The Mustangs advanced to the regional finals for the second straight season after being held to just two shots on goal in the regional semifinals against Colorado Mesa.
“The guys grinded. We grinded, and we never let up, we never quit. We kind of had a feeling that we were going to get a chance or two whether it was in regulation at the end, or overtime, because they were getting tired. We subbed a lot, we played probably seventeen players, and they probably played thirteen players..Proud of the guys, man, it wasn’t our best performance, but hey, we won, we’re on to the next round, and Mustang park, the guys came through for us today,” says head coach, Doug Elder.
Christian Okeke’s game winner was his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
In his last game at the MSU Soccer Field goalkeeper Noah Fazekas recorded six saves.
“Just with all the experience I’ve been through. I’ve been here a long time. You just have to keep the boys going. As captain of the team, you got to keep them going, We didn’t play our best game, but we held it together, and I had to make the saves I had to make, defense stepped it up at the end as well, and we got a late goal, and it just worked out for us,” says Fazekas.
The Mustangs face top seed St. Edward’s in a Regional Final in California. It’ll be their third meeting of the season – the last time they met, the Hilltoppers denied the Mustangs of the Heartland conference title.
“Just another game. We’ve got to look at it as just another game. They beat us here last Sunday, and we’re very happy to have another shot at them. We’re excited to get to California and get to work, and get to the Elite 8.”