Hounds play Mustangs to scoreless tie

CNJ staff

Eastern New Mexico University’s men’s soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to a school-record seven matches on Monday, battling Midwestern State to a scoreless double-overtime draw at the ENMU pitch.

The Greyhounds (7-3-2) had won five in a row before the draw. They are 1-17-2 all-time against the Mustangs, but 1-0-2 in the past three seasons at home, with their only win over MSU coming two years ago Monday.

The closest either team came to scoring was in the 52nd minute after ENMU was called for a foul in the penalty box, but freshman goalkeeper Severin Niessen was able to make a diving stop to his left on Paul Sunderland’s penalty kick to preserve his shutout.

ENMU had an opportunity in the final 10 seconds of the second OT after freshman midfielder Jose Hernandez was fouled just outside the penalty box. Senior midfielder Andy Wilkinson nearly curved his ball inside the left post, but left it just wide as time ran out.

It was the Hounds’ first scoreless tie since Oct. 31, 2011, when they battled then-No. 12 Incarnate Word to a stalemate.

Niessen, from Cologne, Germany, made six saves en route to his third shutout of the year.

The Mustangs had a 20-19 edge in total shots, including 12-6 on goal, and posted an 11-4 margin in corner kicks. MSU keeper Nick Petolick made five stops and is yet to allow a goal this season.

ENMU returns to action on Friday with a 4 p.m. (MDT) start against 14th-ranked Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan.

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