Midwest Roundup - Week 8
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The regular season is coming to a close! We hope everyone is excited and ready for the postseason. Let’s take a look around the Midwest at some of the top performing teams heading into knockout play.
Case Western Reserve (12-2-1 / 2-1-1) have put together a fantastic campaign so far this season, including impressive wins over Kenyon, Washington U., and Chicago. Head Coach Brandon Bianco’s team looks secure for at least a Pool C bid, but will push for the regular season UAA championship and automatic bid in their final games against Rochester, Emory, and Carnegie Mellon.
Calvin (15-1-0 / 7-0-0) are officially the regular season champions of the MIAA, knocking off Kalamazoo and Albion in their final two conference matches. Head Coach Ryan Souders and the Knights will look to retain their conference tournament title, with Trine, Adrian, and Hope challenging them. Expect this group to make a late run in the postseason.
Spalding (14-2-1 / 7-0-1) has clinched the SLIAC regular season championship and #1 overall seed after continuing their undefeated run in conference play. Impressive wins on the road over Webster and Principia, followed by a home victory over Greenville, were enough to send Head Coach Adam Boyer’s side to their second title in three years.
Hanover (9-6-0 / 6-1-0) have won seven of their last eight games and are on top of the HCAC standings with two games left to play. Head Coach Matt Wilkerson and the Panthers host Mount St. Joseph and Defiance in their final two regular season contests.
Wabash (12-3-2 / 5-2-1) earned a massive 1-0 win over DePauw (10-4-3 / 3-3-2) to setup an ever-important road clash at Wooster (8-6-2 / 4-3-1) to end their regular season. With a win or tie on the road, Head Coach Chris Keller’s team will be locked in for a NCAC tournament berth.
North Park (13-2-0 / 5-1-0) are one win away from clinching the CCIW regular season crown. Head Coach John Born and the Vikings picked up a huge win over North Central (Ill.) this past weekend. Carroll and Wheaton (Ill.) are the team’s final two match-ups. Coming off a national runner-up showing last fall, this group looks like they are gaining steam heading into the postseason.
Despite back-to-back losses, Chicago (12-2-1 / 3-1-0) are in first place in the UAA and retained the No.1 regional ranking by the NCAA. Head Coach Mike Babst will look to rebound against New York University, Brandeis and Washington U. before finding out their fate in the national tournament draw.
Loras (12-4-0 / 7-1-0) have won the inaugural ARC conference championship, edging out Luther (14-3-1 / 6-1-1) by a couple points. Head Coach Dan Rothert and the Duhawks will play as the #1 seed in next week’s conference tournament. With their history of postseason success, keep your eyes on the group from Dubuque as they push for a spot in the national tournament.
It is crunch time! Postseason is here. Tune in next week for a look at how the Midwest is lining up for their postseason runs!
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