11 Aug

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28 Jul

Lutheran All American Association Announces Awards

The Lutheran All American Association presents the following awards for the 2018-19 high school season. Nominations were due via nomination form by May 30, 2018. Information and nomination forms can be found on www.LutheranAllAmerican.org.

The Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer All-American Award is a unified Lutheran Girl’s Soccer All-American program that brings together the student-athletes from all Lutheran denominations in the USA and Canada (LCMS, WELS, ELCA, and NALC) in an attempt to foster sisterhood forged through the fires of competition. The program promotes physical strength and health as well as an active pursuit of Christian ideals in high school student’s personal lives and education.

This honor will be awarded annually to recognize the best players at their respective positions from their high school season.

All Lutheran high schools in the USA and Canada will be contacted during the girl’s soccer season. At the end of the season Coaches and Athletic Directors will be asked to nominate student athletes with high athletic, academic, and spiritual integrity.

Selections will be made for:

  • A 1st Team All-American roster
  • A 2nd Team All-American roster
  • Freshman All-American roster
  • An Honorable Mention roster

The Lutheran High School Girl’s Soccer Team Ethics & Sportsmanship Award is an honor that will be awarded annually to recognize each team based on activity during their high school season.

All Lutheran high schools in the USA and Canada will be contacted during the girl’s soccer season. At the end of the season Coaches and Athletic Directors will be asked to nominate teams that have shown Ethics & Sportsmanship.

A team may not have received any (0) Red Cards at any time during the season. The “season” includes all regular season and play-off contests.

Gold Award ……………………………0 Yellow Cards, 0 Red Cards

Silver Award…………………………..1-5 Yellow Cards, 0 Red Cards

Bronze Award…………………………6-10 Yellow Cards, 0 Red Cards

17 Oct

Midwest News & Round up wk 7 – conference round ups

Midwest News & Roundup – Week 7

By BJ Pheasant

This week’s focus is on conference standings and potential NCAA Automatic Qualifiers, (AQ’s).

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 7 Notes

The column format is a bit different this week and is by Region and by Conference instead of being tied directly to regional and national rankings and those receiving votes. I will also try and predict automatic qualification (AQ) for the national tournament and at-large bids.

Teams should have good strength of schedule (SOS), success against NCAA regionally ranked teams, double digit wins, and be above .500 in conference play to be considered for an at-large bid. View “Coming Wednesday: the rankings that matter” for a detailed discussion.

Only ten undefeated teams remain in the nation. Of those ten only five appear likely to make the NCAA tournament without winning their conference Automatic Qualifier.

NORTH REGION

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. Winning the conference tournament and gaining the automatic qualifier (AQ) is vital for these conferences.

The top team listed in each conference is the favorite for the AQ.

American Rivers Conference (ARC)

Loras (12-2-0 / 5-0-0): The Duhawks have an 11 game winning streak after an early loss to No. 16 St. Thomas. They have two of the remaining teams in the top 4 still to play. October 17 versus Wartburg and October 23 against Central. The ARC regular season crown is theirs to win if they finish strong.

Wartburg (10-4-1 / 4-1-1): The Knights have top seeded Loras remaining on the schedule on October 17 and need help if they want the top seed. They do have the toughest strength of schedule (SOS) overall (still outside the top 50), but still need to win the ARC conference tournament to get into the NCAA tournament.

Dubuque (11-2-1 / 3-1-1): The Spartans don’t have any games left against the top 4 in conference. Need help to move up in the seedings.

Central (9-4-1 / 3-2-0): The Dutch game lost both games this week. The conference loss to Dubuque where shot stats were exactly even and Central had a 10-1 advantage on corners makes a conference tournament victory necessary to reach the NCAA tournament. They play Loras on October 23, but also need help to improve their seeding.

Midwest Conference (MWC)

Knox (9-4-2 / 5-1): The Prairie Fire are the only team more than a game above .500 overall in the conference. They are the defending champs and expect to win it. No at-large bid is likely from the conference even if Knox loses in the MWC tournament final.

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

No. 16 St. Thomas (13-1-0 / 7-0-0): The Tommies close the season with three straight games against the next three teams in the MIAC rankings. The final game is on October 27 against Bethel. Their SOS may survive a loss in the MIAC tournament, but it would be close.

Bethel (11-2-1 / 6-1-1): The Royals have worked their way up the standings and are well placed in the MIAC this season. They play No. 16 St. Thomas to end the regular season on October 27. They need to earn the conference AQ to get in to the NCAA tournament.

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC)

St. Scholastica (8-4-2 / 7-0-1): The Saints are dominating the UMAC but have five games remaining in the final two weeks of the regular season because of a postponed game. They are also the only team above .500 overall in the conference.

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)

No. 23 UW-La Crosse (10-2-1 / 3-0-0): The Eagles won their only game of the week and currently have the 10th longest winning streak in the country at 10 games. Their challenging nonconference schedule gives them a top 20 SOS and the potential for an at-large if they stumble in the WIAC tournament. The Eagles are looking to finish the season strong and repeat as the WIAC AQ. They will not meet current #2 seed UW-Stevens Point till the WIAC tournament.

UW-Stevens Point (9-2-2 / 2-0-1): The Pointers need the AQ to get into the NCAA tournament. It is a down year for the WIAC and only two teams have an overall winning record.

GREAT LAKES REGION

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. Winning the conference tournament and gaining the automatic qualifier (AQ) is vital for these conferences.

The top team listed in each conference is the favorite for the AQ.

No. 24 Carnegie Mellon (7-5-1 / 0-4-0) is in the UAA which is listed in the Central Region this week.

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC)

Penn State-Behrend (8-6-0 / 6-0-0): The Lions are seven-time consecutive defending AMCC champs. They play the Mounties on October 20 with a conference regular season title on the line.

Mount Aloysius Mounties (12-0-2 / 6-0-1): The Mounties are the only undefeated team left in the Great Lakes region and play Penn State-Behrend on October 20. Their first test of the season.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)

Mount St. Joseph (11-1-3 / 4-0-1): The Lions have had an impressive improvement over the past four years. They made the HCAC finals last year and are looking to take the next step. They play Hanover on October 12, which may decide the #1 seed for the conference tournament. Strength of schedule (SOS) indicates they need to get the AQ to make the NCAA tournament.

Hanover (12-1-0 / 5-0-0): The Panthers have their program’s longest winning streak at 12 and are tied for the 4th longest win streak in the country. They have a young talented team, but the HCAC has had an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament only once in 2013.

Franklin (7-6-1 / 4-1-0): The Grizzlies won the HCAC for the first time in 2017 and toughened up the nonconference schedule. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out how they hoped and now they need to win the HCAC tournament to have a chance.

Transylvania (10-3-2 / 3-1-1): The Pioneers have Patrick Farmer as their interim head coach. He led D3 Ithaca to a NCAA runner up position in 1989 and back-to-back national championships in 1990 and 1991. He left Ithaca and started the Penn State Nittany Lions program (national semifinalists in 1999) and recently retired from Cornell in the Ivy League. His experienced presence has led a resurgence for the Pioneers as they look to make an impact in the HCAC. They have a test against Hanover on October 17.

North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)

Denison (8-2-2 / 3-0-2): The Big Red have the best SOS in the NCAC, but still need to earn the AQ to get in. They play Wooster on October 20 in what should decide the seeding for the conference tournament.

Wooster (8-2-3 / 4-1): Coming off an upset loss leaves the Scotts needing to win the NCAC tournament to get in. There are only two teams in the conference with a winning record overall.

Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)

Ohio Northern (11-2-0 / 5-0-0): The Polar Bears added two more victories to the tally this week and are tied for the fourth longest winning streak in the country. Their next games to watch are October 20 against Capital and October 24 versus Otterbein. Despite the addition of tougher nonconference opponents SOS indicates they need to win the OAC tournament to get an AQ and that the OAC is still a one-bid league, but getting stronger.

Otterbein (11-2 / 5-0): The Cardinals finish their regular season against Ohio Northern October 24 and Capital on October 27. They need to win the AQ to get into the NCAA tournament.

Capital (10-3-0 / 4-1-0: The Crusaders had a surprising upset loss and still have the two teams above them to play. October 20 versus Ohio Northern and October 27 against Otterbein.

Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PrAC)

Grove City (11-3 / 4-0): Consistently finishing in the PrAC tournament final the past six years the Wolverines are ready to win it and advance to the NCAA tournament. What changed? Thomas More is no longer in the conference so the crown is available and Grove City is the most consistent challenger. They have to win the AQ to make it into the NCAA tournament.

Westminster (Pa.) (12-3-0 / 5-0-0): The Titans have put together a solid year and are contenders. They play Grove City in the final regular season match up on October 27. The game will probably determine the conference regular season title.

CENTRAL REGION

Based on the strength of schedule (SOS) of the five conferences I am listing in this region it appears that potentially six teams have a chance to make the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. Winning the conference tournament and gaining the automatic qualifier (AQ) is vital, but SOS for a number of teams is high.

The top team listed in each conference is the favorite for the AQ.

Still the one as in No. 1 Washington U. at 13-0-0. Only ten undefeated teams remain. Of those ten only five appear likely to make the NCAA tournament.

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)

No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) (12-2-0 / 5-0-0): The Thunder roll. Big game out of conference game this week with national implications October 20 versus No. 1 Washington U. Wheaton will get an at-large if they don’t win the AQ from the CCIW tournament. Of special note, Saturday’s 2-1 victory over North Central was the 500th all-time win for the Wheaton women’s soccer program and for head coach Pete Felske. Felske is just the third Division III women’s soccer coach and only the sixth NCAA women’s soccer coach (at any Division) to achieve the 500-win milestone.

No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan (10-2-1 / 3-1-0): The Titans won their only game of the week as the UW-Whitewater game was cancelled. They play Augustana October 17 for conference seeding. An at-large bid is possible with their SOS if they don’t win the AQ. Need to win a first round conference tournament game to be sure.

Augustana (9-2-3 / 2-1-2): The Vikings struggled a bit over the last couple weeks and need to up their game. Realistically they will need to win the conference tournament and claim the AQ to make the NCAA tournament.

Elmhurst (9-2-1 / 4-1-0): The Bluejays have worked hard to get to this point, but SOS is weighing on them. Realistically they will need to win the conference tournament and claim the AQ to make the NCAA tournament.

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

No. 11 Hope (10-1-2 / 4-0-1): The Flying Dutch won both games this week and look like a lock for the NCAA tournament as an at-large or, most likely, the MIAA AQ.

Calvin (7-4-2 / 2-2-1): The Knights got upset this week to drop their record to dangerous levels. Their SOS is top 25, but a team without double digit wins and below .500 in their conference is unlikely to get an at-large. They need to win out and make the conference tournament finals to have a chance at an at-large.

Adrian (7-5-2 / 4-1): The Bulldogs have a good SOS and four of the five teams they lost to are in the running to make the NCAA tournament (the other is an NAIA team). They have five games left including two nonconference opponents. They have a chance to boost their record, but realistically need to win the MIAA tournament and claim the AQ.

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC)

Dominican (13-2-0 / 8-0-0): The Stars are tied for the second longest win streak in the country with a lucky 13 in a row. On October 24 they play Illinois Tech for the #1 seed in the NACC. This is a one bid league and they need to win the tournament and earn the AQ.

Illinois Tech (12-2-1 / 7-1-0): The Scarlet Hawks play No. 5 Chicago on October 18 in a true test. Overall SOS is low and they need to win the conference tournament to join the NCAA tournament.

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)

Webster (12-2-1 / 5-0-0): The Gorlocks play Fontbonne, the only other currently undefeated conference team in the final game of the season. The SLIAC is a one bid league and the conference tournament determines the AQ.

University Athletic Association (UAA)

No. 1 Washington U. (13-0-0 / 4-0-0): The Bears are tied for the third longest winning streak in the country. They have a challenging finish to the season over the next two weeks. They play No. 8 Wheaton on October 20 out of conference and then finish with the teams currently at #4, #3, and #2 in the UAA.

No. 5 Chicago (12-1-1 / 4-0-0): The Maroons cruised through the week. They play local opponent Illinois Tech on October 18 and finish the season with the teams currently at #3, #4, and #1 in the UAA.

No. 15 Brandeis (10-2-0 / 3-1-0): The Judges lost this week and have a couple of nonconference games before closing the season with #1, #2, and #3 in the current UAA standings.

No. 24 Carnegie Mellon (7-5-1 / 0-4-0): The Tartans have lost four in a row and will drop out of the rankings this week. An at-large bid seems tough to imagine without at least a .500 record in conference.

New York University (7-4-2 / 3-0-1): #1, #2, and #4 in the current UAA standings still to come. Realistically the UAA has three at-large bids. A result against two out of those three would probably lock up an at-large bid for the Violets. Otherwise they will be dependent on results from other teams.

Emory (9-4-1 / 1-2-1): The Eagles don’t have any bad losses, but being above .500 in conference is important. They played the top teams in the UAA first and could win out. This is probably necessary for an at-large.

10 Oct

Midwest News & Round up wk 6

Midwest News & Roundup – Week 6

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 6 Notes

Next week (Week 7) the column outline will be by conference instead of being tied to regional and national rankings. Teams with stronger strength of schedules tend to get noticed early, but winning your conference is automatic qualification for the national tournament.

The column is on to Week 6 of the 2018 season with news and review based on the games to watch from last week and any eye catching results.

NORTH REGION

No respect for the North region national it appears. The few teams getting votes played strong out of region competition in the nonconference schedule. Coincidence?

St. Thomas (11-1-0 / 6-0-0)

No. 20 mysteriously dropping another spot in the national rankings despite winning, and the only team from the North region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tommies. They won three games this week to cross the double digit wins barrier. In an error from the writer I misread the calendar and had Sunday’s game against UW-Stevens Point (8-2-2 / 1-0-1) on next week’s list. It was a close game in the stats, but a 63rd minute goal gave the win to St. Thomas against strong regional competition. They have stout MIAC competition October 13 hosting St. Catherine (5-2-2 / 3-1-2).

UW-La Crosse (9-2-1 / 2-0-0)

The Eagles passed the week with flying colors. 5-2 over Gustavus Adolphus (4-7-1 / 1-4-1) and 6-0 over UW-Whitewater (6-7-1 / 0-3-0) who have collapsed with four losses in a row. The Eagles’ eight-game winning streak is tied for the second longest in history. UWL won eight straight games in 2015 and a school record 16 consecutive in 2017 en route to the Elite Eight. The Eagles are looking to finish the season strong and repeat as WIAC champs.

Central (9-2-1 / 3-0-0)

The Dutch game against Coe (7-5-1 / 0-3-0) was a 2-1 victory in a match where they were outshot 17-11 and down on corner kicks 7-2. However, a 95th minute goal gave Central the win. Their next game to watch is against Dubuque (9-2-1 / 2-1-1) on October 9.

Loras (10-2-0 / 4-0-0)

The Duhawks had a bit of a scare in the ARC surviving an outing with Luther (2-1-0 / 2-6-3) 4-3 in overtime. Their next major test is in two weeks.

UW-Stevens Point (9-2-2 / 2-0-1)

It was a tough week for the Pointers with a win, a tie, and an out of conference loss. In WIAC competition, they won handily, tied after being down at half time, and then, out of conference, lost to nationally ranked St. Thomas 1-0 where the stats were close overall, but they did have a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. They have a week to rest before facing a reeling UW-Whitewater team on October 13.

Wartburg (8-4-1 / 2-1-1)

The Knights had a tough 1-1 draw with Dubuque (9-2-1 / 2-1-1) in a game that was close on most stats, except a Knights’ 7-3 edge in corner kicks. Four of those Wartburg corners came during overtime as they went for the win. The final ARC standings are likely to be more convoluted because of this tie.

Dubuque (9-2-1 / 2-1-1)

The Spartans tied Wartburg this week and have a crucial game against Central on October 9.

Bethel (9-2-1 / 2-1-1)

The Royals have worked their way up the standings and are well placed in the MIAC this season. They play No. 20 St. Thomas to end the regular season.

GREAT LAKES REGION

Another region with minimal representation in the national polls. A number of teams did play tough out-of-region competition. Still no respect?

Still the one, Mount Aloysius Mounties (10-0-2) is the only undefeated team left in the Great Lakes region, and one of eleven in the nation, surviving with a tie this week.

No. 19 Carnegie Mellon (7-3-1 / 0-2-0)

The only team from the Great Lakes region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tartans who had another loss this week against No. 13 Brandeis. With games against No 1 Washington U. on October 14 and October 12 against No. 5 Chicago they have the toughest schedule in the country this week. On the other hand, a great chance for an upset!

Mount St. Joseph (9-1-3 / 2-0-1)

The Lions had a surprising draw this week in game where they outshot their opponent substantially 24(11) – 9(4), but many of those attempts were from distance making the save comfortable for the opposing GK.

Hanover (10-1-0 / 3-0-0)

The Panthers rolled through the week including a win over Franklin College (5-6-1 / 2-1-0) who beat them in the HCAC playoffs last year. Hanover is on a ten-game win streak, matching the program best mark achieved in 2013 and again in 2016.

Capital (9-2-0 / 3-0-0)

The Crusaders won two more games this week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks against Ohio Northern.

Ohio Northern (9-2-0 / 3-0-0)

The Polar Bears added two more victories to the tally this week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks against Capital with a possible OAC title on the line.

A couple of W’s to keep an eye on. Wilmington is (8-3-0 / 2-1-0) with a stumble this week and a test against Ohio Northern on October 10. Westminster (Pa.) at (10-3-0 / 3-0-0) won both their games this week.

CENTRAL REGION

And then there was one, as in No. 1 Washington U at 11-0-0. Coincidently only 11 undefeated teams remain nationwide.

No. 1 Washington U. (11-0-0)

The Bears won their game this week. They play No. 19 Carnegie Mellon on October 14.

No. 4 Hope (8-1-2 / 2-0-1)

The Flying Dutch traveled to No. 14 Wheaton (Ill.) (10-2-0 / 3-0-0) and were outplayed and outshot (16-3) but hung tough and kept a 0-1 score line. Four days later, perhaps a suffering a hangover from the tough out-of-conference game, they tied Calvin (6-3-2 / 1-1-1) 1 all, in a game they outshot the Knights 29-4.

No. 5 Chicago (10-1-1 / 2-0-0)

The Maroons won two games this week, one in UAA conference play and one out. They play No.19 Carnegie Mellon on October 12.

No. 14 Wheaton (Ill.) (10-2-0 / 3-0-0)

The Thunder hosted No. 4 Hope and out shot them 16-3 and earned 5 corner kicks to the Flying Dutch‘s 1,and were impressive on their way to the 1-0 final result. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan (8-2-1 / 1-1-0)

The Titans won their only game of the week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

Augustana (8-2-2 / 1-1-2)

The Vikings scored in the 14th minute against No. 14 Wheaton (Ill.) and almost made it stand up. They lost in double overtime in a game they were outshot 26-6. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

Webster (10-2-1 / 3-0-0)

The Gorlocks rolled through two conference opponents this week.

Dominican (11-2-0 / 6-0-0)

The NACC champs are rolling and looking like defending conference champions.

Calvin (6-3-2 / 1-1-1)

The Knights lost their midweek MIAA conference game and then hung on to draw 1-1 with No. 4 Hope (8-1-2 / 1-1-1). They scored first early in the second half but were outshot 29-4 and were fortunate to only yield the equalizer.

Illinois Tech (10-2-1 / 5-1-0)

Whoops. Two losses on the week. One in conference and one out. Wake up call.

03 Oct

Midwest News & Round up wk 5

Midwest News & Roundup – Week 5

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 5 Notes

Now that we are firmly into conference season compelling regional and national match ups are less likely, but conference results matter in making the national tournament. September’s record doesn’t matter if you win in October.

The column is on to Week 5 of the 2018 season with news and review based on the games to watch from last week and any eye-catching results.

NORTH REGION

Winter is coming. With dramatic temperature drops in the past week it reminds me of playing style questions. Do teams in the north, who tend to play a more physical direct style, do so because that is what works on frozen and muddy fields? Will that shift as turf fields become more prevalent in club and high school levels? Scandinavian heritage and legacy? Are there other reasons? “How Soccer Explains the World” by Franklin Foer is an inspiration for looking beyond the game.

St. Thomas (8-1-0 / 4-0-0)

No. 19 nationally, mysteriously dropping two places in the national rankings despite winning, and the only team from the North region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tommie’s of St. Thomas. They go up against a Carleton team this week with 3 draws in conference and 4 overall (5-1-4 / 2-0-3). Next week they have a game to watch regionally.

UW-La Crosse (7-2-1 / 1-0-0)

The Eagles rolled along this week adding three wins to the season tally. They have a couple of trap games this week, Gustavus Adolphus (4-5-1 / 1-3-1) and UW-Whitewater (6-5-1 / 0-1-0), teams that have played close games all season, but been unlucky on the scoreboard.

Central (8-2-1 / 2-0-0)

The Central Dutch overcame Wartburg (7-4-0 / 1-1-0). The Knights outshot the Dutch 20(10) to 13(8) and had an advantage on corners of 8-3, but the Eagles scored in the 9th and 67th minutes to hold on against an 84th minute Knights goal and a 2-1 final. Central will have a challenging week with matches against Coe (7-3-1 / 0-1-0) on October 3 and against Dubuque (8-2-0 / 1-1-0) on October 6.

UW-Stevens Point (8-1-1 / 1-0-0)

The Pointers won both games this week to boost their record. This week they have the game to watch in the region as they host No. 19 St. Thomas on Sunday, October 7.

Loras (8-2-0 / 2-0-0)

The Duhawks had a light week with only a single game; dispatching Nebraska Wesleyan 5-2. Their ARCconference schedule is back loaded to the end of the season.

Wartburg (7-4-0 / 1-1-0)

The Knights fell to Central despite outshooting them and having more corner kicks 8-3. They have another good battle this week against Dubuque on October 3.

Dubuque (8-2-0 / 1-1-0)

The Spartans (8-2-0 / 1-1-0) play Central this week to see if they belong in the conversation.

There are some teams in the region with good records, but low strength of schedule. Kudos for those coaches improving their records, which will in turn help recruiting and team quality – just not enough quality for ranking recognition yet.

GREAT LAKES REGION

Still the one, Mount Aloysius Mounties (9-0-1) are the only undefeated team left in the Great Lakes region. Unfortunately, none of the opponents on their 2018 schedule provide a ranked test but they will face a couple of tougher opponents at the end of October.

No. 11 Carnegie Mellon (6-2-1 / 0-1-0)

The only team from the Great Lakes region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tartans who had a bit of a stumble in their first UAA contest against New York University (5-4-0 / 1-0-0) on the road. It was a dull affair with each team only having a lone shot on goal in 13 combined attempts.

Mount St. Joseph (8-1-2 / 1-0-0)

The Lions won two more games during the week and appear to be set to roll through much of HCAC conference play. Unfortunately for the neutral observer, they don’t really have a test till the final two games of conference play.

Hanover (8-1-0 / 1-0-0)

The Panthers won their only game of the week to open HCAC conference play. On Wednesday, October 3 theye meet the team that knocked them from their conference perch last year, Franklin (4-5-1 / 1-0-0) who may have overscheduled a bit this year.

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

The Crusaders won two games this week including their OAC conference opener against Baldwin Wallace (6-3-1 / 0-1-0). The Crusaders beat the Yellow Jackets 4-2 and outshot them 14-6.

Ohio Northern (7-2-0 / 1-0-0)

The Polar Bears added two victories to the tally this week and seem to be on track. Their next game to watch is October 3 against Baldwin Wallace.

A couple of W’s to keep an eye on. Wilmington is (7-2-0 / 1-0-0) and grinding out victories along with Westminster (Pa.) at (8-3-0 / 1-0-0).

CENTRAL REGION

Still leading the way in the Midwest area is a Central region with three unbeaten teams out of 18 (last week it was 44) and the D3soccer.com Week 4, No.’s 1, 3 and 5! Toughest region in the country?

No. 1 Washington U. (10-0-0)

The Bears moved up to Number 1 in the national rankings. They won both games on the week but did give up their second goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime win over opening UAA conference opponent No. 24 Emory (6-3-0 / 0-1-0) in a game where they outshot the Eagles 34 to 6. Their next games to watch are in two weeks.

No. 3 Chicago (8-1-1 / 1-0-0)

The Maroons traveled to cross town rival No. 23 Wheaton (Ill.) (8-2-0 / 2-0-0) and scored in the 15th minute to take the lead. The shot totals and stats were close, but the Thunder scored in the 39th and 74th minutes to take the 2-1 victory giving Chicago their first loss of the season. Chicago recovered to open UAA play with a 3-0 win over Rochester (5-3-1 / 0-1-0).

No. 5 Hope (8-0-1 / 2-0-0)

The Flying Dutch reminded Kalamazoo (5-4-1 / 0-2-0) why they are defending MIAA champs. Hope had a convincing 2-0 win to open conference play. In the game to watch in the region this week Hope travels to No. 23 Wheaton (Ill.) on Tuesday, October 2. Hope jumps back into conference play with Calvin (6-2-1 / 1-0-0) on October 6.

No. 18 Illinois Wesleyan (7-2-1 / 0-1-0)

The Titans opened CCIW play by hosting No. 23 Wheaton (Ill.). They were outshot 15-4 and lost 1-0. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.

No. 23 Wheaton (Ill.) (8-2-0 / 2-0-0)

The Thunder hosted cross town rival No. 3 Chicago in a back and forth game that was even on the stats sheet. The Maroons scored first, but the Thunder equalized before halftime. In the second half they scored again to win 2-1. Their second game in the toughest schedule of the week was at No. 18 Illinois Wesleyan (7-2-1 / 0-1-0) where they were victorious by a slim 1-0 margin but outshot the hosts 15-4. The challenging games continue as they host No. 5 Hope on Tuesday, October 2 in the game to watch this week.

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

The Knights opened conference play against Kalamazoo (5-4-1 / 0-2-0) and outshot them 21-7 to win 2-0 with both goals being scored in the first half. They play No. 5 Hope on Saturday, October 6 in a game to watch.

Augustana (8-1-2 / 1-0-2)

The Vikings had another draw and travel to No. 23 Wheaton on October 5 in their only game this week and a major test.

Webster (8-2-1 / 1-0-0)

The Gorlocks ran into a buzz saw in No. 1 Washington U (10-0-0) on Wednesday but opened SLIAC play with a convincing win. Who will stop them now, Greenville (8-3-0 / 1-0-0), perhaps?

Dominican (9-2-0 / 4-0-0)

The Stars are rolling and looking like defending NACC champions.

Illinois Tech (9-0-1 / 4-0-0)

The Scarlet Hawks Recently joined the NACC and have rolled through a nonconference slate that doesn’t have a great strength of schedule. They could continue all season as they don’t play Dominican until their final regular season game.