Senior midfielder Juan Farres netted his first game winner of the season with a golden goal in the 95th minute to lift the top-ranked Midwestern State men's soccer team to a 1-0 road victory over Eastern New Mexico at ENMU Soccer Field Sunday afternoon.
Just 4:52 into the first overtime, ENMU goalkeeper James Gutierrez came out from between the posts before a pass from senior forward Albert Rodriguez landed near Farres, who then fired from the corner of the six-yard box to break the scoreless match with his third goal of the season.
While Midwestern State (9-0-1) was held to a season-low 11 shots and four shots on goal, the Mustangs were able to set up several scoring opportunities throughout the match. Midwestern finished with a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks with three of those coming in the first 11 minutes of play.
"We wanted to have a little better performance but Eastern has always been a tough place to play," said head coach Doug Elder. "We had a tough, emotional game Thursday and this was our third game in six days. We played at 11 in the morning so I didn't expect us to be as sharp, but we got the result."
After being held to just two shots in the opening period, the Mustangs offense picked up in the second half. Midwestern fired off eight shots, three coming on goal, but Gutierrez was able to stop all three attempts to keep the contest scoreless and force overtime.
The Mustangs defense was superb Sunday, limiting the Greyhounds (3-5-2) to just three shot attempts with none coming on goal. It was the Mustangs' third shutout of the season and first for sophomore goalkeeper Richard Goss (3-0-1), who was making just his second career start.
"I thought we turned the ball over too much," Elder said. "We didn't pass the ball very well. I don't know if it was because we were tired. We haven't played well on the road, but we can't be very mad after getting a win and a shutout."
Rodriguez led Midwestern with three shots while four different Mustangs tallied shots on goal for the afternoon.