Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Midwestern State Athletics

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State's Paulo Teixeira cut the uneasy tension in Sunday afternoon's NCAA Division II second round contest at the MSU Soccer Field.

And buried No. 3 Colorado Mines with a 25-yard bomb from the right wing tin the 88th minute to clinch a 3-1 win for the Mustangs who improved to 18-0-2 and advanced their home field unbeaten streak to 32 matches.

"These guys just keep getting it down no matter who we're playing," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "These guys have shown a lot of character and really deserve it."

MSU moves on to its fourth NCAA II national quarterfinal and faces Chico State, who tallied two goals in the final four minutes Saturday to upend Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in the West Region final.

Midwestern State and Chico State square off for a Final Four berth next Saturday at University Soccer Stadium in Chico, Calif. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (Central Time).

MSU defender Dean Lovegrove knocked in a free kick from 25 yards out to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of play, and then the Mustangs took a seemingly commanding lead less than four minutes into the second half.

Junior midfielder Casey Hibbs served a cross into the box toward Nathan Fitzgerald and Bryce Taylor near the center of the box.

"Nate was going to hit it," Taylor said. "But I called him off and it glanced off of the defender's head and into the goal."

The Orediggers, who close the season at 17-2-2, took advantage of a misplay on Mustangs' back line to pull with 2-1 on Baski Baker's 13th goal of the season just two minutes later.

The Mustangs dominated the opening half with an 11-4 edge in shots taken, but managed just four after intermission.

"I felt like we played too defensively," Elder said. "But I knew we would get some counter-attacks. We just had to weather the storm."

Teixeira worked the ball from midfield to just outside box in the 88th minute and put the game out of reach.

The Mustangs will make their fourth national quarterfinal appearance (2003, 2007, 2008) including a Final Four run in 2007.