WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Goals by Pierre Bocquet and Alex Mullet carried No. 25 Midwestern State to its seventh-straight win over Texas A&M International in a 2-0 victory Thursday evening at MSU Soccer Field.
In the opening period, Midwestern State (6-2-1, 4-1-0 HC) earned an opportunity to move on top with a penalty kick in the 16th minute but goalkeeper Roberto Molina kept the Mustangs off the board with a save on Gabriel Cavalcante's kick.
Bocquet struck in the 39th minute to lift MSU to a 1-0 advantage with a shot from the left wing off a pass from Kyle Baccus to give the Mustangs a lead at the break.
Just under 10 minutes into the second period, Mullet delivered his first career goal while wearing the Maroon and Gold with a strike from the left side of the box into the right corner of the net to push the MSU lead to 2-0.
Midwestern earned a second penalty kick in the 75th minute but Molina made one of his seven saves of the night on Flavio Guzman's attempt to keep the Mustangs from stretching their lead any further.
Texas A&M International (3-5-0, 2-3-0 HC) placed five shots on goal but keeper Noah Fazekas recorded a career-best five saves for his second shutout of the season.
"It was a good win," said MSU Head Coach Doug Elder after the game. "This is a very good team that always plays hard and they didn't quit. I think we controlled and managed the game well. I think it's going to be just consistency for us, and I think we were better tonight than we were over the weekend. We just have to come back on Saturday and play because we have not really put two games together back-to-back and that's going to be an issue for us."
Midwestern State continues its homestand Saturday when the Mustangs play host to St. Mary's at 1 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field.
Sophomore Eirini Kontaki and freshman Bianca Duff advanced to the round of 16 in singles while Kontaki teamed up with junior Amy Clifton to move on to the doubles quarterfinals Thursday at the ITA South Central Regional.
Kontaki, seeded sixth in the region, recorded a pair of straight-set wins to set up a third round matchup with No. 13 seed Ally Maciel of St. Mary's tomorrow at 8 a.m. at the Arlington Tennis Center. The Ialysos, Greece native took down Tarleton State's Elena Preadca, 6-0, 6-4, in the opening round before defeating Newman's Kateryna Stoianova, 6-3, 6-1, in her second match of the day.
One of just four unseeded players to advance to the round of 16, Duff posted a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Metro State's Emily Kerr in her first round matchup before tallying a 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 comeback win over Dallas Baptist's Lacey Sprinkel in the second round. The Geelong, Australia native will take on the No. 7 seed Erika Richarme of Tarleton State tomorrow at 8 a.m.
In doubles play, Kontaki and Clifton coasted into the second round with an 8-0 blanking of DBU's Cassidy Paul and Michelle Garcia Zarate. The sixth-seeded duo then saved three match points and recorded 12-straight points in a 9-8 victory over Tarleton's Richarme and Ashleigh Eldward. The pair will be up against St. Mary's No. 2 seeded team of Kaylin Kruseman and Camille Clausse-Pujo in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 2 p.m.
In the consolation draw, sophomore Greta Lazarotto and freshmen Anna Claire Gerletti and Ashley Ramirez moved on to the second round of play after suffering first round defeats in the main draw. The freshmen duo also remain alive in the consolation doubles draw after falling to the No. 3 seeded team of Hannah Petersen and Tyra Timm from St. Mary's in the opening round.