Freeland carries #22 MSU to a 1-0 win over Newman (Kan.)
Published: October 16, 2011
WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State''s strategy to move David Freeland around to take advantage of mismatches paid off in spades Sunday afternoon.
The junior from Odessa beat charging Newman goalkeeper Jason Dewey to a loose ball outside of the box in the 85th minute then buried a shot from a harsh angle on the left wing to power the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory at the MSU Soccer Field.
"It was a pretty hard angle to score and it was a great individual effort," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We held our serve at home and look forward to a great game Friday."
The Mustangs improved their unbeaten streak at home to 38 matches while moving to 9-3 on the season. Midwestern now braces for a showdown with rival and No. 5-ranked Incarnate Word Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
It took time for the Mustangs solve Dewey, who made 10 saves before leaving with an injury in the 88th minute.
"We had some opportunities we should have finished early on," Elder said. "We knew with our injuries we would have to grind out a victory. We got it done."
Midwestern controlled possession while dominating the run of play as the Mustangs owned a 28-11 edge in shots and a 9-1 margin on corner kicks.
Senior Chris Dwyer pounded a one-timer off of a cross from Casey Hibbs off of the Newman keeper in the 25th minute. The rebound came free to Freeland but his shot was blocked from the open by a Jets defender.
Chase Robertson serve from just inside box in the 85th minute narrowly missed giving MSU a two-goal edge in a very physical contest.
Newman dropped its third consecutive match to fall to 3-9-1. The Jets had played four straight overtime match which included narrow defeats to No. 19 Northeastern State and to No. 9 Incarnate Word.