Hounds drop conference game to Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers

The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team easily played better than it did in an early-season loss to Midwestern State at Wichita Falls, Texas.

Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, the result was the same — a shutout loss. The Mustangs, who won the team’s first matchup 6-0, scored twice in the first half this time and held the Hounds to one shot on goal in a 2-0 victory in a Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU pitch.

Midwestern (7-2-1, 5-1 SSC) took the lead when forward Sun Potter took a lead pass from Obed Becarra down the left side and beat ENMU goalkeeper Leif Craddock to the right corner in the 20th minute. Brandon Swartzendruber scored about 11 minutes later off an indirect free kick from the left side.

Meantime, the Hounds (2-6-1, 1-5) didn’t get a shot on goal until the final minutes.
“Midwestern took advantage of their opportunities,” ENMU coach Carlos Elizondo said. “They didn’t have many shots on goal (six), but two of them went in.”

ENMU kept the Mustangs in check for most of the second half, but couldn’t get in position to score and put some pressure on the visitors.

“They’re coming around and doing some good things,” Elizondo said of his squad. “We just need to be able to finish our opportunities.”

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior forwards Kara Henderson and Megan Dozier scored goals and junior goalkeeper Stephanie Sanchez notched seven saves on Sunday, helping Eastern New Mexico University edge Angelo State 2-1 in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match.

Henderson took a pass from freshman forward Kimberley Anaya and found the back of the net just over three minutes into the contest. Dozier then scored her team-leading fifth goal with just under 26 minutes left for a 2-0 lead.

Four of Dozier’s goals have been game-winners for the Zias (5-5, 1-2 LSC).
Ashley Tatum put the Rambelles (6-3-1, 1-2-1) on the board about two minutes later, but Sanchez and the ENMU defense held Angelo off the board the rest of the way to preserve the win.

The Zias, who have played six consecutive road matches after a season-opening four-game homestand, return to the ENMU pitch for a 4 p.m. match on Thursday against Dixie State College of St. George, Utah.