Dwyer leads No. 22 Midwestern State past RiverHawks in OT
Published: October 14, 2011
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State senior Chris Dwyer headed in his seventh goal of the season 53 seconds into the first overtime period to give the 22nd-ranked Mustangs a 2-1 result over Northeastern State Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"Our guys felt a lot of pressure tonight," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "I felt they were disappointed coming off of last weekend. We were able to persevere and get the win tonight."
The Mustangs shook off a pair of defeats to improve to 8-3 while pushing NSU to 7-2-2.
The win gives Midwestern a likely leg up in the regional rankings with crucial head-to-head victories over the RiverHawks and Texas A&M International as the trio of teams battles for the second and final NCAA Division II postseason berth behind South Central leading Incarnate Word.
Midwestern and Northeastern State battle once more later this month in Tahlequah.
The Mustangs got out to a quick start as Dwyer threaded a through ball down the right wing for junior David Freeland, who took a couple a touches before blasting the ball past NSU goalkeeper Jordan Ladbrooke in the game''s 5th minute.
"We started out well and were in control and then we let them score," Elder said. "We need to be a little tighter in the back."
Northeastern State''s Henry Wildenborg collected a loose ball just inside the 18-yard box and drilled an unassisted goal past MSU goalkeeper Michael Wood for the equalizer in 31st minute.
The teams battled evenly over the final 59 minutes and were dead even with 13 shots each and three shots on frame at the end of regulation.
But the Mustangs turned up the aggressiveness in the opening minute of overtime as senior Dean Lovegrove collected an attempted clear and served it back into the box. Dwyer connected on a high arcing header into the back of the net to give MSU the victory.
"Dwyer came through," Elder said. "It was a nice goal and a goodl challenge. We just have to keep playing and get a win on Sunday."
Midwestern State plays host to Newman (Kan.) Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.