MSU Roundup: Women's Soccer Draws at WT

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Sophomore forward Destinee Williamson lifted the Midwestern State women's soccer team to a 1-1 draw against West Texas A&M with a goal in the 82nd minute to deny the Lady Buffs a third-straight win Friday evening at The Pitch in Canyon.

With just over eight minutes to play in regulation, junior forward Aly Wade set up for a free kick on the left side of the pitch a few yards away from the box. Wade's kick landed in the middle of the box before Williamson headed the ball in for her fifth goal of the season to even the match at 1-1.

West Texas A&M (6-6-1, 3-2-1 LSC) struck first in the 64th minute as a free kick by junior midfielder Karyn Forbes found senior midfielder Haley Girard in the middle of the box before Girard tallied a header goal to put the Lady Buffs out in front at 1-0.

Following Williamson's goal, WT was unable to fire a shot on target in the final 28:11. The Mustangs placed four on goal, but were unable to get one past WT freshman goalkeeper Courtney Dippel (3-4-1).

Midwestern State (6-3-3, 2-2-2 LSC) finished with a 15-9 advantage in shots, placing 11 of those on target compared to just five for WT.

It was a quiet first half offensively as both teams recorded just two shots on goal in the opening period.

"I thought we were slow to come out in the first half, similar to the first game (against West Texas A&M)," said head coach Damian Clarke. "I thought we figured it out the last 15 minutes of the first half and played well. In the second half, we were much better. We limited opportunities, but our kids had to fight. We earned a point on the road and we needed that. We walked off the field with our heads held high."

Williamson led the Mustangs with four shots, placing all four attempts on goal, while Wade and junior forward Nicole Coetzer added three shots apiece.

In goal, sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette (6-3-3) collected four saves while allowing the one goal in all 110 minutes of action.

Girard led WT with three shots while five different Lady Buffs finished with one shot on goal for the evening.

"It's difficult to get points in this conference on the road," Clarke said. "We have a chance to put ourselves in a good position if we take care of business on Sunday. We did well to get one off of West Texas today. Our older players played well. Kayla Cheesman came on and did great. It was good to see the work she has put in pay off."

Midwestern State continues its road trip Sunday with a 2 p.m. (CT) kickoff against Eastern New Mexico in Portales.

Volleyball: Mustangs Fall in Four at West Texas A&M

Three double-figure kill performances was not enough for the Midwestern State volleyball team Friday night as the Mustangs dropped a 3-1 contest (25-18, 25-20, 26-28, 25-20) to West Texas A&M at the WTAMU Fieldhouse.

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Midwestern State (5-17, 0-8 LSC) looked to avoid the sweep in the third set as sophomore outside hitter Addison Semer put down a kill to give the Mustangs a 22-19 lead. However, West Texas A&M (9-10, 2-6 LSC) rallied to even the frame at 22-all to force a Midwestern timeout.

Attacking errors by the Mustangs gave the Lady Buffs match point at 24-22 but Midwestern held off WT as back-to-back kills from freshman middle blocker Olivia Schiffner put the Maroon and Gold in front at 25-24.

With the set knotted at 26 apiece, kills from senior outside hitter Hunter Porter and sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis closed the door on a WT sweep as the Mustangs recorded a 28-26 win.

Midwestern carried the momentum over into the fourth frame, taking a 7-4 lead following a WT service error. After the Lady Buffs trimmed down their deficit, the home team put together a 3-0 run to take a 17-15 advantage following a block by senior middle blocker Lexi Davis and junior middle blocker Cori Haley.

The Mustangs came back within one down the stretch before a 4-0 run propelled the Lady Buffs to a 25-20 fourth set victory to take the match 3-1.

In the opening set, the Mustangs jumped out to a 4-0 advantage before the Lady Buffs answered with a 4-0 run to knot the set. With WT holding a slight lead, a kill by Porter brought Midwestern to within a point at 16-15.

However, the Lady Buffs opened up a 19-15 advantage following a block by junior middle blocker Elisa Bentsen and junior setter Jessica Jackson. WT only allowed the Mustangs back within three as the Lady Buffs recorded a 25-18 opening set win.

It was the Lady Buffs that began the second set strong, taking a 7-3 advantage following a Davis kill. With WT holding an 11-5 lead, a kill by Bettis sparked a 4-0 spurt for the Mustangs with pull within two.

The Lady Buffs responded by bringing their lead out to a comfortable 16-10 following another block by Bentsen and Jackson. Kills from Bettis and Semer helped bring the Mustangs back within three late but the Lady Buffs were able to pull out a 25-20 win to take a 2-0 lead in to halftime.

Porter paced the Mustangs with 14 kills while Schiffner added 12 and Bettis finished with 11. Freshman setter Kendall Chamberlain tallied 34 assists in three sets while freshman libero Matti Dix put together another impressive outing on the defensive end by leading all players with 28 digs.

Midwestern State next travels to Eastern New Mexico for a 2 p.m. (CT) match Saturday against the Greyhounds in Portales.