Mustang Hoofprints: Sept. 5

Hello Mustang Fans!

Welcome back to another exciting year of SMSU athletics. This week is a busy week for all our fall sports teams as cross country, football, soccer, volleyball and women’s golf are all competing this weekend to kick-off the fall athletic season.

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. This Saturday, SMSU athletics will host the 7th Annual Ag Bowl and Ag Bowl Scholarship Challenge 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 Stations and Shooter’s Sporting Clays on Sept. 14 at Shooter’s Sporting Clays of Marshall.

The 4th Annual Mustang Stampede will be on Sept. 21 beginning in the morning followed by SMSU soccer, volleyball, and women’s golf. On Oct. 5 we will celebrate homecoming on campus. Please mark your calendars for all our events. For all the details on these events and Mustang athletics, please go to

This Week in SMSU Athletics:

Head soccer coach TJ Buchholz, and the SMSU soccer team will open the 2013 regular season on the road this weekend with a couple of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) opponents this Friday and Sunday. SMSU opens the season taking on Fort Hays State (Kan.) on Friday night starting at 6 p.m., before taking on Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

The Mustangs return 13 letterwinners from last year’s team, seven incoming freshmen and five junior college or four-year transfers. SMSU finished last season with an overall record of 7-9-1, 5-9-1 in the NSIC, its highest victory total overall and in conference play since 2004. The Mustangs will open conference play at the University of Sioux Falls on Sept. 11, before hosting Lindenwood (MO.) for the home opener on Sept. 13.

The Mustang Football team will open the 2013 season on Saturday evening against conference foe St. Cloud State University, with the kick-off set for 6 p.m. at the Schwan Regional Event Center. SMSU is looking to improve on last season’s 4-7 record returning a very experienced offensive line and many veterans on the defensive side of the ball. Head football coach Cory Sauter begins his fourth season at the helm of the SMSU football program compiling an 11-22 overall record. SMSU’s football game will conclude the Ag Bowl festivities.

The SMSU volleyball team begins the year ranked No. 6 in the country and will open the 2013 season competing in the Grand Valley State Classic this Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Mustangs will take on Truman State (Mo.) at 10 a.m. and Eckerd (Fla.) at 4 p.m. SMSU will turn around on Saturday and battle Wayne State (Mich.) at 9 a.m. and the host school Grand Valley State at 11 a.m.

Head volleyball coach Terry Culhane enters his tenth season welcoming back nine returning letterwinners and six freshmen. Last season, the SMSU volleyball team finished the year with a 30-3 overall record including its first NSIC title since 2001 and it’s first ever NSIC tournament championship. The Mustangs made their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history, including its ninth consecutive trip. SMSU opens its 11-match home schedule on Sept. 21 versus Wayne State.

The Mustang women’s golf team opens the 2013 season of competition this weekend traveling to Detroit Lakes for a pair of tournaments hosted by Concordia College at Wildflower Golf Course. On Friday, SMSU will compete in the 18-hole Cobber Open starting at 1 p.m., while on Saturday and Sunday, the Mustangs will play in the 36-hole Concordia Invite. Saturday’s play begins at noon while Sunday’s final round is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

Head women’s golf coach, Ross Webskowski, enters his 10th season. The Mustangs are returning five golfers from last year’s team. SMSU finished second at both the Cobber Open and Concordia Invite last season. The Mustangs won the Concordia Invite in both 2010 and 2011.

Head men’s and women’s cross country coach Nate Wolf begins his second season at SMSU and will open the 2013 season on Friday night competing at the Augustana Twilight Meet in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Mustangs will have eight women and twelve men competing in Friday’s event.

The race will take place at Yankton Trail Park with the running path throughout certain parts of the course illuminated using glow sticks as well as lights from the soccer fields adjacent to Yankton Trail Park. Nearly 20 teams are expected to compete in the event with the women’s 3-mile race starting at 8:30 p.m., followed by the men’s 4-mile race at 9 p.m. SMSU women’s and men’s cross country was reinstated as a collegiate sport at the university in 2012.

I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this season!

Go Mustangs!