Midwest Roundup - Week 5
By D3soccer.com Contributors
It was an important week of Division III soccer as several teams opened conference play while others got their final tune-ups in before opening league action this weekend. We check in around the Midwest to see who is playing well as we hit the midway point of the regular season.
North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
The first full weekend of NCAC action is in the books, with six teams having earned three points to sit atop the standings.
Kenyon (9-0-0/1-0-0) remains perfect, moving its win streak to nine games to start the season. They blasted Capital 5-1 to start the week, then topped DePauw 1-0 to open up conference play. Jordan Glassman had a hat-trick in the win over Capital while Henry Meyers scored the lone goal against DePauw (6-4-0/0-1-0). Highlights of the game can be seen here, along with an interview with Kenyon head coach Chris Brown.
Wabash (7-0-2/1-0-0) won back-to-back 1-0 games, first beating HCAC favorite Rose-Hulman before topping Hiram (5-5-0/0-1-0) on Homecoming. The Little Giants are one win away from the best start in program history and are led by a defense that has allowed just three goals all season.
Ohio Wesleyan (7-2-1/1-0-0) needed overtime to beat Hanover 2-1 and then went on to open conference play with a 3-1 win over Wooster (3-5-1/0-1-0). Colton Bloecher had three goals on the week.
The Yeomen of Oberlin (4-3-0/1-0-0) picked up a win in their opening NCAC match, beating Wittenberg (5-4-1/0-1-0) by a score of 2-1. This came after a 1-0 shutout win over OAC opponent Heidelberg. It was goalkeeper Oidie Kuijpers’ third clean sheet of the season.
Denison (4-3-1/1-0-0) beat Marietta 1-0 to start the week, then thumped Allegheny (4-5-1/0-1-0) by a 3-0 margin in their NCAC opener. The Big Red earned their fourth and fifth shutouts of the season in the two wins and were led by Corey Ricketts two goals over the Gators.
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
The second full week of MIAA action included the first clash of perennial conference favorites. Among the conference’s other teams, those that began well the previous week stumbled and those with poor starts bounced back, leaving, for now, a cluster of teams for whom their won’t be enough playoff spots to go around.
In a much-anticipated showdown of two of the nation's top men's programs, No. 20 Calvin (7-2-0/4-0-0) scored a resounding 4-1 victory over arch-rival Hope to establish themselves as the conference's team to beat. Meanwhile, a logjam developed for third position in the conference's standings among Albion, Alma and Olivet.
In addition to its signature win over Hope, Calvin traveled to Adrian (4-4-1/1-2-1) and dominated the Bulldogs while earning a 3-0 victory. The Knights were led by junior Taylor Pruis, who struck for his third goal of the season and earned MIAA Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors in the process. Calvin's other goals came courtesy of freshman Mitch Stark and senior All-America Travis Vegter.
No. 12 Hope (8-2-0/3-1-0) rebounded from its disappointing loss to Calvin by outworking
Albion (4-5-0/2-2-0) for a 1-0 win, despite playing a man down for the final 34 minutes of the game. Senior defender Corey Stelk's first career goal provided the difference, while junior keeper Ethan Beswick earned his fifth shutout of the season.
In a rare non-conference matchup following the commencement of league play, Olivet (4-5-0/2-2-0) traveled to Elmhurst (6-2-2) and fell to the Bluejays 1-0. The Comets' best chance to strike paydirt came in the 77th minute, when junior Corey Werner-Hoskins' header appeared to be going in, only to see Bluejays' keeper John Reglin tip it over the crossbar.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
It was the final week of non-conference action in the HCAC, with the important conference openers looming. Rose-Hulman have now dropped three games in a row while Anderson picked up another big upset win.
The Engineers of Rose-Hulman (5-3-2) lost back-to-back-to-back games when they fell 1-0 to undefeated Wabash and 2-0 to North Park. RHIT will need to find their early season form again when they open conference play at Defiance.
After getting torn apart in a 9-0 loss at DePauw, Anderson (5-4-0) rebounded for a huge upset, topping Ohio Northern 2-1 at home. Second half goals from Guimps Pierre and Ben McKenzie less than ten minutes apart earned the win for the Ravens.
Transylvania fell 1-0 at Thomas More before beating Marietta 3-2 at home. Ben Rossoll had a brace for the Pioneers in their win against Marietta.
Manchester (4-5-0) split two games, losing 2-0 to Ohio Northern before beating Illinois Tech 2-1. Franklin (3-4-1) lost 3-1 to Millikin in their only game of the week.
Hanover (2-6-1) dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker at Ohio Wesleyan. The Panthers took an early lead, then saw the Bishops tie the game with less than 3 minutes to play before losing in the first overtime period. Watch highlights of the game here.
Defiance (2-8-1) earned their second win of the season when they beat Muskingum by a 2-1 score.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)
Conference action kicked off in the SLIAC this weekend after a week full of out-of-conference games.
The big result of the weekend came when Greenville (5-4-1/1-0-0) traveled to Louisville, KY and knocked off Spalding by a score of 2-0. These two teams had posted the best non-conference record during the opening four weeks. Goals on either side of halftime saw the Panthers pick up the shutout win.
Spalding (6-3-0/0-1-0) was held scoreless for the first time this season in their game against Greenville. Despite registering 16 shots and taking 6 corners, the Golden Eagles were unable to find the back of the net. They’ll host Centre in a midweek game before returning to SLIAC play against Iowa Wesleyan.
Westminster (Mo.) (3-6-0/1-0-0) earned a 2-0 win at home against Blackburn (4-7-0/0-1-0). The Blue Jays were led by Trip Sheehan’s two second-half goals. Westminster travels to Greenville for a big match-up this coming weekend.
Webster (3-8-1/1-0-0) beat Iowa Wesleyan (0-6-0/0-1-0) by a whopping 13-2 scoreline. The Griffins of Fontbonne (2-9-0/1-0-0) also picked up a blowout win over MacMurray (1-8-0/0-1-0), beating the Highlanders 8-0.
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)
Otterbein increased their winning streak to five games while John Carroll pushed their steak to four. Ohio Northern, Mount Union, and Wilmington are the remaining teams above .500 in the OAC as non-conference play winds down. Conference action begins this weekend.
Bud Lewis’ Otterbein (6-3-0) beat Mount St. Joseph’s on the road 4-2. Reid Wolfe scored two goals in the win (check out the highlights here). The Cardinals beat Earlham the next day 3-1 behind Jared Pullam’s brace and Jaden Lunger’s goal. Otterbein’s Conor Holland assisted on all three goals (watch the highlights here). Pullam has 7 goals on the year to lead Otterbein.
John Carroll (7-3-0) picked up a tough road win over Hiram 1-0. Karol Boryka scored in the 30th minute to notch his first game-winner of the season. Freshman Dalton Browsky scored two goals to help lead John Carroll over Geneva 6-0. Browsky is third on the team in points with four goals and two assists.
Mount Union (5-3-0) won two games in a row to move their overall record above .500. The Raiders survived a 3-2 double overtime game against Allegheny on two goals from Trevor Wendel. Mount Union then traveled to Washington and Jefferson and left with a 3-1 victory. The two teams combined for 42 shots in the entertaining non-conference match.
Ohio Northern (7-4-0) split their matches for the week. The Polar Bears beat Manchester 2-0 before losing on the road to Anderson, 2-1. Matt Kinkopf scored his eighth goal of the season in the victory over Manchester.
Wilmington (5-3-1) had a tough week as they tied the visiting Colonels of Centre College 1-1 and lost at Case Western Reserve 3-0. Evan Schiagetter leveled Wilmington in the 81st minute after the Colonels had opened the scoring nine minutes earlier. The Quakers could not capitalize on their man advantage following the red card given to Centre in the 69th minute. Wlimington gave up three second half goals in the 3-0 loss to Case Western.
Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
The SAA had an up and down week as teams closed out their non-conference schedules. Birmingham Southern continues to claim the best record followed by Berry and Millsaps.
Birmingham-Southern (6-1-1) hosted two tough opponents in No. 11 Emory and Covenant. BSC lost to Emory, 2-0, in an even match that saw two late second half goals seal the deal for the Eagles. The Panthers bounced back to beat Covenant at home, 2-1. After conceding a goal shortly after halftime, BSC found the back of the net in the 69th minute on Patrick Erickson’s goal. The game winner came six minutes before the final whistle as Josh Wild headed in a corner kick for his first goal of the year.
Berry (6-3-0) had a busy but important week as they went 2-1-0 to improve their overall record. Berry traveled to Covenant for a midweek match. The Vikings went down just nine minutes into the match and were unable to bring themselves even. Covenant scored a late goal in the 89th to seal the game. Richard Vardy’s boys bounced back as they beat Greensboro 1-0 and Averett 5-1 on back-to-back days. Defender Bobby Grunow headed in a free kick with 18 seconds remaining to give the Vikings their fifth win of the season. Berry had four different goal scorers in the win over Averett. Evan Echols opened the scoring and found the back of the net again for his first brace of the season.
Millsaps (6-4-0) hosted NAIA-power Auburn-Montgomery and lost 4-1 in their only game of the week. Evan Kodabendeh scored his first goal of the season in the loss. Lukas Elhammar notched his 7th assist on the season. Elhammar currently leads the SAA in point (27), goals (10) and assists (7). Elhammar’s stats have him tied for second in Division III for goals and tied for third in assists.
Centre (2-2-3) traveled to Wilmington to take on the Quakers and were forced to play a man down in the 69th minute as a red card was shown for two yellows. The Colonels dealt with the adversity and knocked in the opening goal in the 72nd minute when sophomore Jake Winkler scored his first goal of the season on a well-worked ball.
Rhodes (3-5-1) visited two SLIAC schools over the weekend and returned 1-1 from the trip to St. Louis. The Lynx fell to Principia 3-0 on Saturday. On Sunday, Rhodes got it going as they beat Fontbonne 2-1 for their third victory of the year. Alec Rhodes scored a brace for the Lynx in the victory.
Hendrix (2-7-1) lost their only match of the week at home to LeTourneau,4-1. Sophomore Jacob Pierce scored his second goal of the season in the loss. Sewanee (3-6-0) lost their only game of the week to Emory, 3-0 while Oglethorpe (5-4-1) defeated Piedmont 2-1 to raise their overall record over .500. Nick Munteen earned both assists in the victory.
Midwest Conference (MWC)
Carroll, Knox and Beloit have vaulted to the top of the Midwest Conference standings with six points apiece after all three teams picked up their second conference victory last week.
Carroll (4-5-1/2-0-0) stayed perfect in league play with a road win against Ripon (2-7-1/0-3-0) on Saturday before dropping a 4-0 decision on the road at UW-Oshkosh in their final non-conference match of the season.
Knox (7-2-0/2-0-0) won its sixth straight match in a 4-1 drubbing of Monmouth (3-6-0/1-1-0). After inheriting a team that went 1-16-0 in 2011, head coach Matt Edwards has made strong strides in turning the program into a conference favorite in his third year. Nathaniel Logle leads the team with 6 goals and 1 assist.
St. Norbert (7-0-0/1-0-0), who gained some national recognition with a No. 24 ranking in last week’s NSCAA poll, had a bye this week and will play host to Monmouth and Illinois College this weekend. The Green Knights rank in the top-20 nationally in several team categories including assists, points and goals per game, while individually sophomore Tyler Kassube’s six assists ties him for 13th in Division III.
After a pair of 1-0 victories over Webster and Grinnell, Illinois College (5-3-1/1-0-0) swept the MWC Performer of the Week honors. Jordan Blair scored the game-winner in the 86th minute on Saturday to get the Blue Boys’ off to the right start in conference play, earning the Offensive Performer of the Week award in the process. Goalkeeper Scott Workman made eight saves in the two shutouts to capture the defensive honor.
The moderate success that Grinnell (4-3-2/0-2-0) had in non-conference play has not translated to conference competition as their 1-0 Saturday loss to Illinois College was their second MWC defeat in as many tries. This, despite being able to call upon Division III’s leader in save percentage, Isaiah Tyree (.935). The senior, who is sharing time in net for the Pioneers, has kept a clean sheet over his last 232 minutes of play. On the offensive side of things, Joseph Brown has been a catalyst with his six assists matching St. Norbert’s playmaker for tops in the conference and tied for 13th in the nation.
Other notable performances . . .
From around the Midwest
• Loras (8-1-1) earned a 3-2 win over Central this week to open the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) schedule and have now gone five straight games unbeaten, their only blemish being a draw against UW-Oshkosh. However, that’s also sixth straight games without a shutout—five in which they’ve conceded a pair goals—which is well below what’s come to be expected of this Division III heavyweight.
"Outside the Area"
• Wheaton (Mass.) is now 9-0-1 and climbing up the national rankings. The Lyons are also 2-0-0 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Travis Blair’s 6 goals and 4 assists lead the way for coach Matt Cushing’s group.
Games to Watch . . .
Check out these games from around the Midwest this week:
Wednesday, October 1
Wartburg at No. 8 Luther
Oglethorpe at No. 9 Emory
Dominican at Aurora
Adrian at Albion
Hiram at Case Western Reserve
Greenville at Millikin
Thursday, October 2
Rhodes at Hendrix
Friday, October 3
Elmhurst at No. 13 Wheaton (Ill.)
Saturday, October 4
No. 20 Hope at Alma
No. 17 Calvin at Albion
Wooster at DePauw
Knox at Ripon
Carnegie Mellon at Chicago
Grinnell at Lake Forest
Baldwin-Wallace at Muskingum
Centre at Sewanee
Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
Millsaps at Birmingham-Southern
Ohio Northern at John Carroll
Sunday, September 28
No. 9 Emory at Washington U.
Oberlin at Wabash
Edgewood at Beloit