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MSU: Soccer Awards & Rankings; XC Stays #12

Men Hang on to #2 Spot in South Central Region Rankings

Midwestern State remains at No. 2 in the South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee.
 
The Mustangs (10-3-0) command the second spot in the rankings due to head-to-head wins over No. 3 Texas A&M International (8-2-2) and No. 4 Northeastern State (9-3-3).
 
Incarnate Word (10-1-1) tops the rankings while Eastern New Mexico (7-6-3) and West Texas A&M (6-6-2) check in at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.
 
The top two teams from the South Central and Central regions square off for its respective championship on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the home site of the No. 1 seeds.
 
The winners advance to the site of the highest remaining seed with the Central Region receiving preference on Sunday, Nov. 13 for a national quarterfinal berth against the winner of the West Region.
 
The national quarterfinals are slated for Nov. 20 at the site of the highest remaining seed with preference to the South Central/Central regions.
 
The victor moves on to the Final Four which is set for Dec. 1-3 in Pensacola, Fla.
 
Fort Lewis (Colo.) (15-1-0) leads the Central Region followed by Regis (Colo.) (11-3-1), Metro State (Colo.) (11-5-1), Colorado Mines (9-6-1), Colorado-Colorado Springs (8-7-1) and Upper Iowa (3-4-1).
 
Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (11-2-2) tops the West followed by Cal State-Dominguez Hills (11-3-2), Cal State-Los Angeles (10-1-5), Chico State (Calif.) (10-3-3), Grand Canyon (Ariz.) (11-3-1), Cal Poly Pomona (9-5-2), Cal State-Stanislaus (9-5-1) and Hawaii Pacific (12-4-0).
 
Midwestern State hits the road to face Northeastern State Friday night in Tahlequah, Okla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Women Fall to 5th in South Central Regional Rankings

Midwestern State dropped three places to No. 5 in the South Central Region Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee.
 
The Mustangs recovered from a mid-week overtime loss to No. 22-ranked Central Oklahoma to improve to 10-4-2 on the season with road wins over Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman's University.
 
Midwestern takes on regionally top-ranked Abilene Christian Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
 
The top six teams advance to the NCAA Division II playoffs beginning with first and second round matches played in two three-team pods at the sites of the top two teams in the region on the weekend of Nov. 11-13.
 
If the playoffs started today, the Mustangs would square off with St. Edward's for the right to face Abilene Christian in the second round in Abilene.
 
Central Missouri would battle Dallas Baptist in Edmond, Okla. with the winner advancing to face host Central Oklahoma.
 
The winners of the two pods move on to the Third/Quarterfinal rounds against the top two teams of the West Region for the right to advance to the NCAA Division II Championships beginning Dec. 1 in Pensacola, Fla.
 
The championship field is set for release on Monday, Nov. 7.

Fazekas Named LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Noah Fazekas garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly honors.
 
The redshirt freshman from Dallas entered just his fourth career match in relief of injured starter Michael Wood Friday night against No. 4 Incarnate Word.
 
Fazekas faced eight shots and made a save to cap off the Mustangs' 3-0 win over the Cardinals, then directed an MSU defense that limited St. Edward's to four shots for his first collegiate shutout in his first start in a scoreless tie against the Hilltoppers.
 
Eastern New Mexico's Diego Santos tallied game winning goals against Texas-Permian Basin and Northeastern State last weekend to gain top offensive honors.
 
Midwestern State hits the road to face regionally ranked Northeastern State Friday night in Tahlequah, Okla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Hill, Staley Named LSC Players of the Week

Midwestern State's Kelsey Hill and Hanna Staley gained Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors for the second time each this season when the league announced its weekly honors Wednesday afternoon.
 
Hill garnered top offensive accolades after accounting for a pair of goals and two assists to help the Mustangs to a pair of league road victories last week.
 
The Wichita Falls Rider High School product tallied an unassisted goal for her fifth game winner of the season in a 1-0 result over Texas A&M-Commerce.
 
Hill then played a hand in each of Midwestern's first three goals, assisting on the first two before drilling in her 43rd career goal in the 69th minute of the 4-0 victory at Texas Woman's University.
 
Hill matched school career records in goals (43) and assists (105).
 
Staley anchored a stingy back line which limited MSU's three opponents to a total of 22 shots to earn top defensive acclaim.
 
The returning All American's play helped the Mustangs post their sixth and seventh clean sheets of the season as MSU posted a pair of victories to improve to 10-4-2 on the season.
 
The Mustangs play host to No. 2 Abilene Christian Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Cross Country Stays Stead at #12 in USTFCCCA Poll

Midwestern State remained solid at No. 12 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Division II poll released Wednesday morning.
 
The Mustangs claimed their fourth consecutive Lone Star Conference title by placing four on the all-league team including individual champion Brissia Montalvo, sophomores Ashley Flores and Janel Campbell and freshman Michelle Krezonoski.
 
MSU tops a group of five teams from the South Central Region in the poll which also includes No. 13 Harding (Ark.), No. 15 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 20 Missouri Southern and No. 22 Truman State (Mo.).
 
The Mustangs play host to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Championships on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course on Loop 11.

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