MSU soccer: regional rankings, LSC honors

Source: KAUZ
Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State moved into the No. 1 spot in the South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee after extending its win streak to eight games including a 1-0 upset win over then-No. 3 St. Edward's last week on the road.

Midwestern State is currently 13-2-1 overall and 11-1-0 in the Heartland Conference as the Mustangs look to clinch the conference title Thursday when they play host to Newman (Kan.) at 7 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field.

The Mustangs overtook St. Edward's at No. 1 in the regional rankings this week with the Hilltoppers dropping to second in the region. Colorado Mesa and Regis (Colo.) remained at third and fourth, respectively, in the poll while leading the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference race. West Texas A&M stayed put at No. 5, sitting in a tie for second in the Heartland with St. Edward's. Metro State (Colo.) rounded out the rankings in sixth, replacing Colorado Mines this week.

The top four teams in the South Central Region will advance to the NCAA postseason with play beginning in the second round due to only four teams earning bids to the tournament.

The top two teams in the region will host second round contests (Nov. 12 or 13) with the second round winners traveling west to play the regional final at the West Region's highest remaining seed (Nov. 17 or 18). The winners of the two regions will square off in the NCAA Quarterfinals to be played either Nov. 19 or 20.

Simon Fraser (B.C.) is the current frontrunner in the West Region, ranked third in the national poll with an 11-0-2 record. The Clan are followed by UC San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, Dixie State (Utah), California State-Los Angeles, Montana State Billings, California Baptist and Chico State (Calif.) in the West Region rankings.

The NCAA Division II Final Four is set to take place Dec. 1-3 at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.

Women closing in on NCAA berth, still work to do

Midwestern State climbed into the South Central Region rankings released by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon, sitting in eighth as the Mustangs head into the final weekend of the regular season.

Midwestern State improved to 9-5-2 overall and 6-4-0 in the Lone Star Conference last weekend with home wins over UT Permian Basin and Angelo State to knock ASU out of the regional rankings after appearing at No. 7 last week.

The Mustangs sit just two spots away from the top six teams that will advance to the NCAA Tournament. Colorado Mines topped the South Central Region this week and was followed by Texas A&M-Commerce, St. Edward's, Colorado State-Pueblo, West Texas A&M, Metro State (Colo.), Dallas Baptist and Midwestern State.

The top two teams in the region will receive a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament while the other four teams will begin postseason play Nov. 10 or 11 with first round contests. The winners will move on to face the top two seeds in the second round, which will take place Nov. 12 or 13. The highest remaining seed in the South Central Region will play host to the regional final, Nov. 17 or 18, as well as the NCAA Quarterfinals, Nov. 19 or 20, against the West regional champion.

Western Washington currently leads the West Region rankings and is followed by UC San Diego, Sonoma State (Calif.), Central Washington, Point Loma (Calif.), California State-San Bernardino, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) and Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

Coetzer honored as LSC Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State senior forward Nicole Coetzer was named the Lone Star Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

Coetzer led Midwestern State with a team-best five points in wins over UT Permian Basin and Angelo State to close out MSU's home slate last weekend at MSU Soccer Field.

Coetzer recorded a career-best three points against UTPB, netting the second goal in a 2-0 win over the Falcons in the 79th minute while assisting on Adrianna Smith's game winner in the 73rd minute. The Trophy Club native helped the Mustangs move into third place in the LSC standings in a 2-0 win over Angelo State on Senior Day, finding the back of the net in her lone shot attempt in the 73rd minute to put the Mustangs ahead 2-0.

On the season, Coetzer ties for the team lead with five goals while ranking sixth in the LSC.

Midwestern State wraps up the regular season on the road this weekend at Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M.

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