WICHITA FALLS, TX - A header goal by Northeastern State's Trevor Reed in the 88th minute handed No. 9 Midwestern State its first loss of the 2016 season in a 1-0 decision Monday evening at MSU Soccer Field.
Northeastern State (2-3-0) broke a scoreless contest with 2:37 left to play in regulation as a free kick from 35 yards out for Joseph Garcia found Reed on the left side of the box before sending a header past goalkeeper Noah Fazekas for a 1-0 lead.
Midwestern State (2-1-1) controlled the possession a majority of the contest, creating a handful of good opportunities at the net. The Mustangs outshot the RiverHawks 12-2 in the opening period with Flavio Guzman's strike 35 seconds into the game serving as the lone shot on goal of the half for either team.
The Mustangs placed three shots on goal in the second period, all coming in the final 20 minutes of play.
Midwestern State didn't exactly get off to the start it wanted Monday afternoon as the Mustangs fired rounds of 298 and 295 and head into the final round of the Ryan Palmer Foundational Invitational at the Tascosa Country Club in eighth place.
"It wasn't our best day, but still very excited about what's ahead," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "After we knock some rust off, this team will be very good. We have more depth and more focus capable of going low."
Senior Jared Baker delivered MSU's lone sub-par round of the day firing a 1-under 71 in the opening round before carding a 2-over 74 in the second. The Holliday High product sits in 16th on the leader board eight strokes behind tournament leading Eliott Azoulay of St. Edward's who fired rounds of 71 and 66 for a 7-under total of 137.
"Jared had a solid day," Ray said. "One bad hole cost him. His second round was very consistent, but on courses like this you have to have a couple of guys really get it going."
St. Mary's (Texas) (569/-7) and St. Edward's (573/-3) lead the way boasting under-par team tallies in each round, while Cameron rebounded from a 297 (+9) in the opening round to notch the team-low round of the day with a 7-under 281 in the second to sit in third at 2-over.
Wayland Baptist (579/+3) is a close fourth followed by Colorado State-Pueblo (585/+9), West Texas A&M (586/+10) and Texas A&M-Commerce (589/+13).
MSU junior Dominick Haskins carded rounds of 75 and 73 for a two-round total of 148 (+4) to tie for 32nd while seniors Colton Dorion (77-74) and Thomas Smith (75-76) knotted for 51st with 7-over totals of 151.
Sophomore Chance Craig battled back from a first-round 84 to deliver a team countable score of 74 in the second. The Llano product is tied for 75th with a 14-over total of 158.
The final round begins with a shotgun start Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.