No. 3 Midwestern St Downs E. New Mexico
Nov. 6, 2010
Courtesy of Midwestern St.
PORTALES, N.M. - David Freeland drilled a shot into the lower left side of the net to lift No. 2 Midwesern State to a 3-2 Lone Star Conference win over Eastern New Mexico Friday afternoon at the ENMU Soccer Field.
The Mustangs extended their regular season winning streak to 31 matches and improved to 15-0-2 and 6-0-1.
MSU, which has already claimed its fifth straigin conference title, closes the regular season Sunday afternoon at West Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
"It was a crazy game," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "I thought they came out flat and felt pretty pretty secure with a 2-0 halftime lead."
Junior midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on a shot from 35 yards out.
"I was going to yell at him for hitting it from that far out it knuckled and went in," Elder said.
Redshirt freshman VcMor Eligwe put the Mustangs up 2-0 when emerged from a scrum in the 32nd minute for his ninth goal goal of the season to seemingly give MSU a commanding lead.
"They weren't threatening or doing a whole lot," Elder said. "Then we did something we haven't done all year and just couldn't get to a ball on corner kicks."
The Greyhounds converted on chances in the 49th and 71st minutes powered by goals by Dreauz Plair and Michael Stewart to equalize the match at 2-2.
"It was a little disappointing, but we will sort that out," Elder said. "We're finding away to win and that says a lot about the guys."
Junior Chris Dwyer failed to convert an opportunity in the the 83rd minute before Dean Lovegrove worked the ball up the left wing and found Freeland free on the back side of the defense.
"David made a nice first touch and buried it low and to the left corner," Elder said.
Eastern New Mexico fell to 8-8-2 on the season.