Lady Mustangs sweep Truman State in opener

Damian Atamenwan

File photo from fall 2010. Women's soccer again East Central University. Photo by Hannah Hofmann

The MSU Mustangs trampled on the Truman Bulldogs in a phenomenal game that ended 2-1 Friday afternoon at the Nebraska-Omaha soccer field.

Midwestern State’s victory against Truman marked the former’s fifth seasonal opening victory within the past six years.

Truman State, who eliminated MSU from the NCAA Division II tournament, was

in for a surprise from the Lady Mustangs. MSU was able to open the scoring within 5 minutes of play.

Sophomore Emily Saville took advantage of a defensive flaw by the Bulldogs and gave the Mustangs the lead. But the Bulldogs were able to strike back and tie the game eight minutes later.

MSU was whistled after an infringement in the box and Jaclyn Schuman converted the penalty.

“Both teams played really well, being the first for each side,” said Women’s Soccer Coach Jeff Trimble.

The Mustangs didn’t let up, playing a strong defense game. They pushed forward

in their offense and were rewarded with the winning goal in the 32nd minute.

Senior Lindsay Pritchard made a run down-field then lobbed a pass to Kelsey Hill who finished the winning play. All the scoring took place in the first half. The girls played defensively in the second half to maintain the lead.

Goal Keeper Mallory made important saves and did a good job communicating with the back line.

The back line was strong and the four defenders did really well, said Trimble. The women were able to prevent Truman players from pushing forward and scoring another goal, to tie the game a second time.

Central mid-fielders Hanna Staley and Maddie Fraser impressed their coach as they did a great job leading the defence.

Trimble said the team came close to scoring another goal within the last 15 minutes.

“This game really does impact the season,” Trimble said. “A win against one of the top teams is a good start.”

He said there was still room for improvement and the team can always play harder and better.

MSU plays Southwest Baptist this Thursday, 8 p.m., at the MSU soccer field.

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