The Ardmoreite

Peter Nwaneri scored four goals as Murray State College survived a back-and-forth second half to beat Western Texas College 5-3 on Monday at Regional Park in Ardmore.

“Western Texas College is a strong Division 1 Juco team with good soccer history,” Murray State coach Shane Ross said. “We started sluggish but absorbed the pressure well.

“Nwaneri was on fire today, scoring two goals in first half and two in the second half. After he scored his first-half goals we allowed Western to get one back.”

After intermission, the Aggies fought the wind as they worked to build on a 2-1 lead, an advantage Ross described as “a dreaded 2-1 lead that is never comfortable.”

“We seemed to find a fire in our bellies we didn't show in the first half. A yo-yo back and forth of goals kept the game close and entertaining.

“For the first time this season Tony Hernandez ended his drought by finishing his one chance.”

Murray State returns to play at 5 p.m. Friday at Mountain View College in Dallas. According to the National Junior College Athletic Association website, the Aggies are 4-0.

"I am very happy for the team but we must learn to eliminate the mistakes that led to their three goals," Ross said. The score, 5-3, "is a good result against a top team that will do well this season."