Midwest News & Roundup - Week 2
By BJ Pheasant
Welcome to the Midwest News & Review. I will highlight women's NCAA D-III soccer games in the Midwest area. 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 judgment on notable games to report each week. My editors make me look good; thank you.
Week 2 Notes
Eleven unbeaten teams out of 50 in the North Region after two weeks (in 2018 it was only six at this point).
St. Thomas 3-0-0
The Tommies beat Washington U. 1-0 with a strike in the second overtime on the road. They pass an early test despite being outshot 18-10. They have nine days off until their next contest.
UW-La Crosse 3-2-0
The Eagles had a busy week with an upset loss to Concordia (Wis.) 2-1 despite outshooting them 22-10. They bounced back with a 1-0 win over Franklin, an NCAA qualifier in 2017, and a 2-1 win over Illinois Wesleyan where they gave up a goal 14 seconds into the game and fought back to win despite being outshot 15-7. They play at Wheaton (Ill.) on September 14 at 8 pm in a game to watch.
The Duhawks pound out a couple more wins, both at home, comfortably over St. Scholastica 6-0 and narrowly 1-0 against UW-Oshkosh to stay undefeated. They may have some competition at North
The Knights crushed Augsburg 6-2 with efficiency as both teams registered 16 shots. They also defeated Saint Benedict 4-1 to continue their perfect record.
The Spartans win two more in week two defending their home field 2-1 and 1-0 over St. Scholastica and UW-Oshkosh respectively. They test themselves in a tough week three hosting North Central (Ill) on September 13 at 8 pm and going on the road at Monmouth on September 17 at 5:30 pm.
UW-Stevens Point 2-1-1
The Pointers are feeling their way through an early 2019 schedule going 1—0-1 on the weekend. On Friday they prevailed 3-1 against visiting Macalester while Sunday’s contest ended 1 all versus St. Olaf despite a 23(10)-10(5) Shots(SoG) advantage. On September 13 the Pointers visit undefeated Nebraska Wesleyan which currently stands 4-0-0 with a 21-0 GF/GA mark at 8:30.
The Auggies only had one game on the week, and it didn't go well as they fell 2-6 to Wartburg. The challenges continue as they meet Loras in Dubuque on September 15 at noon.
St. Catherine 2-1-0
The Wildcats had only one game and a 3-1 victory this week knocking Coe from the ranks of the undefeated. A test is upcoming with UW-La Crosse on September 11 at 8 pm.
A quick shout to the remaining undefeated teams - Bethel 4-0-0, Concordia-Moorhead 4-0-0, Nebraska Wesleyan 4-0-0, and Saint Mary's (Minn.) 3-0-0. Also, a notice of the remaining unbeaten teams - Monmouth 3-0-1, Carleton 2-0-1, and Simpson 2-0-1.
Five unbeaten teams out of 44 in the Central Region after two weeks (nine unbeaten at this juncture in 2018).
Washington U. 3-1-1
The Bears lost just their second home game in five seasons to St Thomas 1-0 in double overtime. They had the 18-10 shot advantage; both keepers were busy with 12 and 7 saves respectively.
Wheaton (Ill.) 4-0-0
The Thunder are testing themselves with a robust nonconference slate and gave up a goal to Ohio Northern 46 seconds into the game, but came back to win 2-1. They outshot the Polar Bears 17-8 overall. They host Calvin on September 11 at 7 pm and UW-La Crosse on September 14 at 7 pm.
The Flying Dutch gave up a quick goal to Ohio Northern inside of four minutes but battled back to a draw at one all. Shots were 17-14 to the Polar Bears. Hope were then outshot 14-5 by Capital and lost 3-0. On September 11 at 7 pm, they host Chicago in a game to watch.
The Maroons lost 1-0 to Pomona-Pitzer in a game where shots were even. They won their second game of the weekend easily handling Rose-Hulman 6-0; stat line was 29(16)-1(1) with a 13-0 advantage on corners. After that breather, some upcoming challenges with a September 11 visit to Hope for a 7 pm contest and on September 14 at 2 pm they host Illinois Wesleyan.
Illinois Wesleyan 0-1-3
The Titans have played an ambitious schedule so far and this week beat Calvin 2-0, outshooting them 18(9)-6(1). Against visiting UW-La Crosse, the Titans scored in 14 seconds, outshot them 15(5)-7(4), yet could not maintain the early momentum and fell 2-1. In the upcoming week they are at Chicago on September 14 at 2 pm.
A slow start to the season for the Vikings with only one match each of the first two weekends. However, they have won both contests; a 9-0 stomping of Lawrence on Opening Day followed by a much more competitive game at Westminster (Mo.) where the Vikings converted a 9-1 SoG advantage into a 2-0 win.
The Bulldogs settle into the season with a win over NCAC Kenyon 2-0 and a loss to NCAC champions Denison 2-0.
A quick shout to the remaining undefeated teams - Concordia (WI) 2-0-0, and Dominican (IL) 2-0-0. Also, recognition of the remaining unbeaten team - North Central 3-0-1.
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