San Antonio – Third-ranked Midwestern State University scored two goals in a three-minute span of the first half and controlled play throughout, leading the Mustangs to a 3-0 win over St. Mary’s University in the season-opening men’s soccer match for both teams Friday afternoon at St. Mary’s Soccer Field.

The Rattlers held the highly ranked Mustangs in check for the first 30 minutes, but MSU broke through in the 33rd minute. Rob Humphrey sent a cross to the middle of the field where Craig Sutherland waited and one-touched it past goalkeeper Brett Collier (Jr., Schertz) for the first goal. Just three minutes later, the Mustangs struck again. Ahmad Ihmeidan took a through ball from Sutherland, got past the last defender, then slipped the ball past Collier for the second goal of the game.

Daniel Brown put the finishing touches on the win for the Mustangs, taking a free kick from Ihmeidan and finding the right corner of the net to give the Mustangs a three-goal advantage.

MSU controlled play in the game, outshooting the Rattlers 15-3 and taking eight corner kicks to just one for St. Mary’s.

With the loss the Rattlers are 0-1 on the season, while Midwestern State is 1-0. St. Mary’s will return to action on Friday, Sept. 5 when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to face Newman University in the Heartland Conference opener for both teams at 7 p.m.

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