WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State continued its climb up the United Soccer Coaches Men's Division II National Poll Tuesday afternoon, moving up one spot to No. 3 in this week's rankings.
The Mustangs matched their second-best start in the program's 46 seasons on the road last weekend following a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M International and a 4-0 shutout of St. Mary's (Texas) to move to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in Heartland Conference play.
MSU's 10-0 start matches the 1987 team's mark, while just sitting behind a 12-0 start for the 2010 squad.
The Midwestern defense has been one of the sharpest in the country this season, leading the nation in save percentage (.914), ranking third in goals against average (.297) and coming in fifth nationally in shutouts (7). Offensively, the Mustangs rank 24th in scoring (2.5 goals/game) while appearing in the top 15 in total assists (23), goals (25) and points (73).
For the fifth-straight week, Charleston (W. Va.) topped the national poll with a 10-0 record. The Golden Eagles and Mustangs join Lynn (Fla.) as the only three remaining teams in Division II to sport a perfect record, while MSU, Charleston and Ohio Valley (W. Va.) are the first programs to reach 10 wins on the season.
Adelphi (N.Y.), Midwestern State, Lynn, Rockhurst (Mo.), LIU Post (N.Y.), Limestone College (S.C.), Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), California Baptist and Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) followed Charleston to comprise this week's top 10.
Out of the South Central Region, MSU was joined by Colorado Mesa (12th), fellow Heartland member St. Edward's (15th) and Colorado School of Mines (23rd) in the top 25 rankings.
Midwestern State returns to Stang Park this weekend for a pair of league matchups against Lubbock Christian and UT Permian Basin. The Mustangs begin their homestand Thursday at 7 p.m. against LCU.
For the second time this season, Midwestern State received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Women's Division II National Poll released Tuesday afternoon by the organization.
After receiving votes in the USC Preseason Poll, Midwestern State is off to a 7-2-0 start to the season while sitting second in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 3-1-0 record, one point behind Angelo State. The Mustangs carry a three-game win streak into Wednesday's meeting with No. 12 St. Edward's at Lewis-Chen Family Field in Austin, a rematch of last season's opening round of the NCAA South Central Regional.
The Mustangs collected a pair of key road wins last weekend with a 1-0 shutout at Texas Woman's and a 2-1 victory at Texas A&M-Commerce. MSU defeated TWU in Denton for the first time since 2013 while earning a victory over TAMUC for the first time in four years.
The Mustangs rank 28th nationally with a .556 shutout percentage on the season behind five shutouts while coming in 18th in the country with 2.22 assists per game. Senior midfielder Destinee Williamson, who leads the Mustangs with 15 points, ranks third nationally with seven assists and 16th with three game-winning goals in 2017.
Kutztown (Pa.) took over the No. 1 spot in the national poll for the first time in program history this week with a 10-0-0 season start. The Golden Bears were followed by Central Missouri, Western Washington, Grand Valley State (Mich.), Flagler College (Fla.), LIU Post (N.Y.), UC San Diego, Colorado School of Mines, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) and West Virginia Wesleyan in the top 10 rankings.
The South Central Region was represented in the rankings by Colorado School of Mines (8th), St. Edward's (12th), Regis (Colo.) (21st) and MSU (RV).