WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A pair of goals from Hanna Mattinson and Destinee Williamson in the final four minutes of regulation lifted Midwestern State to its third-straight victory Thursday evening in a 2-0 triumph over Southern Nazarene (Okla.) at MSU Soccer Field.
With time winding down, Williamson was fouled on the left side of the box in the 87th minute to set up Mattinson's second penalty kick conversion in as many games, sending a shot past Southern Nazarene (1-4-0) goalkeeper Natasha Fuentes for her third score of the season.
Just two minutes later, Williamson struck for her first goal of the season with a shot six yards out off an assist from Mattinson to give Midwestern State (3-1-2) a comfortable 2-0 advantage with 1:42 remaining in regulation.
Goalkeeper Courtney Burnette and the Mustangs defense collected their third shutout of the season, holding the Crimson Storm to four shots on goal. Midwestern State outshot Southern Nazarene 15-14 with a 6-4 edge in shots on goal and 6-0 lead in corner kicks.
"Southern Nazarene should take some credit from their effort today," said Mustangs head coach Damian Clarke. "They forced us into being desperate, and we found a way to carve out a result. I think we did well to get into dangerous areas, and eventually Destinee broke through and created a penalty kick, followed by a great 1v1 finish around the goalkeeper. We will keep improving and look forward to what's next."
Midwestern State begins Lone Star Conference play on the road Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. against Angelo State in San Angelo.
No. 17 Midwestern State collected a decisive win in its first-ever Heartland Conference matchup Thursday evening as senior Christian Okeke delivered a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of long-time rival West Texas A&M at MSU Soccer Field.
Okeke netted the first three goals for Midwestern State (3-1-1), putting the Mustangs on the board early in the 7th minute with a beautiful strike from the right side of the box into the left corner of the net off a pass from Laurence Chamberlain. He added his second score in the 24th minute off an assist from Patrick Fitzgerald to give MSU a 2-0 advantage at the break.
A red card was issued to West Texas A&M's (3-2-0) Luke Smith in the 37th minute, forcing the Buffs to play a man down the final 53:33 of the contest.
Okeke recorded his first career hat trick and the first for an MSU player this season in the 52nd minute with a shot from the right side of the box after receiving a pass from Flavio Guzman.
"Christian came out aggressive and was using his speed and attacking," said MSU head coach Doug Elder. "We moved him up top and he had a great game. I think he felt real comfortable up there. I'm real happy for him and the team. Any time you beat West Texas A&M is great but to beat them 5-0, that's the first time. It was just one of those days for them. Our guys were on; we were aggressive and were attacking and getting numbers forward. We kept them on their heels."
Sebastian Venegas and Kyle Baccus posted their first scores of the season in the second half with Venegas sending a shot from inside the box off a cross from Baccus to push the MSU lead to 4-0 in the 70th minute. Just seven minutes later, Baccus headed in a cross from Gabriel Cavalcante from a few yards out to make it a final 5-0 victory for the Mustangs.
Noah Fazekas collected his first shutout of the season and the second for the Mustangs this season with four saves in 90 minutes of action.
Midwestern State continues Heartland Conference action at home Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Mustangs play host to Eastern New Mexico at MSU Soccer Field.