MSU Men's Soccer Reaches #2 in Poll

Following another undefeated week against two regional foes, the Midwestern State men's soccer team climbed three spots to No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 National Poll released Tuesday.

The No. 2 ranking is the highest for the Mustangs since coming in at No. 2 in the final poll of the 2010 season after advancing to the NCAA Division II Final Four.

Midwestern State improved to 6-0-0 on the season following a 1-0 win over Texas A&M International and a 4-1 triumph over Newman (Kan.) last weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.

The Mustangs have been dominant through the first three weeks of the season, outscoring opponents 25-4. Senior forward Albert Rodriguez has paced MSU with six goals and 14 points while netting two game winners for the Maroon and Gold. Junior forward Christian Okeke and junior midfielders Gabriel Cavalcante and Leon Taylor have also provided an offensive spark in their first season at Midwestern with three goals apiece.

Charleston (W. Va.) made its first appearance at the top of the poll this season after previous No. 1 Lynn (Fla.) fell 3-1 to Saint Leo (Fla.). Midwestern State, Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Pfeiffer (N.C.) and Southern New Hampshire round out the top five in this week's rankings.

No. 9 St. Edward's (Texas) and No. 19 Colorado Mines join the Mustangs in representing the South Central Region in the national poll.

The Mustangs will make their first true road trip of the season, beginning Friday with a 4 p.m. match against the ninth-ranked Hilltoppers in Austin. Midwestern concludes the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest against St. Mary's (Texas) in San Antonio.

Mustang Women Still Receiving Votes

After picking up their third shutout in the last four matches, the Midwestern State women's soccer team continued to receive votes in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 National Poll released Tuesday.

The Mustangs (3-1-1) continued their road trip Saturday with an afternoon match against Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla. Sophomore forward Destinee Williamson scored two goals within a two-minute span in the first half to carry Midwestern State to a 2-0 victory over the Crimson Storm.

Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette collected her third shutout of the season, and has allowed just three goals through five matches. The reigning Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week ranks 21st nationally with a .889 save percentage and is 28th with a .598 goals against average.

Central Missouri moved up one spot to the top of the national poll this week, currently holding a 6-0-0 record. The Jennies were followed by Quincy (Ill.), North Georgia, Gannon (Pa.), Western Washington, Bridgeport (Conn.), Angelo State (Texas), Grand Valley State (Mich.), College of Saint Rose (N.Y.) and Rollins (Fla.) to make up the top 10.

No. 7 Angelo State, No. 14 St. Edward's (Texas) and No. 20 Colorado-Colorado Springs comprise the nationally-ranked teams in the South Central Region while Regis (Colo.), Western State (Colo.) and Midwestern State are receiving votes in the national poll this week.

The Mustangs will continue their road swing Wednesday by taking on the Lady Chaps of Lubbock Christian at 4 p.m. at the LCU Soccer Field.

MSU Men's Golf Finishes 9th at D2 National Preview

Sophomore Will Mullins carded an even-par 72 in the final round to lead Midwestern State to a ninth-place showing at the D2 National Preview Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 7,095-yard Green Valley Ranch Golf Course.

The Mustangs combined for an 11-over 299 in the third round to finish tied for ninth with an overall total of 879 (+15) at the site of the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships.

Chico State (Calif.) blitzed the field with a 20-under total of 844 to finish 13 strokes ahead of powerhouse co-runnerups Barry (Fla.) and Nova Southeastern (Fla.) with match 7-under 857 totals.

Chico's Alistair Docherty notched a tournament-best 17 birdies on his way to claiming individual medalist honors with three matching 69s for a 9-under total of 207 finishing two strokes ahead of Colorado-Colorado Springs' Zach Tripp, Barry's Niclas Weiland, Chico State's Matt Hutchins and Nova Southeastern's Juan Jose Guerra.

Mullins recorded four birdies on the Front Nine matching Thomas Smith with a team-high 12 birdies during tournament play. The Mansfield product tied 34th with a three-round total of 220 (+4) carding rounds of 73, 75 and 72.

Smith entered the final round tied for sixth but struggled down the stretch despite recording an eagle on the Par-4, 436-yard Hole No. 3 finishing 1-under on the first nine holes. He would take on six strokes of bogey on the second nine but still managed a countable score of 75 (+3).

The Stoke-on-Trent, England native tied for 20th with a three-round total of 216 (Even).

Senior Ian Gallagher finished the tournament on a high note with a birdie on his final hole after stringing together nine consecutive pars for a 3-over total of 75. He salvaged a team countable score in the final round of play after logging a 78 and 80 on the opening to finish tied for 89th with a total of 233 (+17).

Juniors Colton Dorion and Jared Baker shot matching 77s (+5) to round out MSU's efforts on the final 18.

Dorion tied for 39th with a total of 221 (+5) carding rounds of 69, 75 and 77, while Baker tied for 61st with a total of 224 (+8) firing rounds of 72, 75 and 77.

Midwestern State competes in the RMAC South Invitational on Oct. 12-13 at the Paa-Ko Golf Course in Sandia Park, N.M.