The Midwestern State men's soccer team appeared at No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 National Poll for the second-straight week, the organization announced Tuesday.
The Mustangs improved to 7-0-0 on the season for just the fourth time in program history (1987, 1989, 2010) following a 3-1 win over St. Mary's on Sunday in San Antonio. Midwestern State was set to square off against its second top-10 opponent of the season Friday against No. 9 St. Edward's but Mother Nature interfered that afternoon, eventually postponing the contest.
Charleston (W. Va.) remained at the top of the NSCAA poll for the second-straight week as the Golden Eagles currently sit with a 7-0-0 record as well. Midwestern State, Pfeiffer (N.C.), Southern New Hampshire, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), Rockhurst (Mo.), Seattle Pacific (Wash.), St. Edward's (Texas), Limestone (N.C.) and Millersville (Pa.) round out the top-10 teams.
With one of the nation's top offenses, the Mustangs have dominated the opposition through the first four weeks of the season. Midwestern State is outscoring opponents 28-5 while holding a 185-56 advantage in shots and an 82-24 edge in shots on goal. The Mustangs currently rank fourth nationally with 4.00 goals per game, fifth with 11.29 points per game and sixth with 3.29 assists per game.
The Mustangs defense has also been strong in the opening weeks of the season, holding opponents to a 0.71 goals against average for 19th in the country.
The South Central Region is represented by No. 2 Midwestern State, No. 8 St. Edward's and No. 18 Colorado Mines in the national poll.
The Mustangs next take the pitch Monday, Oct. 5 with a trip to Lubbock Christian for a 4 p.m. match at LCU Soccer Field.
NSCAA Division II Top 25
September 29, 2015
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Midwestern State improved three strokes and three spots to claim 11th at the NCAA Division II National Championship Preview Tuesday at the Par-72, 6,310-yard CommonGround Golf Course.
The Mustangs fired a 23-over total of 311 in the final round to combine with a 314 in the opening for a 49-over 625.
"The course played more difficult today, but we were able to move up three places in a tough field," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "We will work hard to improve as our region represented six of the top 10 spots."
Tarleton State claimed the team title with rounds of 289 and 299 for a 12-over total of 588 to finish head of Dallas Baptist (2nd/595), Academy of Art (Calif.) (4th/599), Sonoma State (Calif.) (7th/610), West Texas A&M (9th/612) and Newman (Kan.) (10th/613).
Sophomore Sarah Moore paced the Mustangs with matching rounds of 76 to finish tied for 24th. She ranked amongst tournament leader in Par-3 (+2) and Par-5 (-2) scoring while finishing with 24 pars.
"Sarah Moore had a great tournament," Ray said. "The course played 6300 yards and she is not a long hitter. She did a great job of thinking and getting ball in positions on the green to putt aggressive."
Junior Sierra Campbell rode a strong performance on Par 4s (+3) to tallies of 77 and 79 to tie for 41st, while junior Hayley Dambold, who shot 3-under on the Par 5s, logged scores of 79 and 79 to finish tied for 54th.
Junior Kellie Martin improved seven strokes in the second round carding scores of 84 and 77 to tie for 61st, while May Chimsuti, who was 2-over on Par 3s, tied for 65th firing rounds of 82 and 81 .
Sierra Langlie of Augustana (S.D.) claimed top individual honors carding scores of 73 and 69 for a 2-under total of 142.
Midwestern State competes in the Lady Buff Stampede on Oct. 5-6 at the Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo.