WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State moved up one spot to No. 12 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs were idle last week after improving to 2-0 by claiming a win in the Lone Star conference, 35-13, over Texas A&M-Kingsville on Sept. 16th at Memorial Stadium.
Midwestern is one of 11 teams from a competitive Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 6 Minnesota State, No. 7 Sioux Falls (S.D.), No. 8 Colorado Mesa, No. 16 Central Washington, No. 17 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 19 Humboldt State (Calif.) and No. 25 Winona State (Minn.).
Eastern New Mexico and Azusa Pacific (Calif.) are receiving votes.
Northwest Missouri State (4-0) maintained a unanimous hold on the top spot thumping Missouri Southern 63-0, while Texas A&M-Commerce and Shepherd (W. Va.) moved up one spot each Nos. 2 and 3, respectively following former No. 2 Ferris State's 20-3 loss to Ashland (Ohio).
Indiana (Pa.) leaped two spots to No. 4 fueled by a 38-7 win over Edinboro (Pa.), while California (Pa.) remained at No. 5 edging Seton Hill (Pa.) 44-41 on Saturday.
Midwestern State returns to action on Saturday night against Western New Mexico. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State senior Scott Doney captured his second Heartland Conference Offensive Player of the Week nod Monday afternoon after guiding the Mustangs to a pair of league wins last weekend at Stang Park.
The striker from Tauranga, New Zealand, accounted for all four of Midwestern State's goals in a 2-1 overtime win over Rogers State (Okla.) and 2-0 shutout of Newman (Okla.).
Doney began the week scoring a header goal in the 24th minute to give the sixth-ranked Mustangs a 1-0 lead on Rogers State. After an own goal in the second half sent the game into an extra period, Doney came through with his second golden goal of the season with a header in the 95th minute to carry MSU to a 2-1 victory.
Doney scored twice in the final 18 minutes against Newman Saturday to help lead the Mustangs to an 8-0 start, their best since 2010, with a pair of header goals off corner kicks.
Doney currently leads NCAA Division II with five game winners this season while ranking eighth nationally with eight goals scored and 14th with 16 points.
Midwestern State begins a two-game road swing Thursday in Laredo as the Mustangs square off against Texas A&M International at Dustdevil Soccer Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State freshman Emily Brennan sparkled in her collegiate debut Monday afternoon firing a 1-over 73 and is just one stroke off of the pace at the NCAA Division II National Preview played at the Par-72, 6,184-yard course at the Bay Oaks Country Club.
Overall, the Mustangs are seventh in a stellar 14-team field finishing the first day with an 18-over total of 306.
"We didn't play our best golf, but we played good golf," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "This is a good experience for us. This is one of the best fields we'll see all year. Emily has a great chance -- to be where she is against this field speaks volumes on her talent."
Brennan carded three birdies and worked for 11 pars as the Stoke-on-Trent, England native went 1-under on Par 4s to tie for sixth just behind a five way lead at the top of the leader board including St. Mary's Paige Weiss and Kelly Contreras, Grand Valley State's Katie Chipman and Samantha Moss and Jamie Freedman of Nova Southeastern.
Senior Sarah Moore notched a 3-over 75 to tie for 19th as the Burkburnett native recorded a team-best 13 pars and ranked among tournament leaders going 2-over on the course's Par 4s.
Freshman Katie Reeves tied for 39th with a 6-over 78 which included an even-par showing on Par 3s, while sophomore Lexi Read notched MSU's final team countable score with an 8-over 80 to tie for 53rd.
Freshman Laura Sanchez was 71st with a 12-over 84, while fellow frosh Juanita Gomez Marked a 7-over 79 to tie for 46th playing as an individual medalist only.
The Mustangs head into Tuesday's final round tied for seventh with Dallas Baptist and St. Edward's, but are just five strokes out of second place.
St. Mary's leads the way with a 6-over total of 294 followed by Nova Southeastern (301/+13), Grand Valley State (303/+15), Lynn (304/+16), Tarleton State (304/+16) and Augustana (305/+17).
"This is a very good tournament," Ray said. "I think a great round tomorrow would us up a few spots."
The second round begins with a shotgun start Tuesday at 8 a.m.