For the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, Midwestern State is headed back to the NCAA Tournament after being selected Monday evening as one of 38 teams to participate in the 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship.
Midwestern State will make its 11th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, all coming since 2002, as the Mustangs enter postseason play as the No. 1 seed in the South Central Region following a 16-0-1 mark during the regular season. The Mustangs earned the top seed for the third time (2008, 2010) in program history.
Midwestern State will host No. 4 Colorado Mesa Sunday at 1 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field in the second round of the NCAA Tournament while No. 2 seed Colorado Mines welcomes No. 3 St. Edward's (Texas) for a Saturday 1 p.m. (MT) matchup in Golden on the other side of the South Central Region bracket.
A win over Colorado Mesa would designate Midwestern State as the host institution for the NCAA third round and quarterfinals, which would take place Nov. 19 and 21 or Nov. 20 and 22.
The winner of the South Central Region will face the West Region champion for a berth to the NCAA Final Four. The West Region is represented by No. 1 seed Cal Poly Pomona and is followed by Seattle Pacific (Wash.), California State-Dominguez Hills, California State-Stanislaus, California State-Los Angeles and Fresno Pacific (Calif.).
The Final Four is set to take place Dec. 3-5 at the Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex in Pensacola, Florida.
The Mustangs will host CMU for the second time this season after earning a 4-1 victory over the Mavericks in the second match of the season on Sept. 6.
Midwestern State enters the NCAA Tournament after wrapping up its third undefeated regular season in program history while pushing its unbeaten streak to 17 matches, the third-longest in school history.
Midwestern State currently ranks in the top five nationally in assists, goals and points per game. The Mustangs' dynamic offense sports six players that have posted at least four goals and nine with at least four assists, led by senior forward Albert Rodriguez who has 39 points (16 goals, 7 assists) and ranks in the top 15 nationally in seven offensive categories. Junior midfielder Flavio Guzman has added eight goals for the Mustangs while junior forward Christian Okeke ranks third with six goals this season.
The Mustangs have also been strong on the defensive end in 2015, allowing just 12 goals for a 0.69 goals against average and eight shutouts this season.
Midwestern State carries a 12-8-3 record in the NCAA Tournament dating back to the 2002 season. The Mustangs have hosted seven NCAA contests at MSU Soccer Field, boasting a 5-1-1 record in that span.
The Mustangs have seen their fair share of success in the postseason with five NCAA quarterfinal appearances (2002-03, 2007-08, 2010) and a pair of Final Four showings (2007, 2010).