DENTON, TX (KAUZ) - A goal by Cara Zwilling with 16 seconds to play in regulation lifted Texas Woman's to a 1-0 victory over Midwestern State to split the season series with the Mustangs Sunday afternoon at TWU Soccer Field.
Despite controlling possession for a majority of the contest and outshooting the Pioneers, Midwestern State (7-5-2, 4-4-0 LSC) was able to push across the game-winning goal. The Mustangs held Texas Woman's (7-6-1, 3-5-0 LSC) to just a pair of shots for more than 65 minutes of play before Gaby Larson recorded TWU's first shot on goal in the 69th minute.
With time winding down, a cross by Rachel Peters into the middle of the box found Zwilling who sent a rocket into the back of the net to put the Pioneers in front.
"We are a good team," said head coach Damian Clarke. "Today, we dominated the ball and just missed on a very winnable game. This is what we needed to become better. When our attitude and effort are controlled, we have controlled all that we can. Today we did that."
Midwestern totaled three shots on target in the opening period and two late in the second half as five different Mustangs recorded shots on goal.
The two teams split the season series with the Mustangs recording a 3-1 win two weeks ago in Wichita Falls.
Midwestern State returns to MSU Soccer Field for its final regular season home games this weekend. The Mustangs play host to UT Permian Basin in a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday before facing Angelo State in a 1 p.m. contest Sunday for Senior Day.
No. 15 Midwestern State extended its winning streak to six games while posting its fifth shutout in the last six outings Saturday evening in a 2-0 blanking of Oklahoma Christian at Eagle Soccer Field.
The Mustangs took sole possession of first place in the Heartland Conference Saturday after No. 6 St. Edward's tied with Eastern New Mexico. The Mustangs lead the league with 27 points while the Hilltoppers are a close second with 25 points.
Midwestern State (11-2-1, 9-1-0) took a 2-0 advantage into halftime following a pair of late first half scores. A foul on Oklahoma Christian (4-9-1, 2-7-1) in the box set up the eventual game-winning goal for Patrick Fitzgerald in the 33rd minute, finding the back of the net on a penalty kick for his second goal of the season.
With less than four minutes to play in the opening period, Pierre Bocquet added to the MSU lead with a strike from six yards out. Bocquet collected a loose ball after an Evan Helker save off Jacob Hernandez's shot before firing between the posts for the 2-0 advantage in the 42nd minute.
The Mustangs held off a late push from the Eagles, who placed seven of their nine shots on goal in the second half, to record their seventh clean sheet of the season. Noah Fazekas recorded a career-high 10 saves Saturday while improving to 11-2-0 on the season with his sixth shutout.
Midwestern State will look to stay atop the Heartland Conference standings when the Mustangs take on St. Edward's in a 3 p.m. matchup Thursday in Austin.