Midwestern State made its fifth appearance at No. 2 this season in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's Division II Top 25 Poll, the organization released Tuesday.
Midwestern State continued to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume after improving to 14-0-1 following a 2-0 win over UT-Permian Basin Monday night at MSU Soccer Field. The Mustangs also earned a 2-0 road win over rival West Texas A&M in Canyon and a 3-0 victory at home over Rogers State last week. Midwestern State's win over UTPB will count towards next week's national rankings.
Pfeiffer (N.C.) remained at No. 1 in the national poll for the fourth-straight week, sporting a perfect 16-0-0 record. Midwestern State, Southern New Hampshire, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), Rockhurst (Mo.), Charleston (W. Va.), Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Colorado Mines, California State-Dominguez Hills and Merrimack (Mass.) rounded out the top 10.
The South Central Region boasts three nationally-ranked teams in Midwestern State, No. 8 Colorado Mines and No. 13 St. Edward's (Texas). Metro State (Colo.) is receiving votes in the poll.
With one of the nation's top offenses, the Mustangs have dominated the opposition this season. Midwestern State is outscoring opponents 52-10 while carrying a 331-123 advantage in shots and 149-47 edge in shots on goal. The Mustangs currently rank second nationally in assists per game (3.07), third in points per game (10) and fourth in goals per game (3.47).
Senior forward Albert Rodriguez has been the top offensive producer for the Mustangs with a team-best 15 goals and 35 points. Rodriguez currently ranks in the top 15 nationally in seven offensive categories.
The Mustangs defense has been just as impressive this season, recording seven shutouts and holding teams to a 0.65 goals against average for 12th in the country.
Midwestern State will close out the regular season this weekend at MSU Soccer Field when the Mustangs play host to rivals West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico. MSU first faces WT on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on ENMU on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.
NSCAA Division II Top 25
November 3, 2015