Midwestern State shuts out Hounds

CNJ staff

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team easily played better than it did in an early-season loss to Midwestern State at Wichita Falls, Texas.

The result was the same — a shutout loss. The Mustangs, who won the teams’ first matchup 6-0, scored twice in the first half this time and held the Hounds to one shot on goal in a 2-0 victory in a Southwest Soccer Conference match at the ENMU pitch.

Midwestern (7-2-1, 5-1 SSC) took the lead when forward Sun Potter took a lead pass from Obed Becarra down the left side and beat ENMU goalkeeper Leif Craddock to the right corner in the 20th minute. Brandon Swartzendruber scored about 11 minutes later off an indirect free kick from the left side.

Meantime, the Hounds (2-6-1, 1-5) didn’t get a shot on goal until the final minutes.

“Midwestern took advantage of their opportunities,” ENMU coach Carlos Elizondo said. “They didn’t have many shots on goal (six), but two of them went in.”

ENMU kept the Mustangs in check for most of the second half, but couldn’t get a score and put some pressure on the visitors.

“They’re coming around and doing some good things,” Elizondo said of his squad. “We just need to be able to finish our opportunities.”

Craddock played a solid game in goal, Elizondo said.

“Leif made some great saves today,” he said. “When our defense plays well, it makes him look so much better and our defense isn’t playing bad right now.”