Midwestern State moved up one spot to No. 2 in the latest South Central Region Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee.
The Mustangs (10-3-1) extended their current unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a decisive 5-0 win at Southern Nazarene (Okla.) on Tuesday night.
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 (10-4-1) remained atop the region despite taking a 2-1 at Regis (Colo.) last week. The Orediggers close the regular season with road matches at Fort Lewis and Adams State.
St. Edward's (10-2-1) fell one position to No. 3 followed by Regis (10-2-1) and Metro State (Colo.) (10-3-3).
Cal State-Los Angeles (11-1-4) remains on top of the West trailed by Chico State (Calif.) (12-2-2), UC-San Diego (12-2-2), Simon Fraser (B.C.) (12-1-1), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (10-1-3), Cal State-Dominguez Hills (9-4-3), Cal State-Monterey Bay (9-5-2) and California Baptist (8-4-1).
Midwestern State closes the regular season with a pair of matches at the MSU Soccer Field this weekend. The Mustangs take on Eastern New Mexico Friday night at 7 p.m. before facing Houston-Victoria Sunday at 1 p.m.
Midwestern State battled for a pair of Lone Star Conference road wins to put itself in position to challenge for its fourth league championship last weekend.
But the victories over West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico didn't impact the latest South Central Region rankings favorably as the Mustangs slipped to 7th in the latest edition released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee.
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 an 11-4-1 mark into the final week of the regular season, but still controls its own destiny. A win Friday at Angelo State will not only give the Mustangs a share of the LSC crown but also win over the South Central's No. 5 side.
Midwestern then closes the season Sunday afternoon at home against Southwestern Oklahoma State. The Bulldogs (9-2-2) are currently ranked ninth in the Central Region.
The Mustangs have already qualified for the LSC Postseason Tournament and can host the event with a 2-goal win over Angelo State.
Colorado Mines (15-0-1) remained atop the region followed by Fort Lewis (Colo.) (13-3-0), St. Edward's (Texas) (11-0-2), Metro State (Colo.) (11-2-3), Angelo State (10-3-2), Texas A&M-Commerce (10-4-1), MSU, New Mexico Highlands (8-5-3), Dallas Baptist (Texas) (7-5-1) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (9-5-1).
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 (14-0-2) tops the West Region followed by Western Washington (14-1-0), Sonoma State (Calif.) (9-3-3), UC-San Diego (6-5-5), Cal Poly Pomona (6-5-5), Cal State-Los Angeles (8-5-3), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (12-4-0), Cal State-San Bernardino (9-5-3), Hawaii Hilo (9-3-2) and California Baptist (9-4-0).