Week 10 Midwest Roundup
By D3soccer.com Contributors
North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
The Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan captured another North Coast Athletic Conference regular season championship this weekend, finishing undefeated in conference play.
No. 17 Ohio Wesleyan (14-3-2/8-0-1) finished NCAC play with a 4-1 win over rival Denison (8-8-1/5-4-0) and a 2-0 win over Hiram (8-8-2/3-4-2). With the wins, the Battling Bishops secured the regular season title and #1 seed for the conference tournament.
No. 7 Kenyon (15-1-1/7-1-1) finished second overall, winning both their games this past week. After a 5-0 defeat of Wittenberg (7-10-1/2-7-0), the Lords notched another shutout with a 3-0 blanking of Oberlin (5-10-2/2-6-1). Sam Clougher picked up both shutouts for Kenyon, the #2 seed in the conference tourney.
Wabash (13-2-2/6-2-1) played DePauw (10-7-1/5-3-1) to a 1-1 draw, then finished the season by edging Wooster (3-13-1/0-9-0) 2-1. The Little Giants will enter the conference tournament as the #3 seed, earning the most wins in a season in program history.
DePauw squeaked into the conference tournament when they ended the regular season with a dramatic 3-2 win over Denison. The Big Red needed just a draw to nudge ahead of the Tigers but were unable to go to Greencastle and pick up a point. DePauw will enter the league tourney as the #4 seed.
Conference Tournament Preview
#1 Ohio Wesleyan vs #4 DePauw
In a rematch of last year’s semifinals, the Battling Bishops and Tigers will meet again in Delaware, OH. Head Coaches Jay Martin and Brad Hauter battled earlier this season with OWU claiming a 2-0 win, with both goals coming in the last six minutes of the game. This game should be an instant classic.
#2 Kenyon vs #3 Wabash
Kenyon’s only loss of the season came at the hands of Wabash, in a 1-0 defeat in Crawfordsville. This time, the Lords will play hosts to the Little Giants and will seek revenge from their midseason loss. Head Coaches Chris Brown and Chris Keller have both had outstanding seasons and this should be an electric affair in Gambier, OH.
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
And then there were four: Calvin, Kalamazoo, Hope and Alma. The seventh (and final) week of conference play featured some thrilling finishes as well as a handful of surprises, with four teams surviving to move on to the conference tournament.
Riding their stingy defense and timely offense, Kalamazoo (11-6-2, 9-4-1) achieved a second place finish in the regular season standings. This is the Hornets' highest finish since the 2002 season. Kalamazoo began the week by dominating Trine (5-14-1, 2-12-0) by a 3-0 count. Goals were provided by senior midfielder Emerison Talanda-Fisher, sophomore forward Cal Kirchen and junior forward Roger Mason Darling. The Hornets followed it up by defeating Hope (13-6-1,8-5-1) 1-0 in overtime in a showdown for second place. Junior defender Jordan Veillette's header off of a perfectly-struck free kick from sophomore midfielder Kyle “Cheech” Hernadez provided the winning tally. See the goal here.
The conference's big gun, No. 6 Calvin (17-2-0, 14-0-0), continued its march to a number one seed in the NCAA tournament with a pair of victories. Playing a majority of the match a man down, the Knights blanked Albion (8-11-0, 6-8-0) on the road 1-0. All-American forward Travis Vegter provided the game's only goal on an assist from sophomore midfielder Stephan Hooker. Calvin completed the first fourteen-game undefeated, untied season in conference history with a 6-1 humbling of Olivet (9-11-0, 7-7-0). In the game, Vegter picked up his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season. The Knights finished the conference regular season scoring 51 goals while allowing only three.
Completing their best season in 12 years, Alma (8-7-3, 7-6-1) snagged the fourth and final playoff seat with a 1-0-1 week. The Scots began the week with a hard-fought 1-1 tie at Hope, with freshman midfielder Sam Falardeau scoring for the Scots. Alma followed it up with a 3-0 win over Adrian (4-14-1, 1-12-1). Junior midfielder Julian Birge scored a pair of goals, while sophomore forward Tyler Raab provided the other tally.
Conference Tournament Preview
#1 Calvin vs #4 Alma
The Scots face a mountain of a task when they travel to Grand Rapids to take on No. 6 Calvin. The Knights defeated Alma by identical 4-0 scores during the MIAA’s unusual home-and-away conference schedule. The key to the Scots’ upset hopes will reside in their ability to capitalize on the few scoring chances likely to come their way while simultaneously shutting down Knights’ All-American forward Travis Vegter, who scored four times in the two games.
#2 Kalamazoo vs #3 Hope
Kalamazoo will attempt to accomplish the difficult task of defeating a team three times in one season as they host the Flying Dutchmen of Hope. The Hornets enter the game winners of eight of their last ten and appear to be making a late push for NCAA consideration. Kalamazoo relies on a stifling defense, led by senior goalkeeper Beau Prey, combined with just enough offense. Meanwhile, Hope, which was ranked as high as 12th nationally, will be looking to revive their withering NCAA hopes. Expect a nail-biter in Kalamazoo.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
There are co-champions in the Heartland this year, as Rose-Hulman and Transylvania share the crown.
Rose-Hulman (12-4-3/7-1-1) blanked Anderson (10-8-1/4-4-1) 1-0, then defeated Bluffton (6-13-0/3-6-0) by a 3-1 tally in their regular season finale. The Engineers were led by goalkeeper Drew Miller’s solid performances in both games. With the wins, RHIT secured the #2 seed in the conference tournament.
Transylvania (11-5-1/7-1-1) blasted Anderson by a 7-1 scoreline in their regular season finale to place themselves at the top of the standings alongside RHIT. The Pioneers had five different goalscorers, with Daniel Mudd and Blake Chidester scoring braces. Transy will serve as the #1 seed.
Franklin (8-6-3/5-2-2) won their final two games of the season to secure the #3 seed in the tournament. After a 2-0 win over Manchester (6-12-0/2-7-0), the Grizzlies defeated Earlham (4-11-2/4-4-1) by the same margin. Ian Mullen had both goals in the game versus Manchester.
Conference Tournament Preview
#1 Transylvania vs #4 Anderson
In a rematch from just last week, Anderson will look to regroup quickly following their 7-1 thrashing on Saturday. The Pioneers scored early and often this past weekend and will look to repeat that performance at home this Wednesday. Head Coaches Matt Vogel and Scott Fridley will square off in Lexington, KY.
#2 Rose-Hulman vs #3 Franklin
Rose-Hulman beat Franklin by a slim 1-0 margin back in mid-October. It was a tight contest with RHIT taking 16 shots to the Grizzlies 12 shots and an early first-half goal proving to be the difference. Both teams have finished the year in strong fashion and so this should be an exciting match in Terra Haute, IN.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)
The four teams for the SLIAC Tournament are set after the regular season finales on Saturday. Webster, Westminster, Spalding, and Fontbonne will all compete for the SLIAC Tournament Championship and automatic NCAA Tournament bid this upcoming weekend.
Webster (10-8-2/8-0-1) finished the conference regular season undefeated, dropping Fontbonne (7-13-0/6-3-0) by a 1-0 score at home. Mike Wells scored the lone goal for the Gorloks. Despite the loss, the Griffins will enter the tourney as the #4 seed.
Spalding (12-5-1/6-2-1) needed to win both games to comfortably secure a spot in the conference tournament and did so by beating Principia (4-4-1/6-12-1) 4-1 and Blackburn (6-13-0/2-7-0) 5-1. The Golden Eagles are ranked in the top five in the country in Goals Per Game and had Abdullahi Abdullahi tally two goals and two assists over the weekend.
Conference Tournament Preview
#1 Webster vs #4 Fontbonne
The Gorloks and Griffins will square up for the second time in less than a week when they meet in O’Fallon, MO for the conference semifinal game. Webster won convincingly this past weekend but will feel the pressure as they attempt to repeat. Head Coaches Mike Siener and Brian Hoener, who are former high school teammates, will each look for a spot in the championship game on Saturday.
#2 Westminster vs #3 Spalding
The Blue Jays and Golden Eagles split the points earlier this year in an exciting 2-2 draw in Louisville KY. Westminster coach Andrew Bordelon returns to the postseason, where last year he took his team all the way into the NCAA Sweet 16. Head Coach Adam Boyer and the Golden Eagles are appearing in the postseason tournament for the first time since transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III.
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)
John Carroll claimed the OAC title this past weekend, wrapping up a perfect conference season as they took nine out of nine.
John Carroll (16-3-0/9-0-0) knocked off Muskingum (5-14-0/1-8-0) by a 3-0 score to finish up their regular season in style. Matt Brodman, Kevin Pachuta, and Jesse Marinaro all scored for the Lobos, who will be the #1 seed in the conference tournament, receiving a first-round bye.
Baldwin-Wallace (10-9-1/6-2-1) thumped Capital (9-8-1/4-4-1) 4-0 to finish second in the standings. Michael Brennan had three assists in the shutout . The Yellow Jackets will be the #2 seed in the tournament and earn a first-round bye as well. The Crusaders, meanwhile, will enter the league tourney as the #5 seed.
Heidelberg (10-6-3/6-2-1) earned an important 2-0 win over Wilmington (8-8-3/3-4-2). Leading goal-scorer Hamid Shareef tallied both goals and helped the Student Princes to the #3 overall seed. Wilmington, meanwhile, were eliminated from postseason contention with the loss.
The Polar Bears of Ohio Northern (12-7-1/5-3-1) ended the regular season with a win, beating Marietta (6-11-0/4-5-0) behind two first-half goals. ONU enter the OAC Tournament as the #4 seed while the Pioneers are the final team in as the #6 seed.
Conference Tournament Preview
#1 John Carroll – BYE
#2 Baldwin-Wallace – BYE
#3 Heidelberg vs #6 Marietta
Just over a week ago, Heidelberg beat Marietta in a 1-0 overtime game in Marietta OH. This time, the teams will battle it out in Tiffin OH. Christopher Koczak’s OT game-winner was the difference. The winner gets to square off against #1 seed John Carroll.
#4 Ohio Northern vs #5 Capital
Ohio Northern took down Capital by a 2-1 score in mid-October, winning in overtime. After both teams scored less than thirty seconds apart in the first half, Austin Horton tallied the sudden-death game-winner in the 98th minute. It was about as even as a contest as possible, and so expect to see another battle to the finish when head coaches Brent Ridenour and Alan Yost square off this week.
Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
Millsaps clinched the regular season championship this past weekend in dramatic fashion. All eight teams get the chance to battle for a spot in the NCAA Tournament as the conference has an automatic berth for the first time this season.
Millsaps (12-5-0/6-1-0) beat Rhodes (6-7-3/3-2-2) in overtime this past weekend, when John Overton scored his second goal of the game in the 93rd minute of action. With the win, the Majors clinched the regular season SAA Championship and #1 seed for the conference tournament. The Lynx will enter the tournament as the #4 seed.
Birmingham-Southern (11-3-1/5-2-0) shutout Hendrix (3-14-1/0-7-0) by a 1-0 score in their regular season finale. Bastian Jediczka scored the winner in the 67th minute and was all the Panthers needed to win the game and secure the #2 seed in the tournament. The Warriors, meanwhile, finished the regular season without a win in conference and will take the #8 seed.
Centre (8-3-5/4-1-2) thumped Oglethorpe (7-10-1/2-5-0) 5-1 to close out the regular season on a high note. Sophomore Christian Gateskill continued his strong run of form with one goal and two assists in the game. The Colonels will serve as the #3 seed while the Stormy Petrels are the #7 seed
Berry (9-6-1/3-3-1) had a convincing 2-0 win over Sewanee (5-10-1/2-4-1) to close out the regular season with three points. Christian Fulbright opened the scoring in the 50th minute then turned provider for the second goal in the 73rd minute. With the result, the Vikings are the #5 seed and the Tigers are the #6 seed.
Conference Tournament Preview
#1 Millsaps vs #8 Hendrix
Hendrix, winless in conference play this year, held a 1-0 lead for most of the game in these two teams regular season match-up, but surrendered three late goals to lose 3-1 to Millsaps. The Warriors will need to contain conference-leading goal scorer Lukas Elmhammar if they want to get a result.
#2 Birmingham-Southern vs #7 Oglethorpe
BSC whooped up on Oglethorpe earlier this year, winning 4-1. However, the Stormy Petrels were winning at the half, and will look to tighten up their defense when they meet this Friday. The teams of head coaches Preston Goldfarb and Jon Akin should produce an exciting match-up.
#3 Centre vs #6 Sewanee
The Colonels and Tigers battled to a draw earlier this season in a tight 1-1 affair. Both goals were scored early in the game. Head Coach Jeb Burch of Centre will look to use his tournament experience as he squared off against first-year head coach Tony Pacella. Burch’s teams have reached the conference tournament finals in two of the last three seasons but have yet to win it.
#4 Rhodes vs #5 Berry
Just a week ago, the Lynx and Vikings battled to a 1-1 draw. Berry scored in the opening four minutes while Rhodes tied it with just two minutes remaining. The shot count was almost identical and this should be a tasty affair in the opening round of the tournament.
Midwest Conference (MWC)
Four of the six MWC games on Saturday impacted the four-team tournament field, including Lake Forest’s 2-1 upset of Knox who had already clinched the MWC Championship and the #1 seed and hosting privileges for the conference tournament which would award an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
With a loss or a tie, Lake Forest (7-9-2/6-2-2) would have been left out of the playoff picture, but with the win, the Foresters secured the #2 seed and will play #3 Carroll (8-8-2/6-3-1) on Friday. Little changed for Knox (14-3-0/9-1-0) despite the loss and they will square off with #4 Illinois College (10-6-2/6-3-1) in the other semifinal. Early last week, the Prairie Fire knocked off the Monmouth 4-2.
Carroll, Illinois College and Monmouth (8-9-1/6-3-1) all finished in a tie for third place in the league standings with 19 points. The Pioneers fell to St. Norbert on Saturday, the Blueboys defeated Cornell (3-13-2/1-8-1), and the Fighting Scots beat Beloit (2-15-0/2-8-0). Unfortunately for Monmouth, they are on the outside looking in as the three-team tiebreaker went to Illinois and Carroll.
Grinnell (9-3-5/5-2-3) and St. Norbert (11-4-3/5-2-3) were both just one point short of making it a five-way tie to get into the tournament after wins over Ripon (2-15-1/ 0-10-0) and Carroll (8-8-2/-3-1), respectively.
At the end of the regular season, Knox’s Nathaniel Logie leads the league in points (28), goals (13), and game-winning goals (5) while St. Norbert’s Tyler Kassube’s 12 assists sit at the top of the conference. Isaiah Tyree of Grinnell led the conference in goals against average (0.22) and save percentage (.959) and Beloit’s B.J. Kiser had 133 saves to lead the league.