WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Midwestern State men's soccer team topped the NCAA Division II attendance rankings for the 2015 season after drawing 930 fans per contest during their run to the NCAA Sweet 16.
The Mustangs led the country by more than an average of 100 fans per game in 2015 with Lee (Tenn.) coming in second at 829 fans a contest. Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) (658), Carson-Newman (Tenn.) (591) and Cal Poly Pomona (531) rounded out the top five in the rankings.
Midwestern State also led Division II in total attendance last season with 12,085 fans watching the Mustangs in 13 games at MSU Soccer Field. Lee also ranked second in total attendance with 9,123 fans over 11 contests.
MSU's average attendance ranked as the third-highest season average for a Division II annual attendance champion since records were first kept in 1998, coming in behind Rockhurst (1,227 in 1998) and Fort Lewis (1,015 in 2005). The Mustangs also posted the second-highest total attendance figure for a single season in NCAA Division II history behind Fort Lewis's total count of 12,185 fans in 2005.
Midwestern's attendance for the 2015 season was the highest for the program since attendance records were first calculated in 2000, earning its 10th NCAA Division II attendance crown since the 2007 season. The Mustangs were first in the country in average attendance in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 while leading the nation in total attendance in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013.
In 2015, Midwestern advanced to its 11th NCAA Tournament with a showing in the NCAA Sweet 16 following an undefeated regular season slate. The Mustangs earned a No. 1 national ranking on Oct. 6 and appeared in the top five in eight polls as one of the nation's top offensive teams. Midwestern ended the season with a 17-1-1 record and a No. 7 ranking after a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado Mines in the regional final.
MSU's 2015 schedule featured several key matchups for the Maroon and Gold faithful throughout the season with two contests against top-10 programs in No. 4 Colorado Mesa and No. 6 St. Edward's (Texas) and a pair of NCAA Tournament matchups against CMU and No. 8 Colorado Mines.
The Mustangs drew the top-four largest single-game crowds for NCAA Division II last season with a record 1,339 fans attending the NCAA Sweet 16 matchup against Colorado Mines on Nov. 20. Midwestern drew 1,279 fans for the NCAA Second Round contest versus Colorado Mesa on Nov. 15 and 1,257 in a regular season match against regional foe St. Edward's on Oct. 8. MSU's season opener against Fort Lewis (Colo.) also cracked the top five single-game attendance crowds with 1,187 fans showing up for the Sept. 4 opener.
The Mustangs, who return 16 letterwinners from last season, open the 2016 season Friday, Sept. 2 against Fort Lewis at Dirks Field in Durango, Colo. Midwestern State hosts Northeastern State (Okla.) in its home opener Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field.
Former Midwestern State basketball player Tavarion Nix won a title this weekend with the Bruzos Izalco (Izalco Sorcerers) in El Salvador's LMB.
Nix averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and about four assists per game in the regular season, finishing with a 59-point game on the last night of the regular season.
His team defeated Santa Tecla BC in three games to win the title, with a 79-77 win Sunday in game three. He recorded double-doubles in the first two games of the series, and finished averaging 16.7 points per game in the finals.
A fellow former Mustang, forward Abiodun Adegoke, was playing for Santa Tecla.