MSU improves to 3-1-1 on the season

Damian Atamenwan

Senior forward Kelsey Hill's breakthrough led to Midwestern State's third goal against the University of Incarnate Word. (Photo by Hannah Hofmann)

The No. 22 Midwestern women’s soccer team trailed Angelo State Friday night but bounced back Sunday afternoon to shut-out Incarnate Word.

The first half was filled with opportunities which the Mustangs were unable to convert.

Mid-fielder Maddie Fraser supplied textbook passes to the forwards but still no goals.

MSU did a good job playing from the wings to the box but goals never came.

The second half started with the Mustangs playing with a greater momentum.

Senior Forward Lindsey Pritchard made an attempt on goal in the 53rd minute that was cleared off by the Angelo State’s Goalkeeper Taylor Carinald.

Pritchard also tried to pick out Kelsey Hill with a cross near the 6-yard box but slightly missed.

Then the 62nd minute goal came.

The Rambelles’ Maggie Schaffer fired a shot into the upper-right corner beyond Mallory Whitworth’s reach.

Despite the opener, Whitworth played a superb game frustrating the Angelo State attack.

The highlight of the game was definitely Whitworth’s penalty save in the 66th minute.

Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jeff Trimble was disappointed with the result Friday.

“I felt like we could have played much better,” he said “Angelo State is a good team but we have to be smarter around  the goal.”

Overall, Angelo State did a good enough job preventing the Mustangs from getting on the scoreboard.

After Friday night’s loss, the Mustangs were ready to get back to business against the University of Incarnate Word.

MSU went ahead in the 10th minute when Fraser picked out Pritchard who slid the ball past UIW’s Goalkeeper Tori Puentes.

The Mustangs had to wait for the second half to extend their lead.

Sophomore Emily Saville marked her third goal of the season from a deflected Prichard cross in the 52nd minute.

Apparently the Cardinals’ tactic of dropping defenders did no good because the Mustangs kept scoring.

MSU kept the vibe going and was rewarded with another goal within three minutes.

Hill was thankful for a through ball from Callie Briesno which she tucked in for the 3-0 lead.

Then with assists from Berklee Dressler and Katy Catney, the winning goal came to be.

Sophomore Forward Mickey Brown ended the scoring spree in the 80th minute with a phenomenal ball placement.

“Sunday we played much better in the offensive third of the field and it forced Incarnate to have to get out of their defensive scheme,” Trimble said.

“It was a great result,” he added. “Especially coming off of Friday’s difficult loss.”

Midwestern State will be hosted by West Texas A & M on Friday and  then Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

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