AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) - Sophomore forward Hanna Mattinson delivered a game-winning strike in the 70th minute to lift Midwestern State past No. 12 St. Edward's, 1-0, for its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in two seasons Wednesday afternoon at Lewis-Chen Family Field.
Mattinson dribbled 25 yards before firing off her lone shot attempt of the afternoon from inside the box. St. Edward's goalkeeper Ocoee Wilson managed one hand on the attempt but it was not enough as Mattinson's strike hit the right post and bounced into the net to hand the Hilltoppers their first loss of the 2017 season.
After the Hilltoppers pressured Midwestern State (8-2-0) with seven shots in the first 20-plus minutes, the Mustangs shut down the SEU offense to just one shot attempt in the final 66 minutes to earn their sixth clean sheet of the season. In goal, senior Courtney Burnette made several key stops for the Maroon and Gold with three saves to her stat line.
St. Edward's (7-1-3) came close to striking in the 24th minute with the Hilltoppers totaling three shots in an eight-second span. Viktoria Malmros placed a shot on frame before strikes by Whytneigh Duffie hit the crossbar and wide left.
The Mustangs turned the tables in the second half, outshooting the hosts 9-1 with six shots on target. Just minutes before Mattinson's goal, the Mustangs fired off three-straight shots at Wilson with junior midfielder Taylor Robinson placing two on frame and senior midfielder Destinee Williamson adding another shot on goal.
Burnette collected her sixth shutout of the season and extended her career shutout record to 29 matches.
"We got a win against a really good team today," said head coach Damian Clarke. "In the first 20 minutes of the game, they (St. Edward's) were playing well and they had a lot of energy. We had to weather a bit of a storm before we relaxed. I think when we started passing we were able to get some momentum. We went into the game knowing we had to be disciplined to keep them in front of us. The back line is getting better and this team is committed to supporting each other."
The Mustangs recorded their first win over a top-15 program since earning a 2-1 victory over No. 2 Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Conference Championship on Nov. 6, 2011 in Abilene.
Midwestern State continues its road swing Friday as the Mustangs battle rival West Texas A&M Friday at The Pitch in Canyon. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Earlier Wednesday, Courtney Burnette was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week after guiding the Mustangs to a pair of road wins with one shutout last weekend. The weekly honor is her first of the season and fifth of her career.
Burnette helped Midwestern State push its win streak to three matches and climb to second in the LSC standings following key wins at Texas Woman's and Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Irving native led MSU to its first win in Denton since 2013 Friday night after collecting a season-high eight saves in her fifth shutout of the season at Texas Woman's. Burnette also extended her MSU career shutout record to 28 after facing a season-high 24 shots in the 1-0 win over the Pioneers.
Midwestern State capped off the week Sunday with its first win over Texas A&M-Commerce since 2014. Burnette made five saves including a momentum-shifting stop on Sophie Haywood's penalty kick in the 67th minute to prevent the equalizer and carry out a 2-1 victory.
Entering play Wednesday, Burnette led the LSC with five shutouts while also topping the league with an .850 save percentage.