Hello Mustang Fans!
Welcome to another year of Mustang athletics. This week is a busy week for all our fall sports teams as football, soccer, volleyball and women's golf are all competing this weekend with Mustang women's golf hosting Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday at the Marshall Golf Club in the second half of a dual meet with the Mavericks beginning at noon.
Mustang head soccer coach TJ Buchholz won his first match as SMSU beat St. Catherine University 2-0 in an exhibition match last week. The SMSU women's soccer team will open the regular season this Saturday at the Montana State-Billings Cup against Montana State-Billings, beginning at 5 p.m. The Mustangs will stay in Billings, Mont. on Sunday to take on Colorado Christian at 5 p.m.
The Mustang football team will open the 2011 season tonight with a non-conference game at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., with the kick-off set for 6 p.m. at Swisher Field. It's the second straight season the two teams have met to begin a season. SMSU earned a 28-24 victory last season in Marshall. Head coach Cory Sauter enters his second season providing leadership to the Mustang football team and he is looking to improve on a 4-7 overall record last season.
The SMSU volleyball team begins the season ranked No. 6 in the country and will open the 2011 season at the Wildwood Lodge Volleyball Classic, hosted by Concordia-St. Paul, on Saturday and Sunday. The Mustangs open the tournament at 9 a.m. on Friday against No. 25 Northern Michigan before taking on NSIC foe No. 9 Wayne State at 5 p.m. On Saturday, SMSU opens with Pittsburg State (Kan.) at 1 p.m., and will close out the season-opening tournament with a match against No. 2 Central Missouri at 5 p.m.
Last season, the SMSU volleyball team hosted the NCAA North Central Regional Tournament in Marshall for the first time in the school's history. Head coach Terry Culhane begins his eighth year at the helm of Mustang volleyball and will look to improve on a very successful 2010 campaign.
Hoofprints Trivia Question
What college did SMSU head soccer coach TJ Buchholz attend and play soccer?
The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.
The Mustang women's golf team opens its 15th season of competition this weekend with a dual match and triangular. SMSU will face Minnesota State-Mankato in a 36-hole dual on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The first 18 holes of the dual will be played on Saturday at the New Ulm Country Club, starting at noon, while the final 18 holes will be played on Sunday at the Marshall Golf Club and will also start at noon.
On Monday, the Mustangs will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to face Augustana and the University of Sioux Falls in an 18-hole triangular at Bakker Crossing Golf Course. The first tee time is set for 11 a.m. Head coach Ross Webskowski is in his eighth season and has increased his squad to 10 student-athletes, including eight returning letterwinners from last season's team.
As always, the SMSU department of athletics and the Mustang Booster Club have a full schedule of events for you and your family on the campus of SMSU. On Sept. 10, SMSU athletics will host the 5th Annual Ag Bowl, brought to you by Ralco Nutrition, Inc. The following week, the Mustang Booster Club will host the Mustang Shootout, brought to you by the Marshall Radio Station and Shooter's Sporting Clays on Sept. 17.
The week of September 19 is Homecoming week at SMSU. The 2nd Annual Mustang Stampede will be on Sept. 24, beginning in the morning and will be followed by Mustang soccer, volleyball and football. For all the details on these events and Mustang athletics, please go to SMSUmustangs.com.
I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this season!