November 6, 2018

Midwest News & Roundup - Week 10

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 10 Notes

This is the final regular season column from 2018 - now coverage will move to our NCAA Tourney section. The format is a bit different this week and is by Region and by Conference with Automatic Qualifiers (AQ) from conference tournaments and At-large bids from the selection committee. I will also compare my predictions from Week 7.

Congratulations to Grove City who gave 26th-year head coach Melissa Lamie her 300th career victory with their conference semifinal victory this week. She is the 26th active NCAA Division III women's soccer coach to attain 300 victories.

Women's soccer is the toughest bid of any NCAA tournament. 43 out of 64 berths are Automatic Qualifiers (see more: AQs-PoolB-Pool C-explained), which leaves 21 At-Large bids from roughly 400 remaining teams.

Here is the NCAA D3 women’ soccer bracket for 2018.


Based on the strength of schedule (SOS) of the five conferences I am listing in this region it appears that only one team has a chance to make the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid.

One did.

American Rivers Conference (ARC)

My prediction: [read more]

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.


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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