By Matthew Royal, staff writer
The Newman Men’s soccer team went down fighting against Midwestern State on Friday afternoon as windy conditions at Wilkins Field made it difficult for the Mustangs, who took the game with a narrow 0-1 victory.
The Jets came out strong in the opening minutes possessing the ball nicely and putting together some good passes.
However, it was the visitors who looked to threaten the goal first and despite its best efforts the defensive line and the goalkeeper played particularly well at keeping the Mustangs out, said Head Coach Cliff Brown.
“In my 13 years as a coach at MSU, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Midwestern Head Coach Doug Elder said. “We hit the post a few times and they had 11 players in the box on every one of our corners.”
In particular, goalkeeper Robin Allard put in a solid performance for the Jets. “I had to go over and shake his hand. In my time at Midwestern, I’ve never seen a guy make so many saves. Good saves, too. So many were diving and sprawling,” Elder said.
“The defense had improved significantly from the last game as every player worked quickly to close down and block threatening shots from the offensive Mustangs,” assistant coach Chris Vaughn said.
Elder, whose team is ranked No. 1, had a lot of compliments for Allard, the Jets goalkeeper who was awarded Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The Jets are next to host Oklahoma Christian at 7 p.m. on Satruday at Wilkins Field.