Week 7 Midwest Roundup
By D3soccer.com Contributors
North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
Three teams remain undefeated in conference play but are set to face each other in the coming week. Kenyon, Wabash, and Ohio Wesleyan have all won each of their North Coast games and currently lead the pack.
No. 2 Kenyon (11-0-0/3-0-0) took down Wooster (3-7-1/0-3-0) by a 2-0 score, with junior Jeremiah Barnes tallying both goals for the Lords. With their eleven-game win streak to start the season, they are looking to top their program-best perfect 18-0-0 regular season in 1990. For his two goals, Barnes earned Player of the Week honors.
Wabash (10-0-2/3-0-0) can’t seem to stop winning and earned a dramatic 4-3 win over Allegheny (4-7-1/0-3-0) in their conference match this week. Mike Gore broke the deadlock for the Little Giants late in the contest. This win was extra special for head coach Chris Keller, who came to Wabash after serving as an assistant for the Gators. Their first-ever appearance in the D3soccer.com Top 25, announced Tuesday, put an exclamation point on their success to date. Big tests await Wabash as they travel to Ohio Wesleyan and host Kenyon this week.
Ranked Ohio Wesleyan (9-3-1/3-0-0) made it three wins out of three games to open conference play when they took down DePauw (7-5-0/2-2-0) by a 2-0 scoreline. All-American Colton Bloecher hit a 25-yard free kick for the game-winner before earning a PK that was converted by Brian Schaefer. Both goals came in the final six minutes of play. Highlights can be watched here.
Denison (5-5-1/2-1-0) picked up a 2-1 victory over Wittenberg (5-6-1/0-3-0). Mark Waterman continues his solid senior season for the Big Red by scoring the game-winning goal and adding the assist on the first goal.
Hiram (6-6-1/1-2-1) and Oberlin (4-5-2/1-1-1) played to a 1-1 draw in their NCAC contest. John Ingham scored his team-leading seventh goal for Oberlin, while Hiram were paced by Kyle Watson’s first-half goal. Earlier in the week, Oberlin also tied Case Western 2-2 in a non-conference.
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
The fourth week of conference play saw the surprising Hornets of Kalamazoo serve notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with, while the powerhouse Knights of Calvin continued their seemingly-inevitable march to the NCAA tournament.
In a battle of the conference's second and third-place teams, Kalamazoo (7-4-2/5-2-1) traveled to then-No. 19 Hope (11-3-0/6-2-0) and came away with a well-earned 2-1 victory. The Hornets received another stand-out performance from senior goalkeeper Beau Prey, as well as a free kick score from sophomore midfielder Kyle “Cheech” Hernandez and a well-placed volley by junior forward Roger Mason Darling. Kalamazoo followed this up by dominating Adrian (4-8-1/1-6-1) by a 3-1 score. A beautiful header by sophomore forward Cal Kirchen and two goals from Darling proved more than enough for the Hornets.
Also racking up a pair of victories last week was then-No. 15 Calvin (11-2-0/8-0-0). The Knights toppled Olivet by a 3-1 count, and followed it up with a 4-0 blanking of Alma (4-5-2/3-5). Senior All America Travis Vegter led Calvin with three goals and now has 16 on the year. The Knights are seeking to become the first team to go undefeated during the MIAA regular season since Kalamazoo in 2001. Away dates at Hope and Kalamazoo appear to be the only potential stumbling blocks for the Knights.
Moving into the fourth and final playoff position was Olivet (6-7-0/4-4-0), which rebounded from its loss to Calvin to register a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Albion (5-8-0/3-5-0). All three goals came within the first nine minutes of the second half, with junior forward Cory Werner-Hoskins scoring the game-winner.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
There was lots of action in the Heartland this past week, with Rose-Hulman and Franklin emerging at the top of the standings after the opening three conference games.
Franklin (5-4-2/2-0-1) traveled to Lexington, Kentucky and beat up on Transylvania, winning 4-0 at their new turf stadium. They followed that up with a 0-0 draw against Defiance. GK Cody Chapman earned Player of the Week honors for his two shutout performances in goal for the Grizzlies.
Defiance (3-9-2/1-1-1) earned its first conference win of the season when they beat Manchester 3-1. Three different Jackets scored in the win. Manchester (5-7-0/1-2-0) bounced back by beating Hanover 2-1 on Saturday. It was the Spartans first conference win.
Before their loss at Manchester, Hanover (3-8-1/1-2-0) claimed their first league win when they beat Earlham 4-0. The Quakers of Earlham (1-9-1/1-2-0) then beat Bluffton (4-9-0/1-2-0) for their first win of the season on Ameer Yusuf’s 46th minute goal.
Transylvania (5-5-1/1-1-1) tied Rose-Hulman in a scoreless contest after their mid-week loss to Franklin. Rose-Hulman (7-3-0/2-0-1) started the week by beating Mount St. Joseph (3-10-0/1-2-0) by a 3-1 scoreline. Trevor Bednarekk had a goal and an assist in the win.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)
Webster (5-8-1/3-0-0) earned a big win on Thursday night when they came from behind to beat Spalding by a score of 2-1. After Abidrahman Aden put the Golden Eagles up 1-0 at half, the Gorloks responded with two goals in less than three minutes, both off set pieces. Brendan Shields deflected shot tied the game and Jacob Stieb scored from close range for the game-winner. Mike Wells tallied both assists.
Greenville (7-6-1/3-1-0) had an exciting week, winning two overtime games. They started the week with a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over Blackburn (4-9-0/0-3-0). After the Beavers took an early lead on Mikey Stephenson’s first-half goal, Blackburn looked destined for three points. But with just 8 seconds left in the regulation, Jacob Jones scored to force overtime. Then, less than two minutes into the first period, Richie Hershkowitz scored the game-winner for the Panthers.
Greenville followed that up with a 1-0 overtime win over Principia (4-9-0/2-1-0). After 90 scoreless minutes, the two teams went to extra time where Jacob Jones provided the heroics again. For his efforts, he was named Offensive Player of the Week while goalkeeper Thomas Crown earned Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Watch highlights from both of Greenville’s games here.
Fontbonne (4-10-0/3-0-0) remained unbeaten in conference with a 13-0 win over Iowa Wesleyan (0-8-0/0-3-0). This came after a midweek 3-1 defeat at the hands of Washington U. with Phil Gangloff tallying the lone goal for the Griffins in that match.
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)
Capital and John Carroll continued to roll as they both swept their two OAC matches.
Capital (8-2-0/3-0-0) defeated Muskingum (2-8-0/0-3-0) 1-0 and Otterbein (6-4-0/0-3-0) 4-3 in overtime to remain tied for the conference’s best record. Capital dominated Muskingum and found the back of the net in the 88th minute on R.G. Florey’s sixth goal of the season. Capital and Otterbein battled for 93 minutes before Cheyn Roux scored the game winner in overtime. Capital scored the first two goals of the match before Otterbein scored back-to-back to tie the game at 2-2. The teams traded goals to knot the game at 3. Capital scored the game winner just three minutes into the overtime period.
John Carroll (10-3-0/3-0-0) defeated Otterbein and Wilmington (3-5-2/0-2-1) to remain tied for 1st place in the OAC. John Carroll and Otterbein played an exciting match that ended 5-4 in double overtime. Behind two goals from Brian Potocnik, the Blue Streaks had a comfortable 4-1 lead in the 75th minute before the game got interesting. A Luis Rivas brace started the tourn-around as Otterbein scored in the 80th, 81st and 90th minutes to tie the game 4-4. The drama ended in the 102nd minute when Karol Boryka scored his fourth goal to give John Carroll the double-overtime victory. The conference leaders fell behind Wilmington 1-0 after Martin Holmquist scored his third goal of the year, but equalized when Brian Potocnik tallied his ninth of the season. He would go on to score a hattrick with goals in the 75th and 85th minutes, earning the senior OAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for raising his season total from 6 to 11 goals.
Heidelberg (4-4-2/2-0-1) tied Baldwin-Wallace (5-4-1/2-0-1) 0-0 after two overtime periods. Heidelberg owned the advantage 18-10 on shots and 5-1 in corners. Heidelberg followed that up with a 3-0 win at Muskingum 3-0, getting goals from Nico Samaniego, Christopher Koczak and Kyle Simpson. Similarly, Baldwin-Wallace beat Marietta (3-1-0/2-1-0) 3-1. Cody Smith scored his fourth goal of the year while Bill Gamble scored his first and Aaron Harden his third, all coming in the first 32 minutes of play.
Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
The second week of SAA play saw the leading Panthers of Birmingham-Southern College drop their one match of the week while Centre and Sewanee picked up much-needed SAA victories.
Rhodes (4-5-1, 2-0-0) upset Birmingham-Southern (7-2-1, 1-1-0) by a 1-0 mark in double overtime. Both teams battled until the end when Andy Roskos-Ewoldsen notched the game winner with under a minute remaining in the second overtime period. The win puts the Lynx at the top of the SAA table.
Sewanee (4-6-1, 1-0-1) picked up a solid win, beating Oglethorpe (3-6-1, 0-2) 2-1 in double overtime. Oglethorpe opened up the scoring in the 15th minute when Nick Muntean scored on an assist from Phillip Rawson. Sewanee answered in the 80th when Walker Ueland scored his second goal of the season. Both teams continued to attack until Max Hawes scored the game winner in the 106th minute.
Millsaps (7-5-0, 1-1-0) beat the visiting Warriors of Hendrix (2-8-0, 0-2-0) by a 3-1 score. Hendrix opened up the scoring just before halftime as the Majors scored an own goal to go down 1-0. Millsaps pulled it together after halftime and scored three goals in an eleven-minute span. Lukas Elhammar netted his conference leading eleventh goal of the season in the 75th minute followed by Jan Bergk and Chris Lawrence scoring six minutes apart to stretch the lead to 3-1.
Centre (4-2-4, 1-0-1) rebounded to beat Berry (6-4, 1-1) 4-0 at home. Centre opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Jacob Winkler scored off an assist from Christian Gateskill. Winkler scored his second goal of the match in the 64th minute off an assist from Cameron Miller. Pavel Terselich went on the get the second brace of the match, scoring in the 80th and 90th minutes and earning the SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
Midwest Conference (MWC)
Monmouth and Lake Forest both recorded a pair of conference wins, including critical 1-0 shutouts wins, to close the gap on Knox.
Lake Forest (5-6-2/4-0-2) went on the road and blanked Beloit (2-10-0/2-3-0) and followed it up with a huge 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten St. Norbert in overtime. Sophomore Ellis Rutili knocked in the game-winner against the Green Knights to earn the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week award, and after shutting out the Bucs and St. Norbert, Forester goalkeeper Ian Taylor shared Defensive Performer of the Week honors with Monmouth keeper Luke Cogan.
Cogan currently has a shutout streak of 307 minutes for Monmouth ( 6-7-1/4-1-1), who has gone unbeaten in their past four MWC contests with three straight victories. The Fighting Scots picked up a nice road win over fifth place Illinois College (7-4-2/3-1-1) on Thursday and got a home victory over Lawrence (1-9-2/1-4-1) on Saturday.
Both Lake Forest and Monmouth are still chasing league leader Knox (10-2-0/5-0-0) who is undefeated in conference play and has won nine straight matches. The Prairie Fire scored an easy 5-0 victory over Cornell (2-10-1/-0-5-0) in their only match of the week. Knox’s Nathaniel Logie continues to lead the league in points (19) and goals (9).
St. Norbert (7-2-2/1-1-2) followed up their Saturday conference loss to Lake Forest with a non-conference defeat against UW-Whitewater on Sunday. Despite being heavily outshot, the Green Knights escaped the first half tied 0-0 and opened the scoring six minutes into the second stanza. The lead was short-lived as the visiting Warhawks equalized seven minutes later and netted the game-winner, a penalty, in the 65th minute to close out the scoring. That leaves St. Norbert winless in their last four, all at home, making their perfect 7-0-0 start a distant memory.
This new week should go a long way in determining the league champion and the MWC Tournament qualifiers. Fourth place Carroll (5-5-2/3-0-1), who was idle last week, plays its first match in ten days when they visit Lake Forest midweek and the Pioneers stay on the road for weekend matches at Knox and Monmouth. Lake Forest and Monmouth get together in Monmouth Saturday morning, and the Foresters continue unto Jacksonville to take on Illinois College on Sunday.
Other notable performances . . .
From around the Midwest
• Loras (11-1-1/4-0-0) is undefeated in their last eight games, having won four straight. Dan Rothert’s Duhawks look ready for another IIAC championship and late-season run in the tournament. On the horizon are big games against UW-Platteville, Luther, and Wartburg, which will surely be the defining points in their regular season.
"Outside the Area"
• Despite losing their first game just a week ago, Brandeis (12-1-0/1-1-0) of the University Athletic Association (UAA) has had a fantastic season thus far. In one of the toughest leagues in the country, the Judges are preparing for two big games this week against Carnegie Mellon and Emory. With no conference tournament, these regular season match-ups will dictate who gets to enjoy postseason play in November.
Games to Watch . . .
Check out these games from around the Midwest this week:
Wednesday, October 15
No. 2 Kenyon at Denison
No. 5 Loras at UW-Platteville
No. 9 Wheaton (Ill.) at Carthage
No. 25 Wabash at No. 21 Ohio Wesleyan
No. 20 North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
Rose-Hulman at Franklin
Thursday, October 16
Defiance at Manchester
Monmouth at Illinois College
Spalding at Webster
Friday, October 17
No. 13 Emory at New York University
Chicago at Rochester
Sewanee at Rhodes
Berry at Millsaps
Oglethorpe at Birmingham-Southern
Wilmington at Baldwin-Wallace
Saturday, October 18
Westminster (Mo.) at Spalding
No. 2 Kenyon at No. 25 Wabash
No. 5 Loras at No. 14 Luther
No. 20 North Park at Dominican
DePauw at Oberlin
Hanover at Anderson
Capital at Ohio Northern
Sunday, October 19
Beloit at Knox
Lake Forest at Illinois College
Sewanee at Hendrix
Centre at Rhodes
Berry at Birmingham-Southern
Chicago at Case Western