Polanco
MSU

AUSTIN, Texas -- Metro State stretched a one-goal halftime lead to a 4-1 win against West Texas A&M on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Roadrunners, who improved to 14-5-2 overall, will face St. Edward's on Sunday in the South Central region semifinals. WTAMU fell to 13-7-1 with the loss.

Freshman Noemy Polanco scored her first career goal for the game's first goal at 38:15. Brandi Farley ripped a cross from the right corner to the far side of the box, leaving Polanco with a wide open shot for the score.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, Kelci Newlin scored her first goal of the season 12 minutes into the second half off a corner kick. Abby Rolph's corner from the right side was headed by Karisa Price to the center of the box for Newlin's shot.

Rolph piled on another goal less than three minutes later after Maggie Rojas played a ball through a defender to Rolph, who ran ahead of the defense. Rolph's shot came from the top of the box over a charging goalkeeper, giving MSU the 3-0 lead.

The Lady Buffs scored on one of their two shots on goal at 75:29. Becky Peth shot from 25 yards out on the left wing. The ball bounced off the far post and into the net.

MSU got back its three-goal advantage nine minutes later when Aubrey Fondy scored on a wide-open shot from the right side in the box after a cross from Shursteen Sharpe.

WTAMU had three good scoring chances in the first half on counterattacks, but the Roadrunners dominated the rest of play. The first attempt was cleared off the line by a Metro State defender eight minutes into the game. In the 23rd minute, Jordan Simkins made a diving save on a screened shot from the top of the box. Just two minutes before Polanco's first goal, Leslie Briggs had a shot hit off the post.

Simkins made one save for MSU, which outshot the Lady Buffs 19-7.