The Mustangs (11-3-2) sit idle until learning their postseason fate a week from Monday on the Division II Men's Soccer Selection set for Monday, Nov. 11 via a Web stream on NCAA.com.
MSU posted a 9-0-2 mark over its last 11 matches since starting the season with a 1-3 mark. Despite settling for a scoreless draw with Eastern New Mexico Friday, results have fallen the Mustangs' way.
Colorado Mines, who came into the week as the region's top-ranked side dropped a 5-4 decision to Fort Lewis Friday night, while No. 3 St. Edward's (Texas) fell to Lubbock Christian 1-0 earlier in the week then drew with Texas A&M International 1-1 on Saturday.
The NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee releases its final regular season rankings on Wednesday.
The Mustangs wasted little time jumping on NAIA Houston-Victoria as senior VcMor Eligwe broke through to blast a shot off of UH-V keeper Henrik Hundesrugge which landed at the feet of senior midfielder B.A. Catney, who ripped it into the net for his third goal of the season.
Houston-Victoria rode the attack of Christian Turman who took five of Cougars six total shots on the afternoon placing only one frame.
And MSU sophomore Nick Petolick gobbled up the lone save to notch his eighth clean sheet in 11 starts to lower his NCAA Division II leading goals against average to 0.26.
The Mustangs tacked on two goals after intermission with the first coming on a combination off of a throw in the 74th minute.
Chase Robertson delivered the ball deep into the box and sophomore forward Idi Camara center it to open junior forward Len Smith, who buried his team best eighth goal of the season.
Junior defender Kalen Ryden converted a penalty kick resulting from a hand ball in the box for his first goal of the season in the 80th minute of play.
Houston-Victoria, coached by former Midwestern Graduate Assistant and player Adrian Rigby, fell to 9-5-2.
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