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Mustang Men 4th in Initial South Central Ranking

Midwestern State opens the 2014 South Central Region Rankings at No. 4 as released by tthe NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon.

The Mustangs (10-2-2) had their 11-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 3-1 loss at St. Edward's (Texas) Saturday in Austin.

MSU is 1-1-1 against teams in the South Central Region rankings boasting a win over Colorado Mesa while also playing SEU to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in Wichita Falls.

The top three teams from the South Central Region advance to the NCAA Division II national tournament field set to be announced Monday, Nov. 10 via selection on

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. 22-23. 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.

St. Edward's tops the region with a 10-2-1 mark followed by Colorado Mesa (11-2-1), Regis (Colo.) (11-2), MSU and Metro State (Colo.) (9-4).

Cal Poly Pomona (14-0-1) tops the West Region trailed by Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (12-0-1), California State, Los Angeles (11-2), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (9-2), Northwest Nazarene (Wash.) (10-2-1), California, San Diego (8-4-2), California State, Dominguez Hills (7-5-1), California State, San Bernardino (7-4) and Simon Fraser (B.C.) (6-4-1).

Midwestern State takes on Texas A&M International Saturday afternoon in Laredo. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

Women Open Regional Rankings 10th

Midwestern State is 10th 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. 14 and 16 at campus sites to be announced with the tournament field on Monday, Nov. 10.

The Mustangs advanced to regional postseason play following the 2010, 2011 and 2013 seasons claiming its first playoff win over St. Edward's in 2011.

MSU carries a 7-3-5 mark into the final two weeks of the regular season. The Mustangs begin a three-match home stand Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field against West Texas A&M before battling Eastern New Mexico on Sunday. Midwestern closes the regular season the following Friday against Angelo State.

Colorado Mines sits atop the region with an 11-1-2 mark followed by Metro State (Colo.) (11-1-2), Texas A&M-Commerce (9-5-0), Dallas Baptist (Texas) (8-3-1), Regis (Colo.) (10-3-1) and Angelo State (Texas) (10-3-1).

Fort Lewis (Colo.) (5-4-5), New Mexico Highlands (7-3-3), St. Edward's (Texas) (8-4-0) and MSU 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. 21. 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. 4-6 at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

Western Washington (12-0-2) tops the West Region followed by California State, Los Angeles (13-1-1), California State, San Bernardino (9-3), Cal Poly Pomona (9-4), California State, Stanislaus (10-4), Sonoma State (Calif.) (13-2), Chico State (Calif.) (8-4-2), California Baptist (7-4-2), Dixie State (Utah) (7-5-1) and Point Loma Nazarene (9-2).

Briseno Named LSC Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State junior Callie Briseno garnered Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors as released by league officials Wednesday afternoon.

The junior from Amarillo scored two second half goals to lift the Mustangs to a 2-1 win over Texas A&M-Commerce Friday night at the A&M-Commerce Soccer Field.

Briseno knocked in an assist from Haley Britton in the 55th minute for the equalizer, and then scored the game winning tally just five minutes later off of a Stephanie Bonilla assist.

It was her first collegiate "brace" (2 goals in a game) and first goal since scoring against Abilene Christian as a true freshman in 2011.

Briseno shared top offensive honors with Texas Woman's sophomore forward Natalia Diaz, who converted a penalty kick and had an assist to help the Pioneers to wins over Angelo State and MSU.

TWU junior goalkeeper Ariana Morrison posted two shutouts to earn top defensive honors.

Midwestern State begins a three game home stand Friday night against West Texas A&M at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The Mustangs close the weekend by playing host to LSC-leading Eastern New Mexico Sunday at 1 p.m.

Cross Country Slips 1 Spot in USTFCCCA Top 25

Midwestern State slipped one spot to No. 15 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Top 25 released Wednesday afternoon.

The Mustangs claimed their second meet win of the season at the MSU Cross Country Carnival Saturday morning at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.

Senior Gabby Ruiz took second covering the hilly 6K course in a personal best time of 22:20.00 while Michelle Krezonoski (22:33.80/3rd), Emma Ramirez (23:05.80/8th), Brittany Adams (23:10.60/9th) and Kim Krezonoski (23:29.60/11th) also turned in countable finishes for the Mustangs.

MSU is 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 Colorado, No. 11 Colorado-Colorado Springs and No. 17 Metropolitan State (Colo.) while West Texas A&M is receiving votes.

There were no changes in the Top 10 which includes No. 1 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. Adams State (Colo.), No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 4 Western State Colorado, No. 5 Chico State (Calif.), No. 6 Hillsdale (Mich.), No. 7 Augustana (S.D.), No. 8 Simon Fraser (B.C.), No. 9 California, San Diego and No. 10 Northern Michigan.

Midwestern State competes in the East Central (Okla.) Tiger Chase Saturday in Ada.