MSU Roundup: Soccer Player Drafted, Basketball Rankings

Ryden Selected by Columbus Crew in MLS Draft

The word came through a tweet Tuesday afternoon as Midwestern State senior defender Kalen Ryden followed the Major League Soccer Super Draft.

"I received a phone call on Sunday to kinda prepare me for this to happen today but nothing was for sure," he said. "I just froze. We just stood up and starting cheering. After that it was pure joy."

That is exactly how word came that the Columbus Crew had made Ryden the seventh pick of the fourth round. Now, he will have to hit the ground running.

"I will be flying out to Columbus tomorrow for take physicals, and then the team flies out to start preseason camp," Ryden said. "It's been an anxious 48 hours."

Ryden helped MSU to consecutive NCAA Division II postseason appearances making 27 starts at center back for the Mustangs while garnering first-team All-South Central Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America as a senior last fall.

"Kalen's collegiate success ultimately led to him being drafted," Columbus Crew assistant coach Pat Onstad said in an email to MSU coach Doug Elder. "Kalen comes to us highly recommended by our USL affiliate's head coach. We are excited to bring him into camp and assess the best level for him to develop his career."

The 6-2, 200-pound Norman, Okla. native enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Austin Aztex of the USL Premiere Development League last season scoring three goals and dishing out an assist in 14 appearances to earn the club's defensive player of the year honor and was a PDL Southern all-conference selection.

Ryden becomes just the second Midwestern State player selected in the MLS Draft joining former All American Daniel Woolard.

Woolard was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Fire. He went on to make 16 appearances with the Fire from 2007-09 before making his return to the United States' top professional league with D.C. United making 69 appearances for the Black and Red from 2011-13.

Mustang Men Move Up in Both National Polls

Midwestern State jumped into the National Association of Basketball Coaches' poll at No. 23, while moving up ahead four places to No. 20 in the D2 Media Poll sponsored by the D2 Sports Information Directors of America Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs claimed their 11th consecutive win by claiming a 78-76 victory last week at Tarleton State to improve to 15-3 overall while moving to a perfect 4-0 in Lone Star Conference play.

MSU takes on Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to claim the outright league lead. The Rams are ranked 11th in the NABC poll and eighth in the D2 Media Poll.

Midwestern is one of of seven teams from a stacked South Central Region to receive mention in the NABC rankings joining No. 9 Colorado Mines, No. 11 Angelo State, No. 14 Metropolitan State (Colo.) and No. 15 Tarleton State while St. Edward's (Texas) and Texas A&M-Commerce are receiving votes.

The Mustangs are making their first appearance in the NABC Division II Top 25 this season and for the first time since taking a No. 23 rankings into the 2013-14 postseason. MSU was ranked for eight voting periods last season reaching as high as No. 6.

MSU moved up four spots to No. 20 in the D2 Media Poll and are also one of seven teams to receive mention from the South Central Region joining No. 8 Angelo State, No. 11 Colorado Mines, No. 14 Colorado-Colorado Springs and No. 25 Metropolitan State while Talreton STate and Texas A&M-Commerce are receiving votes.

MSU Women Drop Out of National Rankings

Midwestern State fell out of both the D2 Media Media Poll sponsored by the Division II Sports Information Directors of America and the USA Today Sports/Women's Basketball Coaches' Association Top 25, but continue to receive votes in both polls.

The Mustangs had their 12-game winning streak snapped at Tarleton State last Wednesday then dropped a home game to Texas Woman's Sunday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to fall to 13-3 on the season.

MSU is one of three teams to receive mention in the USA Today Sports/WBCA Top 25 joining No. 10 West Texas A&M while Colorado-Colorado Springs is also receiving votes.

Midwestern is one of four teams to receive mention in the D2 Media Poll with West Texas A&M and Colorado-Colorado Springs coming in at Nos. 9 and 16, respectively while Colorado Mesa is also receiving votes.

The Mustangs take on Angelo State Wednesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.