WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Despite placing a season-best eight shots on goal, Midwestern State was unable to come away with the victory Monday afternoon as the Mustangs and New Mexico Highlands played to a scoreless draw at Perkins Stadium.
Junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette kept New Mexico Highlands (0-1-1) off the scoreboard in the first half with three total saves, all coming within an eight-minute span. On the other side, the Cowgirls defense held Midwestern State (0-1-2) to one shot during the opening period with senior midfielder Aly Wade putting a shot on target in the 37th minute.
The Mustangs reeled off a total of nine shots in the second half, placing three on goal, while the Cowgirls were limited to just two shot attempts with both coming on target.
In the first overtime, the Mustangs looked to record the golden goal in the final two minutes of the period with freshman midfielder Jaden Green and senior midfielder Liz Navarette placing shots on goal, only to have them come into the hands of goalie Makenna Luster, who totaled eight saves on the day.
The MSU defense held the Cowgirls to just one shot over the final 20 minutes with a strike in the 104th minute by Madison Cataldo. The Mustangs added a pair of shots on goal in the second overtime from Wade and freshman forward Avery Lewis but were unable to get one across.
Burnette recorded a total of six saves for the shutout, her first of the season. The Mustangs travel to Texas A&M-International on Friday with a 6 p.m. kickoff to close out their 4-game season-opening road trip.
Midwestern State remained at No. 14 in the first regular season American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs used a strong second half to roll to a 31-19 win over Truman State in the season opener Saturday night at Stokes Stadium in Kirksville, Mo.
Midwestern has carried a national ranking in each of the last 11 polls dating back to last season.
The Mustangs are one of 13 teams from at competitive Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 5 Ashland (Ohio), No. 7 Ferris State (Mich.), No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 11 Colorado Mines, No. 19 Colorado State-Pueblo and No. 25 Colorado Mesa.
Indianapolis (Ind.), McKendree (Ill.), Texas A&M-Kingsville, Hillsdale (Mich.) and Michigan Tech are all receiving votes.
Defending national champion Northwest Missouri State is the unanimous No. 1 after rolling to a 41-14 win over then-No. 24 Emporia State (Kan.) in the season opener last week.
West Georgia, Grand Valley State, Shepherd (W. Va.) and Ashland (Ohio) round out the first five.
Colorado Mines claimed the biggest in-region victory last week by blasting Colorado State-Pueblo 57-21 in a nationally streamed game on ESPN3. The win allowed the Orediggers to leap seven spots to No. 11.
Midwestern State sophomore Josh Wydermyer turned his first collegiate start into Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors as released Monday afternoon by league officials.
The Pflugerville Hendrickson High product made a career-high eight tackles in leading the 14th-ranked Mustangs to a 31-19 win over Truman State Saturday night at Stokes Stadium in Kirksville, Mo.
Wydermyer spearheaded a defensive effort that limited the Bulldogs to 255 yards of total offense and just 85 in the second half.
Texas A&M-Kingsville senior quarterback Myles Carr garnered offensive honors throwing for 313 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-22 win over FCS Incarnate Word, while UT-Permian Basin's Bailey Giffen connected on a pair of field goals and placed two of his five punts inside the 20-yard line to earn special teams accolades.
Midwestern State enjoys a bye week before kicking off Lone Star Conference play at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Sept. 17 at Javelina Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.