Zia soccer falls to Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State’s Ashley Hornisher scored off a penalty kick early in the second overtime Thursday to lift the Mustangs to a 2-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match.
Hornisher took a pass inside the penalty box from teammate Kari Bristow and beat ENMU goalkeeper Stephanie Sanchez with just more than two minutes elapsed in the second 10-minute, sudden-death OT period.

Midwestern (2-1-1, 1-0-1 LSC) dominated the match with 14-2 differential in shots on goal.

ENMU scored first, though, when junior Amy Wilcox took a pass from senior Megan Dozier and scored on a breakaway just over six minutes into the first half. The Zias (3-3, 0-1) held the lead until the Mustangs tied it when Sabrina Perriman punched in a rebound shot with just over 18 minutes left in regulation.

“Basically, we were doing OK (early),” Zias coach Travis McCorkle said. “At halftime, we just talked about not trying to play defensively.”

McCorkle was encouraged by playing one of the LSC’s better teams tough, but said the Zias still have work to do. ENMU plays a non-league match Saturday at Dallas Baptist.

“We still have to have more of the play,” he said. “We’re going to try and make some adjustments for Dallas Baptist.”