PORTALES, NM (KAUZ) - Four different Mustangs scored goals to lift No. 8 Midwestern State to a 4-0 blanking of Eastern New Mexico and continue its undefeated streak with a sixth-straight victory Saturday afternoon at Greyhound Stadium.
Midwestern State (6-0, 2-0 HC) scored four goals for the second time in the last three matches with redshirt sophomore Koby Sapon-Amoah providing the game winner in the 18th minute. Sapon-Amoah's third score of the season came off an assist from Sebastian Venegas, firing from 30 yards out on a breakaway to give MSU the early advantage.
With less than 15 minutes remaining in the first half, senior Pierre Bocquet came through with his first goal of the season with a header from five yards out off an Alex Mullet corner kick for a 2-0 MSU lead at the break.
The Mustangs carried their offensive surge into the second half with freshman Carlos Flores netting his second goal of the season with a shot from 25 yards out less than 10 minutes into the period off a Bocquet assist.
In the 81st minute, Venegas capped off the scoring for MSU with his first goal of the year with a shot just outside the box.
Eastern New Mexico's (2-3-1, 1-1 HC) lone shot on target came in the ninth minute with Ignacio Dicun having his attempt stopped by senior Richard Goss.
Sophomore outside hitter Erin Richburg notched 10 kills to pace a balanced Midwestern State attack and lead the Mustangs to their first Lone Star Conference win of the season in a 3-0 sweep of UT Permian Basin Saturday afternoon at the Falcon Dome.
In the opening set, Addison Semer and Addy Cook each contributed three kills to help Midwestern State (6-4, 1-1 LSC) build a 10-4 advantage. A 7-1 run by UT Permian Basin (4-6, 1-1 LSC) forced an MSU timeout after the Falcons came within a point. The Mustangs once again built a sizeable lead, moving in front 22-16 following a Cook kill before UTPB answered with a quick 5-0 spurt to pull within one following an ace. However, three-straight errors by the Falcons and a Meghan Bettis kill sealed a 25-22 first set victory for MSU.
The Mustangs hit a match-best .393 in the second frame en route to claiming a 25-15 win with Richburg's five kills leading the squad. MSU began to pull away midway through the set, ending the game on an 11-4 run.
Midwestern hit over .300 again in the third set with a .312 percentage as Richburg and Semer each put down four kills to lead the Mustangs to a 25-22 victory. The set remained tight a majority of the way before the Mustangs were able to create some distance after three-straight kills from Raven Presley, Richburg and Bettis to build a 19-15 advantage. The Falcons were only able to pull within two the rest of the frame with Semer putting down a kill and tallying a block on set point to finish off the sweep.