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SMU Edges Texas State 7-4

Box Score

Feb. 14, 2012

Dallas, TX - Following a convincing season-opening victory over Texas Tech last weekend, the Mustangs of SMU (2-0, 1-0 LSA North) traveled to San Marcos, TX to avenge last year’s 9-11 loss to the Texas State Bobcats (2-2, 1-1 LSA South).  The contest featured a match-up of two relatively young teams with veterans in key positions including two extremely talented goaltenders.    

The game opened with missed opportunities for both teams.  The Mustangs were unable to convert on 11 shots during the quarter including several on the door step.  It was a similar story for the Bobcats with SMU goalie Cary Nelson (Gilman – Cockeysville, MD) standing firm in the cage all afternoon with a .714 save percentage. 

In the second quarter, freshman attackman Matt Murphy (St. Mark’s School – Dallas, TX) was finally able to open the scoring.  Junior midfielder John Sabo (Culver Academy – Plymouth, IN) buried the second goal of the game in an unsettled situation to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.  Just before the break, the Mustangs were called for a three-minute illegal stick penalty but were able to hold the Bobcat offense scoreless during that time.

Coming out of halftime, Texas State dominated time of possession in the third quarter.  Numerous transition scoring opportunities resulted in four goals for the Bobcats as the Mustang offense stalled.

Heading into the fourth quarter down 3-4, SMU freshman midfielder Michael Armstrong (Bellermine – San Jose, CA) tied the game on an extra-man possession with 11:28 remaining.  The Mustang offense then kicked into gear thanks to back-to-back goals by Matt Murphy followed by a heater from Rob Garvey (Ridgewood – Ridgewood, NJ) netting a 7-4 SMU lead with 7:29 left in the game. 

Despite some chippy play and several late SMU penalties, the defense held firm and denied all attempts by the Texas State offense to make a comeback.  The game ball was given to the man-down unit.  Cam Banta (Woodberry Forest – Westfield, NJ) led the way defensively and was all over the field with 6 ground balls. 

“Playing almost a full quarter of the game because of penalties is really not conducive to rhythm on offense” said SMU Head Coach Karl Lynch.  “Going forward it’s nice to know we can grind out a victory of this kind.”

The Mustangs have next weekend off before they host the Texas A&M Aggies (2-0, 0-0 LSA South) on February 25th for their 2012 home opener.    

 

 

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