Midwestern State received a strong bump in the South Central Region rankings posting wins over Angelo State and Southwestern Oklahoma State last week to move up three spots to No. 3 as 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 seasons, claiming the program's first playoff win over St. Edward's in 2011.
MSU carries a five-match winning streak into the LSC Postseason Tournament set for Friday and Sunday in San Angelo. The Mustangs are 12-2-1 over their final 15 regular season matches. They open the league tournament Friday at noon against Texas A&M-Commerce.
Colorado Mines (17-0-1) retained the top spot in the region followed by Fort Lewis (14-4), MSU (13-3-1), St. Edward's (13-0-2), Angelo State (10-4-2), Metro State (12-3-3), New Mexico Highlands (9-6-3), Texas A&M-Commerce (11-5-1), Dallas Baptist (10-5-1) and Regis (Colo.) (8-7-2).
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 (16-0-2) leads the West Region followed by Western Washington (16-1), Sonoma State (11-3-3), Cal State-San Bernardino (11-5-3), Cal State-Los Angeles (10-5-3), UC-San Diego (7-6-5), California Baptist (9-5), Hawaii-Hilo (10-3-2), Chico State (Calif.) (8-8-2) and Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (13-5).
Midwestern State's Kallie Essary gained Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season when league officials released weekly honors Wednesday afternoon.
The senior goalkeeper from Carrollton matched a school single-season record by notching her eighth shutout of the year in a 2-0 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.
Essary made five stops including a one-on-one save late in the second half to lead the Mustangs to a win over the Great American Conference champ Bulldogs to lower her season goals against average to 0.66 while improving her save percentage to .857.
West Texas A&M's Jessie Thomas garnered top offensive honors after scoring two goals in a 3-1 win Friday at Texas A&M-Commerce and tallied another in WT's 2-1 victory at Texas Woman's on Sunday as the Lady Buffs cinched the fourth and final LSC Postseason Tournament berth.
Midwestern State opens LSC Postseason Tournament play against Texas A&M-Commerce Friday afternoon in San Angelo. Kickoff is set for noon.
With a win, the Mustangs advance to the league finals to take on the winner of the Angelo State/West Texas A&M matchup Sunday at 1 p.m.
Midwestern State slipped to No. 3 in the most recent South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee.
The Mustangs closed the regular season on a 12-match unbeaten streak after fighting Eastern New Mexico to a scoreless draw last Friday and drilling Houston-Victoria 3-0 on Sunday to move to 11-3-2.
But that did little to persuade the regional advisory committee which announced a tie for the top spot between Regis (Colo.) and Colorado Mines.
Regis (12-2-1) rides a four-game winning streak into this weekend's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament which includes a 2-1 win in its only meeting with Colorado Mines this season. The Rangers last loss came last month at Fort Lewis (Colo.).
Colorado Mines (11-5-1) has dropped two of its last three and three of its last six including losses to Colorado Mesa, Regis and Fort Lewis.
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 and Regis top this week's rankings followed by MSU, West Texas A&M (12-3-1) and St. Edward's (Texas) (10-3-2).
Cal State-Los Angeles (12-1-5) tops the West Region followed by UC-San Diego (13-2-3), Chico State (Calif.) (13-3-2), Simon Fraser (B.C.) (14-1-1), Cal State-Monterey Bay (11-5-2), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (11-2-3), Cal State-Dominguez Hills (9-6-3) and Sonoma State (Calif.) (10-4-4).