WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State will play host to the semifinal and championship rounds of the 2016 Heartland Conference Men's Soccer Tournament Friday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at MSU Soccer Field. The 11th-ranked Mustangs claimed the top seed in the tournament after winning the regular season title in their inaugural season in the league.
The six-team tournament begins action Tuesday with No. 4 Newman hosting No. 5 Rogers State in the quarterfinals with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Wilkins Field in Wichita, Kan. The winner between the Jets and the Hillcats will move on to face the top-seeded Mustangs in the semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field.
In the bottom half of the bracket, No. 3 West Texas A&M will square off against No. 6 Eastern New Mexico in a Tuesday meeting at 7 p.m. at The Pitch in Canyon. The winner will next take on No. 2 seed St. Edward's in a 5 p.m. semifinal matchup Friday at MSU Soccer Field.
The Heartland Conference title match is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. in Wichita Falls.
Midwestern State ended the regular season with a 15-2-1 overall record and a 13-1-0 league mark for 39 points, five points ahead of second place St. Edward's. The Mustangs claimed their 10th conference title since 1999 and the first since 2010 Thursday following a 4-0 shutout over Newman. MSU enters the postseason winners of their last 10 contests.
Senior midfielder Katie Huff delivered her first collegiate goal at the right time with a penalty kick in overtime to lift Midwestern State to a 3-2 road victory, spoiling Senior Day and denying the South Central Region's fifth-ranked team West Texas A&M an outright Lone Star Conference title.
Less than five minutes into the extra period a foul was called on West Texas A&M's Khadisha Debesette to set up an opportunity for a Midwestern State golden goal. Huff lined up for her first career penalty kick before sending her attempt past goalkeeper Courtney Dippel to record the 3-2 win at the 94:53 mark.
Midwestern State (11-5-2, 8-4-0 LSC) closed out the regular season on a four-game winning streak including a pair of regionally-ranked wins in that span.
Senior forward Nicole Coetzer led the Mustangs offense in regulation, tallying her first multiple-goal performance of her career.
In the 13th minute, Coetzer gave the Mustangs an early advantage with a strike off Katie Huff's corner kick for a 1-0 lead.
West Texas A&M (11-5-0, 9-3-0 LSC) netted the equalizer just before halftime with Marlene van Mourik recording her seventh goal of the season with a shot from 20 yards out that sailed over the outstretched hands of junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette in the 42nd minute.
The Lady Buffs took their first lead of the contest just minutes into the second half with a goal from Khadidra Debesette for a 2-1 score in the 49th minute.
Coetzer tallied her seventh goal of the season with the equalizer in the 55th minute with a strike from inside the box off an assist from junior forward Destinee Williamson.
The Mustangs made several great defensive plays down the stretch to send the game into overtime with sophomore defender Imani Morlock making a goal-saving play in front of the net and Burnette collecting a save on a Khadidra Debesette header.