WICHITA FALLS, TX - Following an undefeated week, the Midwestern State women's soccer team climbed three spots in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) South Central Region rankings released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs wrapped up a season-opening four-game road trip last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M International, collecting goals from freshmen Hanna Mattinson and Jaden Green to earn their first win of the season. Midwestern followed up by making its home debut Sunday at MSU Soccer Field, defeating Fort Lewis (Colo.) in a 1-0 contest behind Mattinson's first half penalty kick to improve to 2-1-2 on the season.
Colorado Mines topped the South Central Region poll this week and was followed by Texas Woman's, Texas A&M-Commerce, Angelo State (Texas) and St. Edward's (Texas) in the top five. Fort Lewis, Colorado State-Pueblo, Dallas Baptist (Texas) and Lubbock Christian (Texas) appeared behind the Mustangs to round out the top 10 regional rankings.
The Lone Star Conference made up four of the top six teams in the rankings with Texas Woman's (2nd), Texas A&M-Commerce (3rd), Angelo State (4th) and Midwestern State (6th) cracking the top 10.
Midwestern State closes out its non-conference slate Thursday at 5 p.m. against Southern Nazarene (Okla.) at MSU Soccer Field.
The Midwestern State men's soccer team dropped eight spots to 17th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II National Poll, released by the organization Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs went 1-0-0 in week two of the regular season, defeating Southern Nazarene (Okla.), 3-1, to wrap up their season-opening road trip. Midwestern made its home debut Monday evening, falling to Northeastern State (Okla.), 1-0, as the RiverHawks netted a goal in the 88th minute to break a scoreless contest and drop the Mustangs to 2-1-1 on the season. MSU's loss to the RiverHawks will be reflected in week three's rankings.
Charleston (W. Va.) overtook Pfeiffer (N.C.) as the nation's No. 1 team this week as the Golden Eagles sit at 4-0-0 in 2016. Lynn (Fla.), Rockhurst (Mo.), Southern New Hampshire, St. Edward's (Texas), Simon Fraser (B.C.), Pfeiffer, LIU Post (N.Y.), Saint Leo (Fla.) and Wingate (N.C.) round out the top 10 in the national poll.
The South Central Region is represented by Midwestern State in the national rankings as well as St. Edward's (5th) and Regis (Colo.) (12th). Colorado Mesa received five votes in this week's poll.
Midwestern State continues its homestand this week with a pair of conference games at MSU Soccer Field. The Mustangs host West Texas A&M in a 7 p.m. kickoff Thursday before taking on Eastern New Mexico Saturday at 1 p.m.
Midwestern State moved one spot to No. 9 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region rankings released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs enjoyed a strong showing at UTA's Gerald Richey Invitational Saturday afternoon paced by seniors Leticia Shaban, Ana Lopez and Brandi Hobson while sophomores Sara Smith and Michelle Rieves also turned in countable finishes.
MSU placed fourth behind a trio of NCAA Division I competitors in SMU, Georgia State and Texas-Arlington and ahead of Dallas Baptist, which moved up to No. 3 in this week's rankings.
Adams State (Colo.) maintained its hold at the top of the region claiming a perfect score in its home meet at the 23rd Annual Joe I Vigil Open Saturday to remain ahead of No. 2 Western State Colorado.
Five more Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference programs are stacked from fourth to eighth including Colorado Mines, Fort Lewis (Colo.), Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado Christian.
West Texas A&M checked into the rankings at No. 10 after taking third in the Fort Hays State Border Classic on Sept. 2.
Midwestern competes in the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24 in Minneapolis.
Midwestern State saved the best for last in Tuesday's final round at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational using a 2-over team total to take sixth in its 2016-17 season opening competition at the Tascosa Country Club.
The Mustangs bettered their team score each round going 298, 295 and 290 for a 19-over total of 883 finishing four strokes out of fourth place after standing 11th following Monday's opening round.
"Any time you continue to move up the leader board you're doing something right," MSU coach Jeff Raysaid. "This team will be able to win tournaments. Our depth and experience will be tremendous assets moving forward."
Senior Jared Baker fired a 2-under 70 as the Holliday native delivered two under-par rounds on his way to a Top 10 showing to tie for seventh. He was six strokes off the pace of top individual medalist Eliott Azoulay of St. Edward's who carded scores of 71, 66 and 72 for a 7-under total of 209.
It was Baker's third career Top 10 finish and best since winning the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic last spring. He now has posted par-or-better scores eight times over his last 30 competition rounds.
Junior transfer Dominick Haskins improved in each of his rounds finishing off with 1-under 71 after marking scores of 75 and 73 on Monday. The El Paso native tied for 21st with a 3-over total of 219.
"Jared had another solid round," Ray said. "After a tough break on the sixth, Dominick battled back and shot a 32 (4-under) on the back nine. He had three consecutive birdies on 12, 13, and 14."
Senior Thomas Smith polished off the competition with his best score firing a 1-over 73 to go along with a 75 and 76 on opening day to finish 43rd with an 8-over 224.
"Tom had a very slow start being 4-over after 4," Ray said. "He showed a lot of poise and finished his round with a great birdie on 18."
Senior Colton Dorion tied for 55th giving the Mustangs a countable scores in Monday's second round going 77, 74 and 77 to tie for 55th with a 12-over total of 228.
Sophomore Chance Craig recovered for a first-round 74 to notch team countable tallies in the final two go-arounds -- 74 and 76 -- to place 74th with an 18-over total of 234.
St. Mary's (Texas) claimed the team title with a three-round total of 857 (-7) finishing ahead of St. Edward's (Texas) (860/-4), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (871/+7), Cameron (Okla.) (879/+15), West Texas A&M (881/+17) and MSU.
"We had the third best score of the day (290) and we left several shots out there," Ray said. "Over the next several weeks we will work on our distance control and putting from 3-7 feet out. I am looking forward to Phoenix in two weeks."
Midwestern competes in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate on Sept. 26-27 at The Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz.