Midwestern St. gets first tourney win
Pritchard’s goal sends Mustangs into second round
ABILENE, Texas -- Senior forward Lindsay Pritchard drilled in her seventh goal of the season to carry Midwestern State to a 1-0 win over St. Edward's (Texas) in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Regionals Friday afternoon at the Wildcat Soccer Pitch.
The landmark result was the first NCAA postseason win for the Mustangs, who advance to the second round Sunday afternoon against host Abilene Christian. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
"By no means are we satisfied," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "We feel good about getting that first NCAA soccer win and I'm proud of the girls. They are excited about the win, but more eager for the next game.
"They really pressure the ball and we had a tough time adjusting to it in the first 10 minutes," Trimble said.
St. Edward's sophomore senior forward Kelly Servage got behind the MSU defense in the match's fourth minute and had MSU goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth beaten but junior defender Berklee Dressler cleared the ball off of the line.
The ball went back to Servage who crushed another shot on frame which caromed off of Whitworth to SEU's Kate Orkild, who sent the ball over the crossbar.
"We really dodged a bullet there," Trimble said.
Then in the 22nd minute, Pritchard gathered in a clear on the right wing.
"She was looking to play it to the back post, but she drove it hard," Trimble said. "The keeper made a play on it and it hit the post and went in. If she wouldn't have struck it hard, there wouldn't be a goal."
The Mustangs survived a 9-5 barrage by SEU in the opening half before settling in to create opportunities on a counter attack.
Midwestern State will face Abilene Christian for the fourth time this season as the Wildcats claimed both regular season matchups by one-goal margins.
"We know then and they know us, but familiarity is a good thing for us," Trimble said. "We're playing really good soccer right now."