Needing one win to become the all-time winningest men's soccer coach in Midwestern State history, the ninth-ranked Mustangs made sure to get head coach Doug Elder his 222nd win Thursday night with an 8-1 victory over Southern Nazarene (Okla.) at MSU Soccer Field.
In his 16th season at the helm of the MSU men's soccer program, the win moved Elder's all-time record to 222-51-28 (.784). In the process, Elder passed his former coach Howard Patterson, who coached the Mustangs to a 221-85-20 (.709) record in his 17 seasons from 1973-89.
The Mustangs (3-0-0) recorded 54 shots in the contest, the most for the program since the 1998 season, while holding SNU to just five shot attempts. Midwestern held a 27-2 shot on goal advantage and a 14-1 lead in corner kicks.
The Crimson Storm (0-3-0) struck first in the opening period as freshman midfielder Tommy Fiszel sent a rocket past the outstretched hands of junior goalkeeper Noah Fazekas into the top right corner of the net to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute.
After a red card was called on SNU for an intentional handball in the box, senior forward Albert Rodriguez knotted the match up in the 18th minute by converting his second penalty kick and fourth goal of the season.
With the Crimson Storm down to 10 players, the Mustangs were able to control the ball and attack the SNU defense the remainder of the period.
In the 30th minute, junior forward Cody Schultz put the Mustangs on top as a cross into the middle of the box from junior midfielder Kyle Baccus found Schultz to make it a 2-1 contest.
Midwestern struck again late in the period to go up 3-1. Sophomore forward Erick Chapa made a pass to sophomore forward Laurence Chamberlain into the middle of the box before a shot from Chamberlain found the back of the net for a 3-1 halftime score.
A few minutes into the second period, the Mustangs found the goal again with junior forward Christian Okeke finding the left corner of the net off a pass from junior forward Garvin Samaroo to extend the MSU lead to 4-1.
Midwestern added two quick goals midway through the second half with scores from senior defender Javan Toledo and junior midfielder Gabriel Cavalcante for a 6-1 advantage.
After another red card on the Crimson Storm, the Mustangs capped off the night with goals from Samaroo and Chapa for a final score of 8-1.
The Mustangs will make their first road trip of the season Sunday to face Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) in a 3 p.m. neutral site contest at Richland College.