After making an appearance at No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Top 25 Poll for the first time since 2008 last week, the Midwestern State men's soccer team slipped down one spot to No. 2 in this week's national poll released Tuesday morning.
Midwestern State's (9-0-1) bid for a perfect season was spoiled last Monday with a 2-2 draw at Lubbock Christian as the Chaps erased a 2-0 deficit in the second half. However, the Mustangs responded in a big way by coming from behind to defeat then-No. 6 St. Edward's (Texas) in a 3-2 win over their regional rival Thursday at MSU Soccer Field. Midwestern concluded the week with a 1-0 overtime road win Sunday at Eastern New Mexico with a golden goal coming from senior midfielder Juan Farres in the 95th minute.
Pfeiffer (N.C.), one of just two remaining teams that are perfect on the season, made its first appearance at No. 1 with an 11-0-0 record. Southern New Hampshire, who sits at 10-0-0, comes in behind the Mustangs at No. 3. Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), Charleston (W. Va.), California State-Dominguez Hills, Wingate (N.C.), Colorado Mines, Millersville (Pa.) and Northwood (Mich.) round out the top 10.
The South Central Region is represented by Midwestern State, Colorado Mines and No. 13 St. Edward's while Fort Lewis (Colo.) is receiving 12 votes in this week's national poll.
With one of the nation's top offenses, the Mustangs have dominated the opposition this season. Midwestern State is outscoring opponents 34-9 while holding a 236-84 advantage in shots and a 103-33 edge in shots on goal. The Mustangs currently rank third nationally with 3.1 assists, fourth with 9.9 points and fifth with 3.4 goals per game.
Senior forward Albert Rodriguez has been the top offensive producer for the Mustangs with a team-best eight goals and five assists for 21 points. Rodriguez currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in seven offensive categories.
The Mustangs defense has also been strong in the opening weeks of the season, holding teams to a 0.88 goals against average for 27th in the country.
Midwestern State returns to MSU Soccer Field for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Dallas Baptist.
A great, total team effort helped Midwestern State claim its second win of the season Tuesday afternoon in the RMAC #2 South Invitational played at the Par-72, 5,811-yard University of New Mexico Championship Course.
Junior Sierra Campbell led a group of four Mustangs in the Top 10 firing rounds of 73 and 75 for a 4-over, two-round total of 148 to finish third.
"Sierra had another great tournament," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "She did a great job with her short game. She did not have a great ball striking day, but that shows she is capable of giving us a quality score even she does not have her A game."
Freshman May Chimsuti continued her solid play by matching teammate Hayley Dambold with a second-round 76, while sophomore Sarah Moore delivered MSU's fourth countable score with a 5-over 77.
It all added up to a 16-over team total of 304 in the second round for a two-round total of 606 (+30) as Midwestern outlasted Metropolitan State (Colo.) by five strokes.
"The girls had a great finish," Ray said. "Metro got off to an impressive start, but the girls remained patient and played very well over the last nine holes. Sarah was 4-over after nine and finished at 5-over, while May was 4-over after eight and finished at 4-over. Hayley had a very solid round that could have been a little better."
Chimsuti (152/+8) and Dambold (156/+12) finished tied for seventh and 10th, respectively, while Moore (160/+16) took 15th.
Junior Kellie Martin coupled a solid score of 73 in the opening round with a 79 to tie for seventh with a two-round total of 152 (+8). It was Martin who set the tone by closing the first round on a run of four birdies.
"Kellie had a great tournament," Ray said. "Her 73 the first day was a big reason we won. It's always a good sign when all 5 girls are in the 70's."
Metro State's Cha Cha Wilhoite claimed top individual medalist honors carding rounds of 70 and 72 for a 2-under total of 142 to finish four strokes in front of teammate Allie Johnston.
MSU junior Madison Smith recorded rounds of 90 and 87 to finish tied for 52nd with a 33-over total of 177 to tie for 52nd competing as an individual medalist.
Midwestern State closes out the fall schedule on Oct. 19-20 with the Oklahoma Intercollegiate played at the Fort Sill Golf Club.
Clayton Meyers and Thomas Smith delivered strong performances as Midwestern State took eighth place Tuesday in the RMAC South Invitational played at the Par-72, 7,382-yard Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course.
The Mustangs fired a three-round, 78-over total of 942 to tie for eighth place with Colorado Mines well off the pace of tournament champion Colorado-Colorado Springs, which fired a 41-over 905.
Meyers, a freshman from Llano, tied for 17th in his first collegiate tournament carding rounds of 79, 73 and 81 on his way to a 17-over 233.
The 5-8, 180-pounder logged 33 pars over 54 holes while also standing among tournament leaders averaging 4.30 strokes on the 30 Par-4 during tournament play.
Smith, a returning all-region performer, came on strong shooting a 2-over 74 in the final round to recover from a pair 80s on opening to tie for 21st with an 18-over total of 234.
The Stoke-on-Trent, England native went 2-under on the Front Nine in the final round of play while ranking among tournament leaders going 5-over on Par 3s and 9-over on Par 4s. Smith also converted 31 pars during tournament play.
Junior Jared Baker tied for 27th with rounds of 80, 76 and 80 for a 2-over total of 236, while sophomore Will Mullins tied for 39th logging totals of 75, 82 and 82 for a 23-over 239.
Senior Ian Gallagher tied for 70th with rounds of 83, 92 and 84 for a 43-over 259.
Colorado-Colorado Springs' Colin Pratt claimed top individual medalist honors winning in a tiebreaker over Colorado Christian's Nathaniel Goddard. The two boasted regulation 1-over totals of 217 with matching round scores of 73, 73 and 71.
The Mustangs host the Midwestern State Invitational on Oct. 19-20 at the Wichita Falls Country Club.