Midwest Roundup - Week 2
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The second week of the regular season is officially in the books after a packed weekend of action. Let’s take a look at some of the early storylines in various states:
Transylvania (4-0-0) is off to a hot start. The Pioneers return from a southern road trip with wins over Birmingham-Southern and tournament hosts Berry. Senior forward Riley Calhoon continued his excellent early season form for Transylvania, and has now scored 6 of his team’s 12 goals to date.
University of Chicago (4-0-0) hasn’t lost a regular season match since November of 2015, and extended that streak with 3 more wins in week 2. The Maroons earned results over Knox and St. Norbert, then handed the No. 22 Carthage Red Men their first loss of the young season.
John Carroll (4-0-0) leads the way in an OAC field that’s crowded with promising early results. The Blue Streaks took no chances with the strength of schedule gremlins this fall, scheduling four non-conference matches with NCAA Tournament programs from 2016. Two of those matches are already quality wins, with JCU dispatching Kenyon 1-0 in their home opener, and rolling past PSU-Behrend 3-1 on Friday.
The Ohio Northern (3-1-1) Polar Bears also enjoyed a bounce-back week 2. They managed to beat Wittenberg, Kalamazoo and Thomas More in a 4 day stretch that culminated in them winning their own ONU Invitational.
Maryville (Tenn.) (4-0-0) remains undefeated and sits at the top of the USAC. The Scots picked up a win over Pfeiffer, then dove into their conference schedule against Huntingdon. Maryville conceded first, but used a second half explosion of offense to notch 3 goals in a 13-minute span and come away with the 3-1 victory.
Washington U (2-0-1) is rolling toward their UAA slate after a pair of shutout wins. The Bears successfully kept both No. 23 Luther and DePauw off the scoreboard en route to an undefeated start to the year.
With conference play looming, many teams have just a few games left to fine tune before it all really matters. That sense of urgency, and some compelling matchups across the Midwest in week 3, should provide an excellent preview of the drama we can expect in November.
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