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Women ranked 24th in NSCAA poll

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - For the first time since Sept. 13, 2011, the Midwestern State women's soccer team is ranked in the top 25 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II poll at No. 24 in this week's rankings.

Midwestern State returns to MSU Soccer Field to begin a four-game homestand this weekend with a five-game win streak that includes four-straight shutouts. The Mustangs are 5-1-2 on the season and 2-0-0 in Lone Star Conference play after beginning league action last weekend with 1-0 road wins over Angelo State and UT Permian Basin.

The Mustangs last appeared in the national poll at No. 22 after beginning the 2011 season at 2-0-1 in a campaign that included a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the program's second-ever postseason appearance.

Midwestern State joins Texas A&M-Commerce as the two LSC schools to crack the top 25 as the Lions moved up five spots to No. 11 in this week's poll with a 5-2-0 record. Colorado Mines sports the highest ranking in the South Central Region at No. 3 with a perfect 8-0-0 mark this season.

Grand Valley State (Mich.) remained at No. 1 in the country this week and is followed by Central Missouri, Colorado Mines, East Stroudsburg (Pa.), Stonehill (Mass.), Lee (Tenn.), Western Washington, UC San Diego, West Chester (Pa.) and Truman State (Mo.) in the top 10.

Midwestern State hosts Texas Woman's in a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday at MSU Soccer Field before hosting the 11th-ranked Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Men fall to no. 25 in NSCAA poll

Midwestern State fell two spots to No. 25 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II rankings after suffering its first Heartland Conference defeat of the season in a 1-1 week on the road.

Midwestern State began the week with a 2-1 win over Rogers State (Okla.) in its Heartland Conference road opener before traveling to Newman (Kan.). The Mustangs played 65 minutes against the Jets Saturday afternoon before weather forced the game to be ruled a no contest. The teams squared off again Sunday with Newman's Marian Saar converting a penalty kick in the 64th minute to lift the Jets to their first-ever win over the Mustangs in the 27-year history of the series.

The Mustangs also dropped one spot to fourth in the South Central Region rankings this week, coming in behind St. Edward's, Regis (Colo.) and Metro State (Colo.).

Rockhurst (Mo.) moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time this season and was followed by Southern New Hampshire, St. Edward's, Simon Fraser (B.C.), Charleston (W. Va.), Pfeiffer (N.C.), Tampa (Fla.), LIU Post (N.Y.), Regis and Wingate (N.C.) in the top 10.

Midwestern State returns to MSU Soccer Field this week for a pair of conference games against Texas A&M International and St. Mary's. The Mustangs first face off against TAMIU in a 7 p.m. kickoff Thursday before wrapping up the week against STMU on Saturday at 1 p.m.