Midwestern State opens the 2013 South Central Region Rankings at No. 3 as released by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs (8-3-1) extended their current unbeaten streak to eight games with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 4 St. Edward's Saturday afternoon in Austin. MSU has taken down nationally ranked opposition in four of its last five matches recovering from a 1-3 start.
The top three teams from the South Central Region advance to the NCAA Division II national tournament field set to be announced Monday, Nov. 11 via selection on NCAA.com at 6:30 p.m.
The top team in the region receives an opening round bye and will serve as the host for third round matchups featuring the South Central and West region title games on the weekend of Nov. 21-24. The victors move on to square off for a berth in the Final Four set for Dec. 5-7 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.
The South Central Nos. 2 and 3 ranked squads meet at the site of the higher seed for the right to battle the top seed.
Colorado Mines tops the region with a 9-3-1 mark followed by St. Edward's (Texas) (8-2-1), MSU, West Texas A&M (10-3) and Metro State (Colo.) (8-3-3).
Cal State-Los Angeles (10-1-3) tops the West Region trailed by Chico State (Calif.) (11-2-1), UC-San Diego (10-2-2), Simon Fraser (B.C.) 10-1-1, Cal State-Dominguez Hills (8-3-3), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (8-1-3), Cal State-Monterey Bay (8-4-2) and California Baptist (6-4-1).
Midwestern State plays host to Texas A&M International Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Midwestern State is sixth in the first release of the South Central Region Rankings as released by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon.
The top six teams from the region qualify for the playoff field which is set for Nov. 15 and 17 at campus sites to be announced with the tournament field on Monday, Nov. 11.
The Mustangs last advanced to regional postseason play following the 2010 and 2011 claiming its first playoff win over St. Edward's in 2011.
MSU carries a 9-4-1 mark into the final two weeks of the regular season. The Mustangs hit the road to face West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico this weekend before closing Lone Star Conference play the following Friday at Angelo State before returning home for the finale against Southwestern Oklahoma State.
Colorado Mines sits atop the region with a 13-0-1 mark followed by Metro State (Colo.) (11-0-3), Fort Lewis (Colo.) (11-3-0), St. Edward's (Texas) (9-0-2), Angelo State (Texas) (9-3-1) and MSU.
Texas A&M-Commerce (8-4-1), Dallas Baptist (Texas) (6-5-1), Colorado-Colorado Springs (8-4-0) and New Mexico Highlands (6-5-3) round out the rankings.
The regional breaks down into two three-team pods hosted by each of the top two seeds with the winners advancing to a regional final to be played in conjunction with the West Region final on Nov. 22. The victors move on to face off in the national quarterfinals at the same site two days later for a berth in the Final Four set for Dec. 5-7 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.
Cal State-Stanislaus (12-0-2) tops the West Region followed by Sonoma State (Calif.) (8-2-3), Western Washington (12-1), UC-San Diego (5-5-4), Hawaii-Hilo (8-3-1), Seattle Pacific (10-4-1), Cal State-San Bernardino (9-4-2), Cal State-Los Angeles (7-4-3), Cal Poly Pomona (5-4-5) and Cal State-Monterey Bay (6-6-2).