Two early second half goals by the No. 2 Midwestern State men's soccer team broke a 1-1 halftime score to propel the Mustangs to a 3-1 victory Sunday over St. Mary's at Sigma Beta Chi Field.
Sunday's contest was the first of the week for Midwestern State (7-0-0) after having Friday's match vs. No. 9 St. Edward's postponed due to weather in Austin.
"I think that (delay) hurt us, said head coach Doug Elder. "We were gone Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then only played Sunday. We had a three and a half day window just sitting around. St. Mary's was a hard team to play. We were so ready to play Friday; we were focused and the guys we're excited. The good thing is we persevered, we could have easily let up."
Less than three minutes into the second period, senior forward Albert Rodriguez netted the eventual game winner with his team-leading seventh goal of the season as he found the lower left corner of the net to put Midwestern State up 2-1.
St. Mary's (4-4-0) came close to evening the match back up in the 55th minute as a shot from freshman forward Patricio Botello Faz hit the post before sophomore goalkeeper Richard Goss denied the equalizer after Botello Faz collected the rebound and fired a second shot.
"It was a good save," Elder said. "He came out and did really good. That's what we tell the guys when it's your chance, you need to rise to the occasion."
Just one minute later, the Mustangs struck again as a cross from senior defender Ben Clarvis found junior forward Christian Okeke in the box. Okeke then headed it in to give the Mustangs a cushion at 3-1 in the 56th minute.
In the first period, the first shot on goal by the Mustangs came off a score from Clarvis as he found the net for the first time this season off his corner kick in the 25th minute to put Midwestern up 1-0.
St. Mary's got on the board in the 36th minute to even the match at 1-1. Junior midfielder Alex Gonzalez had a shot saved by junior goalkeeper Noah Fazekas before Gonzalez collected the rebound and fired into the net for a Rattlers score.
Goss (1-0-0) earned the win in his first appearance of the season, recording four saves in the second half. Midwestern led 16-13 in shots while St. Mary's held an 8-5 edge in shots on goal.
Midwestern State will continue its road swing Monday, Oct. 5 when the Mustangs travel to Lubbock Christian for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Chaps at LCU Soccer Field.
The Midwestern State women's soccer team and Texas A&M-Commerce battled for 110 minutes before Sunday's Lone Star Conference matchup ended in a scoreless draw at Lion Soccer Field.
"We were playing a good team and a very well-coached team that just came off of beating the No. 7 team (Angelo State) in the country," said head coach Damian Clarke. "I think we proved that we can compete with anyone. It was good to get that point on the road, our first conference point."
TAMUC (5-2-1, 1-0-1 LSC) came out firing with five shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of play, only to have the LSC Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year Courtney Burnette collect all five attempts to keep it a scoreless contest.
Midwestern State (3-2-2, 0-1-1 LSC) attacked late in the first half with their first shots on goal coming from junior midfielder Liz Navarette and senior midfielder Morgan Hannon in the final minute of the period. However, TAMUC senior goalkeeper Courtnie Northern picked up each attempt for a scoreless contest at the half.
The Mustangs came close to moving ahead in the 81st minute as a shot by sophomore forward Destinee Williamson hit the post to deny Midwestern a chance to take a late lead.
Senior midfielder Kayla Cheesman was a bright spot for the Mustangs offense late in regulation, placing two shots on goal for the Maroon and Gold.
Burnette recorded two saves in the first overtime period while TAMUC senior forward Jade Bell had her shot hit the crossbar in the 98th minute to send the match to a second overtime.
It was quiet second overtime offensively for both teams as Navarette fired the only shot of the period in the 108th minute with Northern collecting the save.
The Mustangs finished with an 18-13 advantage in shots while the Lions placed 10 shots on goal compared to five for Midwestern State.
The Mustangs recorded their fourth shutout of the season with Burnette (3-2-2) collecting nine saves in 110 minutes of action.
"It was more of a collective (defensive) effort," Clarke said. "Courtney did have a good game but the back flow was tremendous. We had some players that had to play and step up. We shut out a team that doesn't get shut out very often."
Midwestern State will return to MSU Soccer Field for the first time since the opening week of the season when they begin a four-match homestand Friday against Eastern New Mexico at 8 p.m.
A trio of Mustangs wrapped up the second day of the USTA/ITA South Central Regional still in contention for a regional title with seniors Maddie Schorlemmer and Kyle Davidson along with junior Ramon Toyos advancing to Sunday's singles semifinal matches at the Northside ISD and Annemarie Tennis Centers.
In the women's singles main draw, No. 3 seed Schorlemmer cruised with two straight-set victories to move on to Sunday's 8:30 a.m. semifinal where she will face Cameron's No. 2 Paula Gutierrez. Schorlemmer took down St. Mary's Hannah Petersen, 6-1, 6-4, before defeating St. Mary's Kaylin Kruseman, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Davidson battled back from a first set defeat to St. Edward's Logan Buignet to record a 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory before a 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal win over St. Mary's Adam Dockery. Davidson will look to punch his ticket to his second-straight regional championship match tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. when he faces MSU Denver's Joey Tscherne.
Davidson will be joined by Toyos in the semifinals after he rallied for a 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 win over Newman's Alejandro Gonzalez and then posted a 6-3, 7-5 decision against MSU Denver's No. 2 seed Josh Graetz in the quarterfinals. Toyos will face Newman's No. 3 seed Eduardo dos Santos tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
Davidson and Toyos also teamed up together in doubles, advancing to the semifinals before falling to Cameron's Felipe Oyarzun and Mateo Velasco.
Freshman Benjamin Neander advanced to the semifinals of the men's singles consolation draw with two straight-set victories Saturday. Neander will square off against St. Mary's Felix Hollaway Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Senior Lauren Pineda and junior Chris Norrie also competed in the singles main draw Saturday, falling in the round of 16 after earning two victories apiece.
In doubles, the duo of Schorlemmer and junior Abby White were eliminated in the quarterfinals with a loss to Petersen and Cristina Lopez of St. Mary's. Pineda and fellow senior Lindsay Nochowicz also ended their run in the quarterfinals following a loss to Cameron's Gutierrez and Angie Torres.
Midwestern State senior Kyle Davidson's quest for a second-straight USTA/ITA South Central Regional Men's Singles Championship came up short Sunday as he fell in the title match to Newman's third-seeded Eduardo dos Santos by a score of 6-4, 6-1 at the Annemarie Tennis Center.
The top-seeded Davidson went 4-1 on the weekend, posting three straight-set victories as he advanced through the main draw. Junior Ramon Toyos joined Davidson in the men's singles semifinals Sunday, also falling to dos Santos, 7-5, 6-2. The Midwestern State duo wrapped up a successful weekend as the pair also made an appearance in the doubles semifinals.
After suffering a first round loss Friday, freshman Benjamin Neander recorded a 5-0 mark to win the men's singles consolation draw. Neander pulled out a tight 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 victory over St. Mary's Felix Hollaway in the semifinals before defeating St. Mary's Aldo Maldonado in the championship match.
On the women's side, senior Maddie Schorlemmer's run at a regional title ended in the semifinals with a tough three-set loss to Cameron's second-seeded Paula Gutierrez, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, Sunday morning.