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.
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)
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)
Bethel (9-2-1 / 2-1-1)
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)
Ohio Northern (9-2-0 / 3-0-0)
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.
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)
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)
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.