Midwestern State fired in a pair of rapid fire goals in the first half then hung on for a 2-1 win over 15th-ranked West Texas A&M Tuesday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"It was the usual WT/Midwestern brawl on the field," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "Any time you get a win over that team, it's a big deal. Now, we have another big test in front of us on Saturday."
The result extended MSU's unbeaten streak to seven games as the Mustangs improved to 7-3-1 on the season. It was their third straight win over a ranked opponent -- all in the last four games.
Midwestern now heads to Austin to take on No. 4-ranked St. Edward's (Texas) Saturday at Lewis-Chen Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The Hilltoppers claimed a 2-1 overtime win over the Mustangs last month in Wichita Falls. MSU hasn't lost since.
The Mustangs jumped all over West Texas A&M early.
Junior defender Chase Robertson grasped control of a loose ball on the run near the center line, traveled and blasted a shot just under the crossbar from 30 yards out to give the Mustangs a quick 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
A mere 67 seconds later, sophomore defender Javan Toledo led junior forward Dan Johns with a through ball down the right wing. Johns made a quick touch in the box then beat WT goalkeeper Garrett Cooper with a hard shot to the far post for a commanding two-goal lead just over 21 minutes into the match.
"After we scored our two goals, they really took it to us for a little bit. I think we thought it was over and let them have a few chances," Elder said.