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Mustangs earn No. 2 seed; to host Colorado Mesa in NCAA Tournament

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Midwestern State was awarded its 12th NCAA Tournament bid and 10th in the last 11 years Monday evening as the Mustangs were named the No. 2 seed in the South Central Region following a 16-3-1 regular season campaign.
 
Midwestern State will square off against the No. 3 seed Colorado Mesa for the third-straight season to open postseason play Sunday at 1 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field. The 16th-ranked Mavericks captured the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to a 14-1-5 record entering the NCAA Tournament.
 
The Mustangs handed the Mavericks a 4-2 defeat in the second round of the tournament last season in Wichita Falls while CMU came out on top with a 1-0 victory in a second round matchup in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2014. Midwestern State leads the all-time series, 3-1, with regular season wins in 2014 and 2015.
 
In the other half of the bracket, top-seeded St. Edward's will play host to No. 4 Regis (Colo.) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lewis-Chen Family Field in Austin. The Hilltoppers defeated MSU in the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship, 2-0, on Sunday to improve to 17-2-1 on the year. Regis finished runner-up to Colorado Mesa in the regular season and at the RMAC Tournament to claim the fourth and final seed in the bracket with a 14-4-1 record.
 
The winners of both of the South Central Region games will travel west to play the regional final and national quarterfinals at the West Region's host institution.

The Final Four is set to take place Dec. 1-3 at Children's Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.
 
Midwestern State carries a 13-9-3 record in the NCAA Tournament dating back to making its first-ever appearance in 2002. The Mustangs have hosted nine NCAA contests at MSU Soccer Field in their history with a 6-2-1 record.
 
The Maroon and Gold have made five NCAA quarterfinals appearances (2002-03, 2007-08, 2010) in program history with a pair of Final Four showings (2007, 10) under head coach Doug Elder.

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