Midwestern State entered the South Central Region rankings at No. 5 as released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee.
The Mustangs moved to 8-2-4 after battling Eastern New Mexico to a 1-1 draw on Friday before falling to West Texas A&M 2-1 in two overtimes on Sunday.
Regis (Colo.) claimed the top spot with a 13-0-1 mark trailed by Incarnate Word (9-2), West Texas A&M (9-2-2), Colorado Mines (10-3-2) and MSU.
The top three teams advance to the NCAA Division II postseason tournament which begins Nov. 8 on campus sites.
The top team in the South Central Region receives a bye into the tournament's third round while the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds battle on Nov. 10 or 11 for the opportunity to face that top squad at the site of the top remaining seed from the West Region.
Six teams from the West Region battle in to small three-team tournament fields for the remaining two spots of the Third Round from Super Region Four which consists of the South Central and West regions.
Simon Fraser (B.C.) (11-1-1) tops the West Region rankings followed by Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (10-1-4), Grand Canyon (Ariz.) (13-2-0), Chico State (Calif.) (9-2-4), Cal State-Los Angeles (10-3-2), Cal State-Dominguez Hills (9-5-1), Notre Dame de Namur (10-3-1) and Cal State-Stanislaus (9-3-2).
The final regular season ranking is set for release next Wed., Oct. 31 with the NCAA II Championship Selection Show following on Mon., Nov. 5.
Midwestern State hits the road to face Incarnate Word Friday night at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Midwestern State softball team plays its final scrimmage of the fall as it hosts The Ragdolls for Pink Out: Swing for the Cure Thursday afternoon at Mustangs Park.
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The Ragdolls are a club softball consisting of players from many local high schools.
First pitch for the scrimmage is set for 6 p.m.
Midwestern State dropped six spots to No. 16 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Top 35 released Wednesday morning.
The Mustangs are one of six teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Adams State (Colo.), No. 4 Western State (Colo.), No. 15 Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 19 West Texas A&M and No. 20 Colorado Mines.
Interestingly, the Mustangs finished runner-up to the Lady Buffs at last weekend's Lone Star Conference Championships in Lawton, Okla. WT is also ranked ahead of MSU in the South Central Region rankings released by the same organization on Tuesday.
Colorado Mines slipped six spots in the national poll and dropped behind LSC third-place finisher Incarnate Word, which received no national recognition.
The teams will be able to hash out the differences of opinion at the South Central Region Championship which is set for Nov. 3 in Denver. The top five finishing teams advance to the NCAA Division II Championships Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo.