Midwestern State 1, A&M-Commerce 0 (2OT)
LOCATION: Commerce, Texas
RECORDS: Midwestern State (2-6-2 / 2-2-2 LSC), A&M-Commerce (2-6 / 1-4 LSC)
UP NEXT: Sunday September 30 – 3:00 p.m. – vs. Abilene Christian - Commerce, Texas
Commerce, Texas – Dayton Frookes goal with just under two minutes to play in the second overtime period to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over the Lions at a rain soaked Lion Soccer Field on Saturday September 29. The game was postponed from due to rain on Friday night was pushed back to Saturday.
The loss drops the Lions to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in Lone Star Conference play. The loss is the fourth straight for the Lions after opening up conference play with a victory at West Texas A&M two weeks ago. The victory improves the Mustangs to an even 2-2-2 in LSC play and 2-6-2 overall.
The Lions were able to control the pace during the opening 20 miuntes of the match with eight corner kicks. Off of those eight corners four shots were generated and two were on goal and were turned away by goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth. As the first half moved along the Lions were able to get some chances on goal but shots by Anitra Wright, Cadie Annett and Catie Hyde were all turned away.
After halftime the match became for physical with both sides picking fouls at a consistent basis over the second 45. These fouls led to set pieces for both teams in their respective attacking thirds. A&M-Commerce had a chance in the 60th minute but were unable to convert after a Tareyn Blanton shot was blocked and Midwestern had multiple opportunities but pushed by the Lion defense led by Hyde and Laura Heron. Wright had a chance to potentially put the Lions up but was denied when a defender blocked her shot on an open goal in the 81st minute. Cadie Annett had a shot blocked with less than five minutes remaining.
Wright has a chance to be the hero in the first over time session but her shot sailed just over the crossbar from about 25 yards out. Midwestern's only shot was blocked by the Lion defense.
In the second 10-minute overtime period Wright has another chance to win the game her shot hit the post in the 105th minute. In the 106th minute Payton Fookes came on as a sub and she soon made her presence known as she scored the game winner just two minutes in the 108th on a shot from 25 yards out about that beat Lion goalkeeper Tracey Rogers as dove to her right.
The Lions return to action on Sunday September 30 to face the Wildcats of Abilene Christian. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Lion Soccer Field.