WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If nothing else, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team has shown it can play with a top-10 program.
The Greyhounds battled seventh-ranked Midwestern State to a scoreless double-overtime tie on Friday night, the second time this season ENMU has done that against the Mustangs (10-3-2).
MSU leads the all-time series 17-1-3, but the Hounds (8-5-4) have managed their lone win and all three ties over the past two seasons.
Both teams had 20 total shots, with ENMU posting a 9-5 margin in shots on goal and a 9-6 edge over the Mustangs in corner kicks.
Freshman goalkeeper Severin Niessen notched his fifth shutout of the season for the Hounds, while MSU sophomore Nick Petoliock earned his sixth shutout.
The Hounds wrap up their season on Thursday with a 2 p.m. (MST) contest at Lubbock Christian.
Zias absorb damaging loss — Hoping to nail down the fourth and final Lone Star Conference tournament berth for next week, the ENMU women’s soccer team instead absorbed a 1-0 setback to Texas Woman’s on Friday at Denton, Texas, and fell into a tie with the Pioneers for last place in the six-team league.
ENMU can still get in, but the Zias (4-7-5, 1-4-4 LSC) are in the somewhat odd position of needing to win at third-place Texas A&M-Commerce in Sunday’s regular-season finale while hoping that West Texas A&M (4-8-5, 2-5-2) and TWU ( 5-10-2, 2-6-1) play to a tie in Denton to get in. The Lady Buffs, who beat Commerce 3-1 on Friday night, have eight points (three points for a win, one for a tie) while ENMU and TWU have seven apiece.
Either WT or TWU, which has the tiebreaker on the Ziasl, will clinch the final berth with a win.
The Pioneers got the night’s only goal from Erin Bolinger in the 53rd minute, coming off a corner kick.
Ariana Morrison earned the shutout in goal for the Pioneers with two saves, while ENMU junior Fabienne Wilson had three stops.
ENMU clinches volleyball berth — The bad news is the ENMU volleyball team lost its 15th consecutive match to sixth-ranked West Texas A&M on Friday night.
The good news? The Zias clinched their first LSC tournament berth in nine years despite a 25-9, 25-11, 25-16 setback to the Lady Buffs at Canyon, Texas.
Sophomore middle blocker Lexi Davis had 11 blocks on just 12 attacks for the Lady Buffs (22-3, 12-0 LSC), who won their 21st consecutive match at The Box and improved to 60-11 all-time against the Zias (5-16, 3-9), who haven’t won in the series since 2004 when they eventuallly lost the NCAA Division II regional finals.
ENMU never led in the match, managing five ties with three of those coming in the third set.
Junior outside hitter Lauren Bevan added nine kills for WT, while junior outside hitter/setter Kameryn Hayes had eight kills and 30 assists. For the Zias, who played well against the Lady Buffs earlier in Portales and managed to win a set from them for the first time in six years, freshman outside hitters Courtney Lawson and Lauren Frye had eight and six kills, respectively.
ENMU, eighth in the nine-team LSC, assured itself no worse than the final spot in the eight-team league tournament because of a four-game lead in the loss column over last-place Cameron (6-19, 0-13) and a season sweep of the Aggies. The Zias have four LSC matches left while the Aggies have just three.
The Zias return to action on Tuesday with a non-league match at Lubbock Christian.