Midwestern State made its sixth appearance at No. 2 this season in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Men's Division II Top 25 regular season poll, the organization released Tuesday.
The Mustangs wrapped up their third undefeated regular season in program history last weekend with a 16-0-1 record. Midwestern State was chosen as the No. 1 seed in the South Central Region during the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Selection Show Monday evening and will host No. 4 Colorado Mesa in a 1 p.m. NCAA second round match Sunday at MSU Soccer Field.
The top five teams in the national poll remained the same with Pfeiffer appearing at No. 1 for the fifth-straight week followed by Midwestern State, Southern New Hampshire, Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) and Rockhurst (Mo.). Charleston (W. Va.), Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Colorado Mines, Northwood (Mich.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.) round out the top 10 in the rankings.
The South Central Region boasts three nationally-ranked teams in Midwestern State, No. 8 Colorado Mines and No. 13 St. Edward's (Texas). Colorado Mesa is also 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 57-12 while carrying a 365-145 advantage in shots and 165-55 edge in shots on goal. The Mustangs currently rank second nationally in assists per game (3.12), third in points per game (9.82) and fourth in goals per game (3.35).
Senior forward Albert Rodriguez has been the top offensive producer for the Mustangs with a team-best 16 goals and 39 points. Rodriguez currently ranks in the top 15 nationally in seven offensive categories.
The Mustangs defense has been just as impressive this season, recording eight shutouts and holding teams to a 0.69 goals against average for 13th in the country.