For just the fifth time in program history, the Midwestern State men's soccer team made an appearance at No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 Poll, the organization released Tuesday.
The Mustangs last appeared at the top of the national poll near the end of the 2008 season with three-straight weeks (Oct. 21-Nov. 4) at No. 1. Midwestern State first took over the No. 1 spot back on Sept. 24, 1984 after opening the season 5-0-0 following a 9-2 win over TCU.
Midwestern State is currently 7-0-1 on the season after playing Lubbock Christian to a 2-2 draw on the road Monday afternoon at Frenship Soccer Stadium in Wolfforth. The Mustangs will look to record their second win over a top-10 team Thursday when they host No. 6 St. Edward's (Texas) in a 7 p.m. kickoff at MSU Soccer Field.
Midwestern State moved into the top spot after Charleston (W. Va.) fell to Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.) in a 2-0 loss on the road last week. Coming in behind the Mustangs in this week's poll were Pfeiffer (N.C.), Southern New Hampshire, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), Charleston, St. Edward's, California State-Dominguez Hills, Wingate (N.C.), Millersville (Pa.) and Barry (Fla.) to round out the top 10.
With one of the nation's top offenses, the Mustangs have dominated the opposition through the first five weeks of the season. Midwestern State is outscoring opponents 30-7 while holding a 206-72 advantage in shots and an 88-29 edge in shots on goal. The Mustangs currently rank fourth nationally with 3.75 goals per game and fifth with 10.5 points and 3.0 assists per game.
The Mustangs defense has also been strong in the opening weeks of the season, holding opponents to a 0.85 goals against average for 27th in the country.
The South Central Region is represented by No. 1 Midwestern State, No. 6 St. Edward's and No. 13 Colorado Mines in the national poll.
NSCAA Division II Top 25
October 6, 2015
Midwestern State's Sierra Campbell breezed to a final round even-par 71 to take third in the West Texas A&M Invitational at the Par-71, 5,856-yard La Paloma Golf Club Tuesday afternoon.
"We were 14 strokes better today and Sierra played very well," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "It was a stress free round for her. Her ball striking today was very impressive."
Campbell racked up four birdies on her way to a total of eight, while four strokes behind Regina Gonzalez of St. Mary's (Texas). Gonzalez carded 11 birdies on her way to rounds of 73 and 66 for a 3-under total of 139.
True freshman Panisara "May" Chimsuti delivered her best round of the season carding four birdies on the way to a 2-over 73 to tie for 22nd on the individual leaderboard with a two-round total of 157 (+15).
"May is very capable," Ray said. "It's just taking a while to get her feet wet.
Juniors Kellie Martin (161/31-t) and Hayley Dambold (158/25-t) also delivered countable scores for the Mustangs marking a 78 and 79, respectively.
Sophomore Sarah Moore battled her way to scores of 81 and 84 to tie for 45th with a 24-over total of 165, while junior Madison Smith placed 58th with scores of 89 and 84 for a 32-over total of 173.
West Texas A&M claimed the team win with a 29-over total of 597 followed by St. Mary's (Texas) (598/+30) and Wayland Baptist (Texas) (614/+46).
"We're very capable but showing a lot of inconsistency right now," Ray said. "We need five girls to be competing for a score every round."
Midwestern State heads to Albuquerque to compete in the RMAC Event No. 2 next Monday and Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Golf Course.