recording three-straight aces to help MSU build a 7-1 lead.

Midwestern continued to cause problems for the No. 8 team as the visitors pushed their lead to as much as 10 following a kill by sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis.

Colorado Mines (3-0) began to get its offense flowing later in the set, cutting the Midwestern lead to 22-20 following a kill by Ellie Monarch. However, a kill from sophomore outside hitter/middle blocker Addison Semer gave the Mustangs a first set win to take the 1-0 advantage.

The Orediggers came out strong in the second set, hitting .423 while holding the Mustangs to just a .083 attack percentage. Mines began to break away midway through the set before going on to record a 25-15 win to knot the match at 1-1.

The Mines offense continued to flow, hitting .567 in the third set and .520 in the fourth to take away MSU's chance at an upset bid.

Leading 11-8 in the third set, the Orediggers put together a 5-0 run thanks to three kills from junior hitter Alanna Winfield. MSU was unable to cut into their deficit the remainder of the set with Mines building a 13-point lead before taking a 25-13 third set victory.

Following a Bettis kill that gave the Mustangs an 11-10 advantage in the fourth, Winfield paced the Orediggers in a 6-0 spurt and helped them take a 25-17 fourth set victory and the match.

Bettis led the Mustangs with 11 kills while freshman setter Hayden Blair dished out 20 assists.

Winfield led the Orediggers with 18 kills, committing just one error in 29 swings. Senior setter Danielle Johnson-Hazlewood recorded a team-high 49 assists while junior libero Taryn Huber led Colorado Mines with 20 digs.

As a team, the Orediggers hit .383 while holding the Mustangs to a .167 attack percentage.

Midwestern will host its home opener Wednesday at 3 p.m. versus Southwestern Oklahoma State before concluding the evening with a 7:30 p.m. match against Texas Wesleyan at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Mustangs record shutout win over Colorado Mesa

The Midwestern State women's soccer team earned their first win of the young season Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 shutout victory over Colorado Mesa at MSU Soccer Field.

"I thought we improved on what was a pretty good performance on Friday," said head coach Damian Clarke. "There are still a lot of things to improve on. I don't think we kept the ball as well as we will at some point, but the ideas that we're beginning to put together are good."

A first half goal by senior defender Alex Edwards was all the Mustangs (1-1) needed to take down the Mavericks (0-2).

"When you think about that first goal, it really came from Callie Briseno in the wide midfield earning that corner kick for us," Clarke said. "Getting the ball deep enough to create those problems is where it starts. Having a center back that's capable of doing what Alex Edwards does is a huge asset."

In the 38th minute, a header by Edwards found the net off a corner kick from redshirt senior defender Carina Dunnahoo to put the Mustangs up 1-0.

Midwestern added to its lead late in the second half as junior forward Aly Wade delivered a ball into the middle of the box to find junior defender Abbey Barnum. Barnum fired past CMU goalkeeper Janelle Richmond-Buccola to give MSU a 2-0 advantage in the 74th minute.

The Mustangs' final goal of the day came in the 83rd minute with a score from Wade. Freshman defender Imani Morlock dribbled down the field before passing over to Wade, who sent a shot into the net from 30 yards out to extend the MSU lead.

"Abbey had a great run inside the box to score the second goal," Clarke said. "Then having a forward (Aly Wade) pick her head up and realize she had an open goal, that's great awareness from someone that is used to playing in the midfield."

Midwestern led 10-1 in corners on the afternoon, creating several scoring opportunities throughout the match. The Mustangs also led the Mavericks in shots by a 16-11 margin.

Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette (1-1) earned the win for the Mustangs, collecting three saves in a complete game effort.

Midwestern travels to Colorado next weekend to take on two teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mustangs first face UC-Colorado Springs on Friday before wrapping up the weekend Sunday with a match against Western State.