Hello Mustang fans!
The Southwest Minnesota State fall sports teams gave our Mustang fans a lot to be proud of last weekend.
Football, women's golf, women's soccer and volleyball all put forth a great effort and had great success.
SMSU went 5-0 last week with our women's golf team finishing third among the 14-team Mustang Invitational, hosted by SMSU at the Marshall Golf Club.
Women's Soccer enter Top 25 poll
For the first time in the program's history, the Mustangs' women's soccer team is tied for the No. 18 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Division II Top 25 Poll. The poll was released Tuesday.
Congratulations to head coach, T.J. Buchholz, his staff and our student-athletes for all of the hard work and dedication it has taken to elevate SMSU to a national ranking.
Next week, homecoming will be celebrated at SMSU, featuring the theme, "Paint the Town Brown & Gold." There are a great number of activities planned for next week. You can see the full schedule of events at SMSU.edu.
The No. 18 Mustangs (6-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) will conclude a five-game homestand by hosting St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. Saturday and Minnesota-Duluth at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Schwan's Regional Event Center.
SMSU is currently tied for first place in the NSIC standings with Augustana, Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth. The Mustangs look to make it five straight over the Huskies on Saturday. Minnesota-Duluth presents a much different challenge for SMSU, which is trying to overcome a 21 game drought against the Bulldogs since 1996.
Congratulations to Megan Kilroy and Brienna Dehkes who were named NSIC Players of the Week. Kilroy was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week, while Dehkes was the NSIC Goalkeeper of the Week.
The Mustangs (2-1 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC South) will head north Saturday to face Bemidji State University (1-2 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North). The kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.
SMSU will be looking to grab its third straight NSIC victory. The Mustangs will also be looking to break a 12-game losing streak against BSU. Last Saturday, SMSU defeated Minot State 37-21, while Bemidji State lost to Augustana 24-0 in Sioux Falls.
The No. 9-ranked Mustangs (8-3 overall, 3-0 NSIC) play at home Friday and Saturday, hosting to two NSIC opponents, Northern State and Minnesota State-Moorhead.
SMSU went 3-0 in its first trio of NSIC matches in 2013 and are in a three-way tie for first place with Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota-Duluth.
Congratulations to SMSU's Abby Thissen and Whitney Burmeister who were named NSIC Players of the Week. Burmeister was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week, while Thissen was the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week.
The Mustang finished in third place at the 14-team Mustang Invitational at Marshall Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday. SMSU was one stroke behind second-place finisher Concordia-St. Paul. Minnesota State won the Mustang Invitational by shooting a 44-over 620.
Rachel Patnoe had the Mustangs' low-round on Sunday with a 7-over 79 to finish tied for 30th with a 22-over 166. Marissa Campeau, who shot a season-low 79 on Saturday, carded a 10-over 82 on Sunday to finish tied for 14th overall at 17-over 161.
Abby Gruber tied for 22nd with a 164, following a 12-over 84 on Sunday. Dana Wagner had a strong showing with a 9-over 81 to record a 27th place finish at 165. Becky Koepp tied for 57th with a 178, following Sunday's round of 94. Megan Will shot an 89 on Sunday and finished tied for 52nd at 177, while Trisha Kienitz shot her second straight 91 on Sunday and tied for 64th at 182.
In two weeks, SMSU will compete in the NSIC Fall Championship on Oct. 5-6 at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd.
The SMSU men's and women's cross country teams return to competition Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota.
The race takes place at the University of Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf Course, which is located in St. Paul. The women's 6,000-meter race begins at 9:50 a.m., while the men's 8,000-meter race will start at 11:30 a.m.
I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend and Go Mustangs!
Congratulations to Megan Kassel Mattison for providing the correct answer to the Sept. 12 edition of Mustang Hoofprints' Trivia Question: What SMSU Goalkeeper holds the career record for saves on the Mustang Women's Soccer team?
Lora Moldenhauer recorded 521 career saves in goal for the Mustangs from 2000-03.
This week's question is what SMSU volleyball player holds the record for career service aces?
The first person to send me an email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.
NOTE: Chris Hmielewski is the athletics director at Southwest Minnesota State University. His column 'Mustang Hoofprints' appears in The Marshall Independent each week throughout the school year.