Top-ranked Midwestern beats Hounds

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Southwest Soccer Conference champion Midwestern State managed only four shots on goal against Eastern New Mexico University on Friday, but it was enough as the Mustangs posted a 3-0 victory at the ENMU pitch.

Midwestern State (17-1, 7-0 SSC), which closes the regular season on Sunday at West Texas A&M, got a goal and an assist from Craig Sutherland

The Mustangs broke through nearly 27 minutes into the contest when Ahmad Ihmeidan one-timed a shot past ENMU goalkeeper Peter Horak on an assist from Sutherland. They made it 2-0 late in the half when Nick Auditore scored off a rebound, then Sutherland added his 16th goal of the season about 13 minutes into the second half.

ENMU (6-10-2, 3-4-1) finished the season third in the five-team SSC. The Hounds were playing their first match at home since an Oct. 8 win over West Texas A&M after finishing off a seven-match road stretch last weekend.