September 24, 2018

Midwest News & Roundup - Week 4

By BJ Pheasant

Welcome to the Midwest News & Review. I will highlight women's NCAA D3 soccer games in the Midwest area (comprised of the Great Lakes, Central, and North Regions). National importance will be followed by regional importance and towards the end of the season conference considerations will crop up. Time is limited so I exercise judgement on notable games to report each week. My editors make me look good; thank you.

Week 4 Notes

Only 21 undefeated teams and 4 come from the Central Region: Chicago, Hope, Illinois Tech and Washington U.

The column is on to Week 4 of the 2018 season with news and review based on the games to watch from last week and any eye catching results.

NORTH REGION

And then there were none. No undefeated teams in the North Region.

No. 17 St. Thomas (6-1-0 / 2-0-0)

No. 17 nationally, and the only team from the North region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tommies of St. Thomas (6-1-0 / 2-0-0). Their contest against Gustavus Adolphus resulted in a 2-1 victory as they stamp their authority on the region.

UW-La Crosse (4-2-1)

The Eagles were victorious 2-1 over No. 15 Wheaton (Ill.) (6-2-0 / 1-0-0) in overtime as their tough early schedule pays off. They scored right before half time. The Thunder scored right after half time and the game was decided in the 107th minute. Wheaton outshot their hosts 23(8) to 14(5).

Central (6-2-1 / 1-0-0)

The Dutch won three games on the week. They have a game on Saturday, September 29 against a Wartburg team that has been tough to play against.

UW-Stevens Point (6-1-1)

The Pointers roll in their only game this week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

Loras (7-2-0 / 1-0-0)

With two more victories this week and a solid win against Dubuque on Saturday, September 22 the Duhawks are moving up. The Duhawks scored a minute into the game and 7 minutes into the second half while outshooting the Spartans 21-8.

UW-Whitewater (6-3-1)

The Warhawks tied MWC champs Knox in a game that was even on shots. Their next game to watch is in three weeks.

Wartburg (6-3-0 / 1-0-0)

The Knights won two games this week and play Central on September 29 in a game with regional implications.

Other teams of interest with regional ranking from the United Soccer Coaches regional rankings are the Carleton Knights (5-1-2 / 2-0-1) with a draw and a win this week and the Dubuque Spartans (6-2-0 / 0-1-0) who lost in their conference opener to Loras.

GREAT LAKES REGION

Still the one, Mount Aloysius Mounties (7-0-1) are the only undefeated team left in the Great Lakes region. The won their only game this week 5-3. Unfortunately none of the opponents on their 2018 schedule provide a ranked test.

No. 12 Carnegie Mellon (5-1-1)

The lone team from the Great Lakes region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tartans who rolled in their only game of the week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

Mount St. Joseph (6-1-2)

The Lions had three games against solid teams during the week and rolled through all of them. Unfortunately for the neutral they don't really have a test till the final two games of conference play.

Hanover (7-1-0)

The Panthers have won seven straight with the latest over Capital (5-2-0) 2-0 in an evenly matched game. The resurgence in the nonconference schedule after a down year puts HCAC teams on notice that Jim Watt's team is back. Their next game to watch is in two weeks versus the team that knocked them from their conference perch last year.

Baldwin Wallace (6-1-1)

The Yellow Jackets are showing their potential under long-time assistant and second year head coach Jim Wojtkun. Now that he has turned his considerable energies away from business and into coaching BW has reaped the effects in a leap forward. This week they have two tough games against PAC champ Grove City (5-3-0) and OAC conference and regional opponent Capital to show their mettle.

Capital (5-2-0)

The Crusaders went 1-1-0 this week losing to Hanover (7-1-0) 2-0 in a game that was close in the statistical categories. In a game to watch regionally on Saturday, September 29 they host Baldwin Wallace (6-1-1).

Denison (5-2-0 / 1-0-0)

The Big Red rolled in their only game of the week, but do not have a currently ranked team on their schedule for the remainder of the season.

Ohio Northern 5-2-0

The Polar Bears added two victories to the tally. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

CENTRAL REGION

Still leading the way in the Midwest area is a Central region with four unbeaten teams out of 21 including No.’s 2,3 and 6 in the D3soccer.com Top 25. Toughest region in the country?

No. 2 Washington U. (8-0-0)

The Bears rolled. They play the (7-1-1) Webster Gorlocks Wednesday this week and then open the UAA conference season Saturday, September 29 hosting Emory.

No. 3 Chicago (7-0-1)

The Maroons traveled to regional opponent Calvin (5-2-1) and escaped with a 2-1 victory. The winning goal coming in the 89th minute in a game that was fairly close statistically. They get a test on Tuesday, September 25 as they travel to cross town rival No. 15 Wheaton (Ill) in the game to watch this week in the Midwest area.

No. 6 Hope (6-0-1)

The Flying Dutch sailed through two victories this week and face a regional test against Kalamazoo (5-2-1) on Wednesday, September 26.

No. 15 Wheaton (Ill) (6-2-0 / 1-0-0)

The Thunder traveled to UW-La Crosse and lost in overtime in a game where they outshot the hosts 23(8) to 14(5). They host to cross town rival No. 3 Chicago in the game to watch this week in the Midwest area on Tuesday, September 25. Up next will be CCIW conference opposition No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday in the toughest Midwest schedule this week.

No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan (6-1-1)

The Titans beat a couple of HCAC opponents this week to extend the W column. They open conference play Saturday, September 29 against No. 15 Wheaton.

Calvin (5-2-1)

The Knights had a close game with Chicago but gave up the game winning goal in the 89th minute. They have a regional and conference test against Kalamazoo (5-2-1) Saturday, September 29 in a game to watch.

Kalamazoo (5-2-1)

The Hornets have two challenges this week with No. 6 Hope on Wednesday and Calvin on Saturday. It is a week that will determine regional and MIAA conference placement.

Augustana (7-1-1 / 0-0-1)

The Vikings drew with North Park (3-4-1 / 0-0-1) in their opening conference game. Their next test is in two weeks.

Webster (7-1-1)

The Gorlocks have a big test this week against No. 2 Washington U (8-0-0) on Wednesday, September 26.

Dominican (Ill) (7-2-0 / 2-0-0)

The 2017 NACC champion Stars have gone seven and zero since two early losses and coach Carlos Carrillo has them looking like defending conference champions.

Thank you for the feedback from week one. Follow us on twitter to get updates as we post news from all regions of the country throughout the week. @D3_Soccer

 


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Midwest News & Round Up

 

Midwest News & Roundup provides coverage of Division III women's soccer throughout the states bordering on the Great Lakes. All the NCAA Great Lakes region is included as well as Michagan, Illinois and Wisconsin all with at least a few teams from the Central and North regions. The "Midwest" contains eleven conferences and Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Chicago from the UAA. The MIAA, WIAC, CCIW, OAC and the NCAC are some of the top conferences in this geography. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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BJ Pheasant

 

Contributor turned Columnist BJ Pheasant has significant D3 experience with women's soccer throughout the midwest as a coach for the past nine years. With experience ranging from successful rebuilding projects to nationally ranked teams with a post season pedigree he is excited to spotlight happenings in the Great Lakes region on a weekly basis to help players, parents and fans of D3 soccer be knowledgeable about the sport and competition. [see full bio]

 

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