A pair of late goals broke a 1-1 contest and lifted No. 24 Midwestern State to its sixth-straight win Friday night in a 3-1 victory over Texas Woman's at MSU Soccer Field.
Texas Woman's (5-4-0, 1-3-0 LSC) evened up the match in the 69th minute after the Mustangs had led for nearly 55 minutes of play with a strike from Blaine Cathey for a 1-1 score.
In the 80th minute, freshman forward Hanna Mattinson tallied her team-best fourth goal of the season, weaving in and around the TWU defense and firing from the middle of the box into the top left corner of the goal for a 2-1 advantage.
Junior forward Destinee Williamson added to the Midwestern State (6-1-2, 3-0-0 LSC) lead in the 87th minute with her free kick finding the back of the net for the 3-1 final.
Senior forward Nicole Coetzer gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, collecting the rebound after a blocked shot and sending the ball just under the crossbar for the early advantage.
Despite a career-high 22 kills from Aerielle Edwards and a career-best 59 assists from Kristan Aduddell, Midwestern State fell in a five-set heartbreaker to Texas Woman's Friday evening at Kitty Magee Arena.
In the fifth set, a 6-2 run for Midwestern State (7-7, 3-3 LSC) helped the Mustangs grab a comfortable 10-6 lead and force a Texas Woman's (5-9, 1-3 LSC) timeout. Kills for Addison Semer and Meghan Bettis gave the Mustangs a 12-7 advantage but the Pioneers answered with an 8-0 run to claim a 15-12 win in the fifth set.
TWU took a 1-0 lead in the match after totaling 16 kills with just two errors to record a 25-15 win over the Mustangs in set one.
Midwestern State evened the contest at 1-1 with Edwards posting six kills and Aduddell dishing out 17 assists to lead the Mustangs to a 25-20 win in the second set. After TWU went on a 3-0 run to take a 20-17 lead and force an MSU timeout, the Mustangs responded by scoring the final eight points of the frame to take the set after hitting .500 with 18 kills.
In the third set, the Mustangs grabbed a 23-20 advantage following an Edwards kill but the Pioneers came back to even the set at 23 apiece before Sarah Garfield gave MSU set point. A pair of kills from Anna McGee pushed TWU in front at 25-24 before a kill by Courtney Noel gave the Pioneers a 26-24 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Edwards and Meghan Bettis combined for 11 of MSU's 16 kills in the fourth set with Bettis recording six with no errors on 11 swings. The Mustangs jumped out to a 13-8 lead in the frame after Bettis tallied four kills and an ace to help MSU control the momentum early. The Pioneers pulled within two at 22-20 after back-to-back blocks from Noel and Briley Cole but Edwards recorded a couple of kills to help MSU pull out the 25-22 victory to force the decisive fifth set.
Freshman Bianca Duff continued her quest for the ITA South Central Regional singles title Friday, winning a pair of matches over seeded opponents to advance to the semifinals at the Arlington Tennis Center.
Duff began the day taking down Tarleton State's seventh-seeded Erika Richarme with a 7-5, 6-3 win in the round of 16. The Geelong, Australia native then followed with a 7-6, 7-6 victory over St. Edward's No. 3 Anjali Sampath in the quarterfinals to set up a matchup with the top-seeded Paula Gutierrez of Cameron in the semifinals tomorrow at 8 a.m. The winner will move on to face either Cameron's No. 9 Zhenia Shviadok or No. 13 Ally Maciel of St. Mary's in the championship match at 11:30 a.m.
In the bottom half of the draw, No. 6 seed Eirini Kontaki had her run come to an end with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to to Maciel in the quarterfinals.
In doubles, the sixth-seeded Kontaki and Amy Clifton came up short in the quarterfinals with a close 8-6 defeat to the No. 2 seeded team of Kaylin Kruseman and Camille Clausse-Pujo of St. Mary's.
The singles and doubles winners of the ITA South Central Regional will move on to play in the ITA Oracle Cup, Oct. 13-16, at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club in Surprise, Ariz.