MSU Texas men's soccer tops poll once again

Source: KAUZ
Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State is back on top of the United Soccer Coaches' Division II Poll for the seventh time in program history.
 
The Mustangs matched the longest unbeaten streak in program history going 23-0-3 over their last 26 matches defeating No. 15 Fort Hays State 2-1 and Oklahoma Baptist 5-0 last week to move to 3-0 on the season.
 
The run dates back to a national quarterfinal loss at No. 10 UC-San Diego in 2016 and duplicates a 26-match run that covered the eight consecutive wins to close the 2001 campaign before the 2002 side opened the season going 14-0-4.
 
The Mustangs are No. 1 for the seventh time in program history and for the first time since closing the 2017 regular season atop the rankings. The second regular-season poll marks the earliest the Mustangs have carried the top ranking as an NCAA Division II member.
 
Midwestern appeared at the top of the poll for a single week during the 2015 season (Oct. 6) and for three weeks during the 2008 season (Oct. 21-Nov. 4). MSU first took the No. 1 spot back on Sept. 24, 1984, after opening the season 5-0-0 following a 9-2 win over TCU.
 
The Mustangs take over the top spot from former No. 1 Lynn (Fla.) as the Fighting Knights took a 2-1 loss Sunday at No. 19 West Alabama. Lynn dropped to No. 15 in this week's rankings.
 
MSU Texas is joined by South Central Region foes in No. 13 St. Mary's (Texas) and No. 19 Colorado Mesa, while West Texas A&M is receiving votes.
 
Midwestern returns to Stang Park for a pair of games this week beginning with the Heartland Conference opener against Rogers State Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Mustangs take on Newman (Kan.) Saturday at 7 p.m.
 

United Soccer Coaches Division II Poll
Week 2 Poll -- Sept. 11, 2018
Rank School Record Last
1 Midwestern State 3-0-0 2
2 Ohio Valley 4-0-0 3
3 Simon Fraser (B.C.) 4-0-0 4
4 Young Harris (Ga.) 4-0-0 5
5 Notre Dame (Ohio) 4-0-0 6
6 Merrimack (Mass.) 3-0-0 7
7 Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) 4-0-0 9
8 Northeastern State (Okla.) 4-0-0 8
9 West Alabama 2-0-1 19
10 Charleston (W. Va.) 3-0-1 11
11 Indianapolis (Ind.) 4-0-0 14
12 Limestone (N.C.) 3-0-0 17
13 St. Mary's (Texas) 2-0-1 12
14 UC-San Diego 4-0-0 RV
15 Lynn (Fla.) 2-1-0 1
16 Lander (S.C.) 3-0-0 10
17 Mercy (N.Y.) 3-0-0 22
18 Fort Hays State (Kan.) 3-1-0 15
19 Colorado Mesa 2-0-1 21
20 Cal State-Los Angeles 3-1-0 18
21 Rollins (Fla.) 4-0-0 25
22 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 2-0-2 24
23 LIU-Post (N.Y.) 3-1-0 NR
24 Western Washington 3-1-0 13
25 Seton Hill (Pa.) 2-0-1 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Northwood (Mich.), Harding (Ark.), Southern New Hampshire, Florida Southern, California State-San Marcos, Florida Tech, Wingate (N.C.), West Texas A&M.

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