The Raiders sweep the Aggies Sunday.
During the initial 35 minutes of the second half, Murray State coach Shane Ross believed his team would find the tying goal.
The Aggies couldn’t convert on their chances against a “well-organized” Rose State College team, falling 3-2 Sunday in Midwest City.
MSC “gifted” the Raiders three goals, Ross said, including the first tally in the early going.
Rose State doubled its lead by converting a penalty kick. Aggies goalkeeper Cameron Horsfall came off his line to challenge the Raiders’ center fielder Horsfall won the ball, but his momentum caused a collision with his opponent.
The Aggies responded. Peter Nwaneri scored “a great goal” in a one-on-one battle against Rose State’s goalkeeper.
The Raiders scored shortly after the ensuing kickoff.
Near the end of the half, Agana Bowen buried a shot which Ross described as an “absolute screamer into the bottom-right corner.”
“The second half got real exciting,” Ross said. It was “quite an exciting game.”
The Raiders, a Division I NJCAA team that can offer scholarships, prevailed.
“We’re holding our own,” Ross said, “and still competing.”
The women's team also lost to Rose State, 2-0.
Murray State will play a doubleheader against Ranger College on Wednesday at Regional Park. The women's game will begin at 2 p.m. while the men's game is slated to begin at 4 p.m.