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Cowgirl soccer 7th in region

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The strong start by New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer has gained some attention.

The Cowgirls (3-2-1) are tied for seventh in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings of women’s teams in the NCAA Division II Central Region. The rankings were released Tuesday.

It was a big week for Highlands and second-year coach Justin Wagar. The Cowgirls rallied for a come-from-behind win against Colorado Christian Sept. 17, then tied Metro State 1-1 two days later. Going into the match at Highlands, Metro (5-0-1) had been the No. 3 team in the nation and the No. 1 team in the Central Region, and the Roadrunners held on to both positions in this week’s polls.

The Central’s top 10 is as follows: 1. Metro State, 2. Fort Lewis, 3. Winona State, 4. Colorado School of Mines, 5. Nebraska-Kearney, 5. Regis, 7. NMHU, 7. Colorado State-Pueblo, 9. Bemidji State, 10. Minnesota State-Mankato, 10. Mesa State, 10. Colorado-Colorado Springs.

NMHU was to play at Adams State on Wednesday, then host Regis — No. 5 in the regional poll — on Sunday at Perkins Stadium.