By BJ Pheasant
Welcome to the Midwest News & Roundup. I will highlight women’s NCAA D-III 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 3 Notes
No. 23 Illinois Wesleyan with two straight weeks of having the most dramatic comebacks in college soccer. For the neutral fan there is some exciting soccer going on!
The column is on to Week 3 of the 2018 season with news and review based on the games to watch from last week and any eye catching results.
And then there was one. The St. Catherine Wildcats at 3-0-1 are the only undefeated team left in the North region. They narrowly escaped this week with a draw in game where they outshot their opponents 22-8.
No. 17 St. Thomas (5-1-0 / 1-0-0)
No. 17 nationally, and the only team from the North region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tommies of St. Thomas. They have a test on Saturday, September 22 against Gustavus Adolphus (4-2-0 / 1-0-0) in a regional game to watch.
UW-La Crosse (3-2-1)
There were a number of teams ‘receiving votes’ from the North region in the D3 Soccer Top 25 poll. In order of votes received is UW-La Crosse with two victories this week in region after a tough national schedule to open the year. They won both games 2-1 with Wednesday’s match over Wartburg (4-3-0) in a game that was postponed from September 5th (weather). The Eagles scored in the 8th minute and again two minutes into the second half before allowing a PK goal to set the final score line. The Eagles play at Wheaton 5-1-0 in a game to watch this week on September 19.
The Dutch hosted Knox 3-2-1, MWC champs, and drew 1-1 in a game that was even across the stat board. Then they hosted Illinois Wesleyan, in a game to watch, and succumbed 3-2. They led 1-0 and 2-1, but game up the tying goal in the 86th minute and lost in overtime. They were outshot 35(15)-17(10) in the battle.
UW-Stevens Point (5-1-1)
The Warhawks won their first two games this week and then faced their toughest test against Washington U on Sunday. They lost 2-0 in St Louis and were outshot 39-1. They play Knox, MWC champs, on Wednesday in a game to watch regionally.
The Knights may have had the toughest schedule of the week and put up a good fight. Unfortunately, they lost to both UW-Stevens Point and UW-La Crosse by identical 2-1 margins. The Knights bounced back with a win on Sunday against the Carleton Knights 4-1-1. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.
Other teams of interest
GREAT LAKES REGION
And then there was one. Mount Aloysius Mounties (6-0-1) are the only undefeated team left in the Great Lakes region. They narrowly escaped this week with a draw in game where they outshot their opponents 21-5.
#8 Carnegie Mellon (4-1-1)
The Tartans hosted No. 5 Messiah 5-1-0 in a game to watch and gave up two goals in the first eight minutes, bounced back with a goal in the 10th minute, but lost 4-1. The score did not quite match the stat line as in the game Messiah had only 8 shots with 6 on frame for a ridiculous efficiency number while the Tartans had 9 shots with only 4 on target. Their next game to watch is in three weeks.
Mount St. Joseph (3-1-2)
The Lions hosted No. 25 Centre College amongst their three-game last week and lost 3-1 while being outshot 15(10)-6(4).
Ohio Northern (3-2-0)
The Polar Bears added two victories to the tally. There next game to watch is in two weeks.
Other teams of interest
Other teams of interest with regional ranking from the United Soccer Coaches are the Hanover Panthers (5-1-0) and the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets (4-1-1). We will see how these teams do moving forward.
Still leading the way in the Midwest area is a Central region with five (nine last week) unbeaten teams out of 44. Toughest region in the country?
No.2 Chicago (5-0-1)
The Maroons hosted No.11 Hope (4-0-1) squaring off in a battle for regional supremacy and national positioning. The game ended in a 1 all draw with both goals coming in the first 15 minutes of the contest. Chicago had a slight advantage in shots on target and led on corner kicks 6-1 in their first real test of the season.
No.4 Washington U. (7-0-0)
The Bears rolled through their three game this week making it look easy to remain undefeated. Their next tests will come in conference season in two weeks.
No. 11 Hope (4-0-1)
No. 15 Wheaton (Ill.) (5-1-0)
No. 23 Illinois Wesleyan (4-1-1)
The Titans had a good week with two wins and had another exciting come-from-behind game against Centralwinning 3-2. They were behind 0-1 and 1-2, but came up the tying goal in the 86th minute and won in overtime. Their next major test is in two weeks.