Goals by four different Mustangs lifted the No. 5 Midwestern State men's soccer team to their sixth-straight win Sunday afternoon in a 4-1 victory over Newman (Kan.).
After a delayed start due to weather in the area and heavy rain falling through a majority of the contest, the Midwestern State (6-0-0) offense battled through the rough playing conditions to record their fourth four-plus goal performance of the season.
After senior forward Albert Rodriguez placed the first shot on goal for the Mustangs in the 34th minute, Midwestern State went on top 1-0 less than one minute later with a strike from junior midfielder Flavio Guzman. Following a corner kick from senior midfielder Juan Farres just seconds earlier, Guzman took control of a loose ball at the top of the box before sending a shot just inside the left post and out of reach of Newman goalkeeper Calum Dillon (2-3-1) for a 1-0 halftime score.
Out of the break, the Mustangs offense began to click as junior midfielder Leon Taylor fired a bullet from the top of the box to extend the MSU advantage to 2-0 less than two minutes into the second period.
Rodriguez added to the Mustangs lead 90 seconds later with his team-leading sixth goal of the season, receiving a ball from junior midfielder Gabriel Cavalcante before weaving through the Newman (2-3-1) defense and getting past Dillon for a shot inside the six-yard box to make it 3-0.
Junior forward Garvin Samaroo put the Mustangs in full control with a goal in the 74th minute for a 4-0 contest. A shot from junior midfielder Kyle Baccus deflected off the hands of Dillon before Samaroo collected the ball on the left side of the six-yard box to tap it in for his second score of the season.
The Jets denied junior goalkeeper Noah Fazekas (6-0-0) and the Mustangs a chance for their third-straight shutout with a goal from Victor Rojas in the 80th minute.
Midwestern led 17-12 in shots, placing seven shots on target compared to just four for the Jets. Rodriguez led the Mustangs with four shots and two on goal.