MSU Roundup: Football and Golf
Midwestern State's Marqui Christian garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors as released Tuesday afternoon by league officials.
The senior from Spring accounted for a team-high 11 tackles including five solo stops to spur the Mustangs to a 31-3 win over Truman State in the season opener Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The 6-1, 205-pound safety played a key role in helping MSU limit the Bulldogs to 171 yards of total offense which was the fewest the Mustangs have allowed since holding Texas A&M-Kingsville to 147 yards on Nov. 1, 2014.
Christian upped his career total to 211 tackles and needs 57 more to move to the top of MSU's all-time tackle chart.
Angelo State's Kyle Washington garnered top offensive honors after amassing for 380 yards of total offense and accounting four touchdowns in a 52-31 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State, while ASU sophomore Fred Lawrence garnered special teams accolades scoring on a 93-yard punt return.
Midwestern State hits the road to take on Colorado Mesa Saturday night in Grand Junction. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Central Time).
Midwestern State's Hayley Dambold flashed her potential while leading the Mustangs to a team win at the season opening Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational played at the Par-71, 6,026-yard course at the Pueblo Country Club in Pueblo, Colorado.
The junior from Highland Village fired a 1-over 72 to finish with a two-round total of 148 (+6) just three strokes behind top individual medalist Rachel Sweeney of Lewis (Ill.), who carded rounds of 74 and 71.
"Hayley played well from tee to green and did a great job of putting the ball in the right part of the green," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "That was important here because the greens were playing really fast. Hopefully this gives Hayley the confidence to play how we she can."
Dambold needed just 28 putts to deliver the second best round of the tournament, but the Mustangs enjoyed a solid all-around day.
Junior Sierra Campbell notched her 10th Top 10 finish of her career placing sixth with a two-round total of 151 (+9) carding rounds of 77 and 74 while showed consistency with her fourth career Top 10 showing placing eighth firing scores of 78 and 76 for a total of 154 (+12).
Sophomore Sarah Moore bounced back from an opening round 82 for team countable score of 78 in the final round to place 20th at 18-over, while freshman May Chimsuti finished tied for 43rd with a 26-over total of 168.
Junior Madison Smith played brilliantly as an individual medalist scoring rounds of 82 and 75 for a 15-over total of 157 to tie for 16th.
"I was really proud of all of them," Ray said. "It was a great way to start a season. You could tell they really wanted to win and they beared down and got the job done."
Midwestern State returns to Colorado to compete in the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Tournament Preview on Sept. 28-29 at the Common Ground Golf Course in Aurora.
Following a 2-0 start to the 2015 season, which included a dominant 4-1 victory over No. 4 Colorado Mesa, the Midwestern State men's soccer team appeared at No. 9 in the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 National Poll released Wednesday.
Midwestern moved up 11 spots from its No. 20 NSCAA preseason ranking that was released in early August.
The Mustangs opened the season Friday by posting a 3-1 victory over Fort Lewis at MSU Soccer Field, snapping a two-game losing skid to the Skyhawks.
Midwestern followed Sunday with a highly-anticipated matchup with the Mavericks of Colorado Mesa, a team that eliminated MSU from the NCAA Tournament a season ago. The 20th-ranked Mustangs evened the score with CMU with a 4-1 win over the visitors with three second half goals.
Senior forward Albert Rodriguez led Midwestern with three goals and one assist during opening weekend, recording both game winners for the Mustangs. Senior midfielder Juan Farres totaled four points for MSU last weekend with one goal and two assists, while senior defender Call Casarez and junior midfielders Flavio Guzman and Gabriel Cavalcante also added scores for the Mustangs.
Midwestern topped the South Central Region poll, and was followed by two other nationally-ranked programs in No. 12 Colorado State-Pueblo and No. 22 St. Edward's (Texas). Regis (Colo.), No. 4 in the region, received votes in this week's national poll.
Lynn (Fla.), which claimed its second national championship in the last three years in 2014, remained at No. 1 in the top 25. The Fighting Knights are followed by Charleston (W. Va.), Young Harris (Ga.), Southern New Hampshire, Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), Lindenwood (Mo.), Limestone (N.C.), Midwestern State and Florida Tech to make up the top 10 of the national poll.
The Mustangs continue their homestand Thursday when they host Southern Nazarene (Okla.) in a 7 p.m. contest at MSU Soccer Field. Head coach Doug Elder will look to become the winningest coach in Midwestern men's soccer history as he goes for his 222nd win.