Mustangs stay unbeaten, move to Heartland championship game

Mustangs stay unbeaten, move to Heartland championship game

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - No. 3 Midwestern State extended its unbeaten streak to 19 matches advancing to the Heartland Conference Tournament championship game for the second-straight season with a 2-1 win over Texas A&M International Friday night at Stang Park.
 
The Mustangs meet rival St. Edward's Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. after the Hilltoppers cruised to a 6-1 semifinal win over St. Mary's (Texas) earlier in the afternoon. The Mustangs look avenge last season's 2-0 loss to St. Ed's in the 2016 Heartland Conference Postseason Tournament final.
 
Senior Laurence Chamberlain's second goal of the season gave the Mustangs momentum and first blood in the 51st minute.
 
"We were fortunate to create a corner," Chamberlain said. "Sebastian spun a good ball in and I was lucky enough to put my head on it and get it into the net."
 
Chamberlain's header came from 15 yards out beating TAMIU keeper Carlos Herrera to the near post, but the Dustdevils weren't ready to go away.
 
Rodriguez Zuniga struck for the equalizer when he redirected Michael Iskander low drive in the center of the box into the net in the 69th minute.
 
"We knew it was going to be a hard-fought match," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "It was a bit of a chippy game but it usually is when we meet. We're just happy to get the win and move on to Sunday."
 
The teams combined for 29 foul calls, but it was Texas A&M International that appeared unravel as Aaron Zuniga drew an ejection in the 81st minute as one of five bookings for the Dustdevils.
 
TAMIU's goal also lit a fire under the Mustangs.
 
"It sparked us to be a little more aggressive and a little angrier," Chamberlain said. "That allowed us to finish the game off."
 
Sophomore midfielder Saad Acheampong drew a controversial foul in the box to draw a penalty kick in the 82nd minute allowing Patrick Fitzgerald to bury the game winner in the lower left corner of the net.
 
The Mustangs improved to 17-0-2 on the season, while Texas A&M International finishes at 10-5-3.

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