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MSU Mens Soccer: Freeland Named LSC Off. Player of the Week

Midwestern State's David Freeland garnered Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday morning when league officials announced weekly awards.
 
The junior forward from Odessa tallied a goal and an assist to lead the 7th-ranked Mustangs to a convincing 3-0 win over Northeastern State Friday night in Tahlequah.
 
Freeland took a through ball up the center of the field and beat NSU keeper Jordan Ladbrooke to the left in the 8th minute for his fifth goal of the season then set up Dean Lovegrove's 30-yard blast from beyond the top of the box in the 14th minute to give the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead.
 
Freeland has accounted for a goal or an assist in five of his last six outings.
 
Eastern New Mexico goalkeeper Matt Malak notched shutouts against Fort Hays State and Incarnate Word to earn top defensive honors.
 
Midwestern State squares off with the LSC champion Greyhounds Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Mustangs Stay 2nd in Region Rankings

Midwestern State clings to the No. 2 position in the latest South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee.
 
The Mustangs (11-3-1) close the regular season with a pair of crucial matches against regionally ranked Eastern New Mexico (No. 4) and West Texas A&M (No. 6) this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.
 
Incarnate Word (11-2-3) continues to top the rankings, while Texas A&M International (9-3-2) and Northeastern State (9-5-3) round out the rankings at Nos. 3 and 5, 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 going 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.) (17-1) leads the Central Region followed by Regis (Colo.) (13-3-1), Metro State (Colo.) (12-5-1), Colorado Mines (10-6-1), Colorado-Colorado Springs (9-7-1) and Upper Iowa (4-5-1).
 
Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (12-3-2) top the West followed by Chico State (Calif.) (12-3-3-), Cal State-Los Angeles (12-1-5), Grand Canyon (Ariz.) (12-3-1), Cal State-Dominguez Hills (12-4-2), Cal State-Stanislaus (10-5-2), Cal Poly Pomona (9-7-2) and Hawaii Pacific (13-4-0).
 
The NCAA Division II Championship field is set for release via a live video streaming broadcast on NCAA.com Monday night at 6 p.m.

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