Peter Nwaneri and Kyle Wisnewski scored first-half goals for Murray State.
The Aggies possessed the most dangerous halftime lead in soccer during their home opener.
Mountain View College had the wind at its back during the second half; MSC adjusted to a safer style. Goalkeeper Cameron Horsfall had five or six saves, he estimated, and came off his line to clear other through balls in the Aggies’ 2-0 win Saturday at Regional Park.
Tadeo D’Apollo set up Nwaneri’s goal by dribbling down the touchline, beat one or two defenders, Wisnewski recalled.
“He held it up, and then got all the way to the edge of the endline inside the box,” Wisnewski said. “A nice, firm cross to Peter near post. It was a very good goal. Well-worked.”
Wisnewski said he scored his goal by hanging around the back post during a corner or a throw-in, “sort of looking for some scraps. As they sort of cleared the ball toward the edge of the box, Johnny Cronin picked up the ball. I kind of cheated: I really should’ve been dropping off and sort of helping support in case of a counterattack.
“I sort of held my line and made sure I was onside. I yelled at him to pass me the ball and he thread it through to me. I sort of faked the defender like I was going in to get the ball and sort of dropped the shoulder, and closed my eyes and kicked it. It went in, thankfully.”
That last sentence caused Wheeler and Horsfall to chuckle, as the duo stood beside Wisnewski while he spoke.
Coach Shane Ross said his team had a really good first half.
“We kind of controlled the game (and) possession,” he said.
A 2-0 lead is widely known as the most dangerous advantage. At half, Horsfall said the team discussed what it did well during the first half.
“We just needed to keep doing that and not lose the momentum we had,” he said. “We (also) talked about what we were doing wrong to then learn what we needed to change.”
The two teams played a scoreless second half.
“We had to change the way we played,” said Matt Wheeler, a defender. “We now knew we couldn’t just smack long balls. We had to play shorter.
“We knew they’d be a strong side and they would come at us straight off the bat. That’s why we made sure in that first 10, 15, minutes we were really tight and structured — and then really focused in that last 15 minutes because we knew they were going to be fit. We were able to hold them out.”
The Aggies (2-0-1) earned a 4-1 victory at Randall University on Aug. 24.