Midwestern State jumped into the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association of America NCAA Division II rankings at No. 22 as released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs improved to 2-0-1 with a 3-0 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) last Thursday at the MSU Soccer Field on the strength of goals by Kelsey Hill, Emily Saville and Lindsay Pritchard.
The Mustangs spent seven weeks in the poll last season reaching as high as No. 18 for a three-week stretch in the middle of last season.
MSU is one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll including No. 2 St. Edward's (4-0-0), No. 12 Abilene Christian (4-0-0) and No. 25 Central Missouri (3-1-0).
The Mustangs open Lone Star Conference play with a pair of games this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field. Midwestern takes on Angelo State Friday night 7 p.m. before facing Incarnate Word Sunday at noon.
Midwestern State remained at No. 3 in the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs ran their regular season unbeaten streak to 36 matches with road wins over Colorado State-Pueblo (3-1) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (2-0) last week to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Midwestern has carried a national ranking for 59 of the last 60 reporting periods dating back to the 2006 season spending 39 of those weeks in the Top 10. The lone break in the stretch came when a membership dues fiasco cost the Mustangs a ranking in the Sep. 28, 2010 poll.
The Mustangs are of seven teams from the South Central/Central regions to receive mention in the poll which also includes No. 6 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 13 Colorado Mines, No. 14 Northeastern State (Okla.), No. 17 Regis (Colo.) and No. 22 Texas A&M International while Metro State (Colo.) is receiving votes.
Midwestern State continues a five-match road swing with a pair of games this weekend including its Lone Star Conference opener against Incarnate Word Friday night at Benson Stadium before closing the weekend at St. Edward's on Sunday.