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.
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.