NCAA Soccer: New Regional Rankings Released

Mustang Men Still Atop South Central Region

Midwestern State remained at No. 1 in the second set of South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee.

The Mustangs have put together one of their best starts in program history, ranking No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll with a 12-0-1 record. MSU has appeared in the top 10 in the national rankings the entire season and reached No. 1 for the first time since 2008 on Oct. 6.

In the South Central Region rankings, Midwestern State is followed by Colorado Mines (12-0-3), St. Edward's (Texas) (10-2-2), Colorado Mesa (11-3-2), Fort Lewis (Colo.) (11-3-2) and Metro State (Colo.) (11-3-2). The top four teams from the region qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

With just four teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament, the South Central Region will begin postseason play in the NCAA Second Round (Nov. 14-15) at campus sites of the top two seeds in the region. The highest remaining seed after the second round of play will host the regional final (Nov. 19-20) and the NCAA quarterfinal (Nov. 21-22) against the winner of the NCAA West Regional.

The West Region is currently represented by California State-Dominguez Hills (12-1-2), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (11-1-3), Cal Poly Pomona (9-2-3), California State-Stanislaus (11-2-1), California State-Los Angeles (9-3-2), Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (10-2-2), Sonoma State (Calif.) (9-5-2) and Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) (10-5-1).

The Final Four is set to begin Dec. 3 at the Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex in Pensacola, Florida.

Midwestern State faces rival West Texas A&M in a 7 p.m. contest Thursday at The Pitch in Canyon.

Mustang Women Slip to 7th in Regional Standings

Following a 1-1-0 week on the road, Midwestern State dropped two spots to No. 7 in the South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee.

Midwestern State enters its final week of the regular season sitting at 8-4-3 on the season with a 3-3-2 mark in the Lone Star Conference.

Angelo State (13-1-1) tops the regional poll for the second-straight week and is followed by Fort Lewis (Colo.) (10-4-2), Dallas Baptist (Texas) (10-3-2), St. Edward's (Texas) (11-3-0), Colorado Mines (11-4-2), Texas A&M-Commerce (8-5-2), Midwestern State, Regis (Colo.) (10-3-3), Texas Woman's (8-5-2) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (10-4-2).

The South Central Region will send six teams to the NCAA Tournament with the top two teams receiving a bye in the first round of the tournament, which will take place Nov. 13. The top remaining seeds in the region will host the second (Nov. 15) and third (Nov. 20) rounds before traveling to the West Region champion for the NCAA quarterfinal (Nov. 22).

Western Washington (14-1-0) currently leads the West Region rankings. The Vikings are followed by Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (11-2-0), Sonoma State (Calif.) (10-1-3), California-San Diego (11-5-1), Seattle Pacific (Wash.) (10-3-2), Chico State (Calif.) (10-4-2), Simon Fraser (B.C.) (6-5-2), Humboldt State (Calif.) (9-5-2), Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) (10-4-0) and California State-Stanislaus (7-4-3).

The Final Four is set to begin Dec. 3 at the Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex in Pensacola, Florida.

Midwestern State faces two crucial home matchups to close out the regular season this weekend, taking on two regionally-ranked foes in Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman's at MSU Soccer Field.