WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - While battling a heavy downpour of rain for a majority of the match, Midwestern State pushed its winning streak to five Thursday night at MSU Soccer Field with a 2-0 win over Rogers State to remain in a tie for first in the Heartland Conference standings.
Senior midfielder Flavio Guzman lit up the scoreboard for Midwestern State (10-2-1, 8-1-0) just before halftime with a shot from inside the box off a cross from freshman forward Jacob Hernandez for a 1-0 MSU lead in the 40th minute.
Midway through the second period, the Mustangs increased their lead to 2-0 with senior forward Christian Okeke recording his team-leading seventh goal of the season with a strike from the left side of the box off a pass from junior defender Patrick Fitzgerald.
The Mustangs defense came away with their sixth shutout of the season, limiting Rogers State (6-4-3, 3-4-2) to just three shots on goal and no corner kicks for the evening.
Midwestern State begins a three-game road stretch Saturday with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Oklahoma Christian at Eagle Soccer Field in Oklahoma City.
Midwestern State totaled a season-high 15 blocks behind a career-best 11-block performance from junior middle blocker Addison Semer, but the Mustangs fell to Lubbock Christian in a five-set heartbreaker Thursday night at the Rip Griffin Center.
Midwestern State (8-11) recorded a .320 hitting percentage with no errors in the opening frame to take a 25-13 victory as the Lady Chaps committed 11 attack errors in the first set. The Mustangs broke away early in the set with a 6-0 run to take a comfortable 13-5 advantage. Another 6-0 spurt for the visitors put the set out of reach for Lubbock Christian (11-8) at 22-9 before going on to record the win.
LCU used a 6-1 run to break a 10-10 tie in the second set, keeping the Mustangs at a distance before the Maroon and Gold pulled back within two. After back-to-back kills from Sarah Garfield to make it a 20-18 score in favor of the Lady Chaps, the home team closed out the set on a 5-0 run to take the frame, 25-18.
Midwestern committed 10 hitting errors in the third set while managing just a .045 hitting percentage to suffer a 25-20 loss. LCU pulled away midway through the set with a 4-0 run to grab a 14-7 advantage following a kill from Ariel Froeschl. A 6-1 MSU run capped off by a block from Semer and Meghan Bettis brought the Mustangs within two before the Lady Chaps pulled away down the stretch to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Mustangs forced a decisive fifth set, going on a 10-1 run behind the serve of Garfield and Bettis to take an 11-5 lead in the fourth. LCU was only able to pull back within four before MSU distanced itself in the latter part of the frame for a 25-16 win.
Aerielle Edwards hit .667 with six kills in the fifth to lead the Mustangs offense as MSU took a 7-5 lead following an LCU attack error to force a timeout for the Lady Chaps. It was point-for-point the rest of the way before back-to-back kills for Froeschl gave LCU a 14-12 lead. Following an MSU timeout, a kill for Edwards fended off one LCU match point before Cory Jo Martin lifted the Lady Chaps to a 15-13 win.
Midwestern State hosts a pair of home matches inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum Saturday, taking on Lone Star Conference foe Texas A&M-Kingsville at noon before facing St. Edward's in a non-conference matchup at 5 p.m.
Midwestern State senior Ramon Toyos advanced to the ITA Oracle Cup Division II semifinals Thursday afternoon at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club.
The fourth-seeded Toyos took down NYIT senior Matej Selecky, 6-3, 6-3, to move on to face the top seed Ahmed Triki of Barry (Fla.), who defeated Edinboro's (Pa.) Vitor Albanese, 7-5, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. The two will square off in the semifinals tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. (MT). The winner will advance to Saturday's championship match at 8:30 a.m. to face either Azusa Pacific's Oliver Frank or Armstrong State's Alberto Caceres Casas.
The Division II champion will advance to take on the winners from the Division III, NJCAA and NAIA draws to vie for a chance to receive a wild card into the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.