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MSU Soccer: 7 Mustangs named All-LSC; new regional rankings

Avery Lewis, Hanna Mattinson, and Destinee Williamson celebrate after scoring a goal vs Eastern N.M. / Source: KAUZ Avery Lewis, Hanna Mattinson, and Destinee Williamson celebrate after scoring a goal vs Eastern N.M. / Source: KAUZ
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Midwestern State collected seven All-Lone Star Conference selections with a league-best five Mustangs earning first team honors, the conference announced Wednesday evening at the pre-championship banquet. Midwestern State's seven all-league honors and five first team selections tie for the third most in program history. 

Sophomore defender Imani Morlock was a repeat selection on the All-LSC First Team while senior midfielder Liz Navarette, senior forward Nicole Coetzer and junior forward Destinee Williamson earned first team accolades for the first time in their careers. Junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette captured the second All-LSC First Team nod of her career, also being named to the team in 2014.

Senior defender Lauren Fambrough and freshman forward Hanna Mattinson were also recognized by the league with All-LSC Second Team honors. Mattinson was named LSC Freshman of the Year, becoming the third-straight Mustang and fourth in the last five years to earn the accolade following Imani Morlock (2015), Destinee Williamson (2014) and Ashley Cottrell (2012).

Regular season champion Texas A&M-Commerce led the league with eight all-conference picks while West Texas A&M tied MSU with seven all-league selections. Angelo State earned six all-conference picks while Texas Woman's placed four and Eastern New Mexico totaled two on the teams.

Midwestern State's five first team selections were followed by West Texas A&M with three while Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas Woman's and Angelo State each placed two on the first team.

Midwestern State begins its quest for a fifth LSC Championship tomorrow at 5 p.m. when the third-seeded Mustangs face No. 6 Eastern New Mexico in an LSC quarterfinal matchup at Lion Soccer Field in Commerce.

Women remain 8th in South Central rankings

Midwestern State remained at No. 8 in the final set of South Central Region rankings released by the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Committee Wednesday afternoon. 

Midwestern State closed out the regular season on a four-game win streak, defeating the region's fifth-ranked team West Texas A&M in overtime last weekend in Canyon. The Mustangs enter the Lone Star Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed following an 11-5-2 record in the regular season with an 8-4-0 mark in LSC action. Midwestern faces No. 6 Eastern New Mexico in the LSC quarterfinals tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Lion Soccer Field in Commerce.

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 in the third regional poll and was followed by Texas A&M-Commerce, St. Edward's, Colorado State-Pueblo, West Texas A&M, Dallas Baptist, Metro State (Colo.) and Midwestern State.

The 48-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday at 5 p.m. (CT) with a selection show on NCAA.com. 

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, Seattle Pacific (Wash.), California State-San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific (Calif.).

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

Men stay #1 in South Central regional ranks

The top six teams in the South Central Region remained the same in the final set of rankings released by the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Committee with Midwestern State staying put in the No. 1 spot Wednesday afternoon.

Midwestern State captured the Heartland Conference regular season title in its first season in the league last weekend following a 15-2-1 overall record and 13-1-0 mark in league action to earn hosting privileges for this weekend's Heartland Conference Tournament. The Mustangs begin postseason play on a 10-game win streak and will host No. 4 seed Newman (Kan.) in the conference semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field. The winner will move on to play either No. 2 St. Edward's or No. 3 West Texas A&M for the conference championship Sunday at 1 p.m.

The eighth-ranked Mustangs topped the regional for the second-straight week after overtaking St. Edward's following a 1-0 victory over the Hilltoppers on Oct. 20 in Austin. St. Edward's, Colorado Mesa, Regis (Colo.), West Texas A&M and Metro State (Colo.) followed Midwestern State in this week's regional rankings.

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 38-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday at 5:30 p.m. (CT) with a selection show on NCAA.com.

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 a 13-0-2 record. The Clan are followed by UC San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, Dixie State (Utah), California Baptist, Sonoma State (Calif.), California State-San Bernardino and California State-Los Angeles 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.

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