Mustangs claim fifth LSC Tournament title; earn NCAA bid

Mustangs claim fifth LSC Tournament title; earn NCAA bid
MSU Sports

COMMERCE, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State claimed its fifth Lone Star Conference Tournament title in program history Sunday afternoon, taking down top-seeded Texas A&M-Commerce 5-4 in penalty kicks to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
 
After a 1-1 score through 110 minutes of action, teams lined up for a shootout to determine the conference champion. Junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette recorded the lone save of the shootout on the first attempt from Texas A&M-Commerce's Anitra Wright, rejecting the shot on the left side of the net.
 
Midwestern State (13-5-3) was successful on all attempts in the shootout with freshman Sarah Stewart clinching the championship for the Mustangs with a shot to the right side of the goal for the 5-4 advantage. Aly Wade, Adrianna Smith, Katie Huff and Avery Lewis also converted penalty kicks to lift the Mustangs to the crown.
 
Texas A&M-Commerce (14-5-1) struck early in the contest with Wright notching her fourth goal of the season on a cross from Savannah Grasser to give the Lions a 1-0 advantage 3:32 into the game. 
 
In the 21st minute, junior forward Destinee Williamson netted her team-leading 10th goal of the year and fourth score in the LSC Tournament with a strike on a breakaway, sailing a shot over goalkeeper Caitlin Duty for the equalizer.
 
In the second half, the Mustangs held a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal while A&M-Commerce's Kasey Sorbers came close to putting the Lions back in front with her attempt hitting the crossbar in the 52nd minute.
 
Neither team was able to put a shot on target in the first overtime period while both squads placed one shot on goal in the final 10 minutes of play.

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