MSU Roundup: Soccer and Cross Country

Mustangs climb to No. 5 in latest NSCAA poll

After posting two dominant victories last week, the Midwestern State men's soccer team climbed four spots to a No. 5 national ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 National Poll released Tuesday.

The No. 5 national ranking is the highest for the Mustangs since also appearing at No. 5 back on Sept. 11, 2012.

Midwestern State moved to 4-0-0 on the season following an 8-1 home win Thursday over Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and a 5-0 shutout victory over Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) on Sunday in Dallas. In Thursday's win over the Crimson Storm, head coach Doug Elder passed his former coach Howard Patterson to become the all-time winningest men's soccer coach at Midwestern State with 222 career wins. In that contest, the Mustangs finished with a 53-5 advantage in shots, the most attempts for the program since the 1998 season.

Through four matches, the Mustangs are outshooting opponents 127-23 with a 61-9 advantage in shots on goal. Midwestern has totaled 20 goals on the season while surrendering just three to its opponents.

Lynn (Fla.) remained at No. 1 in the national poll followed by Charleston (W. Va.), Southern New Hampshire, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) and Midwestern State for the top five nationally-ranked teams. Limestone (N.C.), Notre Dame (Ohio), Florida Tech, Quincy (Ill.) and Merrimack (Mass.) rounded out the top 10 in this week's rankings.

Midwestern State topped the South Central Region poll for the second-straight week, appearing in front of No. 15 St. Edward's and No. 24 Colorado Mines.

The Mustangs return to MSU Soccer Field on Friday at 7 p.m. to face Texas A&M International before a Sunday match against Newman (Kan.) at 1 p.m. 

                                                                                NSCAA Division II Top 25
                                                                                     September 15, 2015

1Lynn (Fla.)2-0-01
2Charleston (W. Va.)4-0-02
3Southern New Hampshire3-0-04
4Seattle Pacific (Wash.)3-0-05
5Midwestern State4-0-09
6Limestone (N.C.)3-0-08
7Notre Dame (Ohio)5-0-011
8Florida Tech2-0-010
9Quincy (Ill.)3-1-020
10Merrimack (Mass.)4-0-017
11Pfeiffer (N.C.)4-0-025
12Fort Hays State (Kan.)3-1-014
13Christian Brothers (Tenn.)4-0-019
14Sonoma State (Calif.)3-0-121
15St. Edward's (Texas)2-0-222
16Tiffin (Ohio)3-0-1RV
17East Stroudsburg (Pa.)2-0-2RV
18LIU Post (N.Y.)3-0-115
19Wingate (N.C.)4-0-023
20Lindenwood (Mo.)2-1-17
21Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.)5-0-0NR
22Rockhurst (Mo.)2-0-1NR
23California State-Dominguez Hills3-1-0NR
24Colorado School of Mines1-0-1NR
25West Florida3-0-0NR
Also receiving votes: Young Harris (Ga.) (17), Upper Iowa (15), Millersville (Pa.) (7), Cal Poly Pomona (5), Northeastern State (Okla.) (4), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) (3), California State-Monterey Bay (1), Wilmington (Del.) (1).

Mustangs receiving votes in NSCAA poll

Following a 1-0-1 week that included an upset road win over No. 13 UC-Colorado Springs, the Midwestern State women's soccer team was one of 10 teams to appear in the receiving votes portion of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 National Poll that was released Tuesday.

The Mustangs moved to 2-1-1 on the season after making their first road trip last weekend. Midwestern State began play Friday with a 1-0 victory over the 13th-ranked Mountain Lions as senior midfielder Morgan Hannon converted a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to propel the Mustangs to their first win over a nationally-ranked program since 2013.

Midwestern ended its Colorado road swing Sunday, battling Western State to a 2-2 draw in Gunnison.

Barry (Fla.) moved up nine spots to take over No. 1 in this week's national poll. The Buccaneers were followed by Central Missouri, Quincy (Ill.), North Georgia, Bridgeport (Conn.), St. Edward's (Texas), Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Gannon (Pa.), College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) and Grand Valley State (Mich.) to round out the top 10.

The Mustangs ranked No. 5 in this week's South Central Region poll behind No. 6 St. Edward's, No. 17 Angelo State (Texas), No. 22 MSU Denver (Colo.) and Fort Lewis (Colo.).

Midwestern State next travels to Southern Nazarene (Okla.) for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday in Bethany.

                                                                          NSCAA Division II Top 25
                                                                             September 15, 2015

1Barry (Fla.)4-0-010
2Central Missouri4-0-08
3Quincy (Ill.)4-0-16
4North Georgia4-0-011
5Bridgeport (Conn.)4-0-015
6St. Edward's (Texas)3-0-017
7Seattle Pacific (Wash.)4-0-023
8Gannon (Pa.)4-0-019
9College of Saint Rose (N.Y.)3-0-12
10Grand Valley State (Mich.)3-1-012
11Minnesota State-Mankato3-1-04
12Western Washington3-1-07
13Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)3-1-024
14North Alabama3-0-1NR
15Bellarmine (Ky.)5-0-018
16West Chester (Pa.)3-1-05
17Angelo State (Texas)3-0-1NR
18Winona State (Minn.)3-0-020
19Columbus State (Ga.)2-2-03
20Tampa (Fla.)3-0-1NR
21Rollins College (Fla.)3-1-01
22MSU Denver (Colo.)3-1-0NR
23Edinboro (Pa.)3-1-016
24Azusa Pacific (Calif.)3-0-0NR
25New Haven (Conn.)3-0-0NR
Also receiving votes: Colorado-Colorado Springs (13), California University of Pennsylvania (13), Augustana (S.D.) (7), Fort Lewis (Colo.) (6), Sonoma State (Calif.) (6), West Virginia Wesleyan (2), Wingate (N.C.) (2), LIU Post (N.Y.) (1), Midwestern State (1), Franklin Pierce (N.H.) (1).

Mustangs ranked eighth in USTFCCCA South Central Region rankings

Midwestern State remained at No. 8 in the South Central Region rankings as released Tuesday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country  Coaches' Association.

The Mustangs won the season opening Strohman Dental/MSU Stampede Thursday night at Lake Wichita Park finishing with a total of 19 points led by freshman Bridget Reilly, who paced a time of 15:35.1 to win the 4K race.

Adams State (Colo.) remained atop the rankings as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference boasted the first five squads including Western State Colorado at No. 2, Colorado Mesa at No. 3, Colorado-Colorado Springs at No. 4 and Colorado State-Pueblo at No. 5.

West Texas A&M breaks up the RMAC block coming in at No. 6 while Colorado Mines, MSU, Metropolitan State (Colo.) and Chadron State (Neb.) round out the rankings.

Midwestern State competes in the 6K West Texas A&M Invitational Saturday morning in Canyon.

                                                                           USTFCCCA South Central Region Rankings

                                                                                              Sept. 15, 2015

1Adams State (Colo.)RMAC1
2Western State ColoradoRMAC2
3Colorado MesaRMAC3
4Colorado-Colorado SpringsRMAC5
5Colorado State-PuebloRMAC4
6West Texas A&MLone Star6
7Colorado MinesRMAC7
8Midwestern State (Texas)Lone Star8
9Metropolitan State (Colo.)RMAC9
10Chadron State (Neb.)RMAC10