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 4 Notes
The column is on to Week 4 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 were none. No undefeated teams in the North Region.
No. 17 St. Thomas (6-1-0 / 2-0-0)
No. 17 nationally, and the only team from the North region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tommies of St. Thomas (6-1-0 / 2-0-0). Their contest against Gustavus Adolphus resulted in a 2-1 victory as they stamp their authority on the region.
UW-La Crosse (4-2-1)
The Eagles were victorious 2-1 over No. 15 Wheaton (Ill.) (6-2-0 / 1-0-0) in overtime as their tough early schedule pays off. They scored right before half time. The Thunder scored right after half time and the game was decided in the 107th minute. Wheaton outshot their hosts 23(8) to 14(5).
Central (6-2-1 / 1-0-0)
UW-Stevens Point (6-1-1)
The Pointers roll in their only game this week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.
Loras (7-2-0 / 1-0-0)
With two more victories this week and a solid win against Dubuque on Saturday, September 22 the Duhawksare moving up. The Duhawks scored a minute into the game and 7 minutes into the second half while outshooting the Spartans 21-8.
Wartburg (6-3-0 / 1-0-0)
Other teams of interest with regional ranking from the United Soccer Coaches regional rankings are the Carleton Knights (5-1-2 / 2-0-1) with a draw and a win this week and the Dubuque Spartans (6-2-0 / 0-1-0) who lost in their conference opener to Loras.
GREAT LAKES REGION
Still the one, Mount Aloysius Mounties (7-0-1) are the only undefeated team left in the Great Lakes region. The won their only game this week 5-3. Unfortunately none of the opponents on their 2018 schedule provide a ranked test.
No. 12 Carnegie Mellon (5-1-1)
The lone team from the Great Lakes region ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25 are the Tartans who rolled in their only game of the week. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.
Mount St. Joseph (6-1-2)
The Lions had three games against solid teams during the week and rolled through all of them. Unfortunately for the neutral they don’t really have a test till the final two games of conference play.
The Panthers have won seven straight with the latest over Capital (5-2-0) 2-0 in an evenly matched game. The resurgence in the nonconference schedule after a down year puts HCAC teams on notice that Jim Watt’s team is back. Their next game to watch is in two weeks versus the team that knocked them from their conference perch last year.
Baldwin Wallace (6-1-1)
The Yellow Jackets are showing their potential under long-time assistant and second year head coach Jim Wojtkun. Now that he has turned his considerable energies away from business and into coaching BW has reaped the effects in a leap forward. This week they have two tough games against PAC champ Grove City (5-3-0) and OAC conference and regional opponent Capital to show their mettle.
The Crusaders went 1-1-0 this week losing to Hanover (7-1-0) 2-0 in a game that was close in the statistical categories. In a game to watch regionally on Saturday, September 29 they host Baldwin Wallace (6-1-1).
Denison (5-2-0 / 1-0-0)
The Big Red rolled in their only game of the week, but do not have a currently ranked team on their schedule for the remainder of the season.
Ohio Northern 5-2-0
The Polar Bears added two victories to the tally. Their next game to watch is in two weeks.
Still leading the way in the Midwest area is a Central region with four unbeaten teams out of 21 including No.’s 2,3 and 6 in the D3soccer.com Top 25. Toughest region in the country?
No. 2 Washington U. (8-0-0)
No. 3 Chicago (7-0-1)
The Maroons traveled to regional opponent Calvin (5-2-1) and escaped with a 2-1 victory. The winning goal coming in the 89th minute in a game that was fairly close statistically. They get a test on Tuesday, September 25 as they travel to cross town rival No. 15 Wheaton (Ill) in the game to watch this week in the Midwest area.
No. 6 Hope (6-0-1)
No. 15 Wheaton (Ill) (6-2-0 / 1-0-0)
The Thunder traveled to UW-La Crosse and lost in overtime in a game where they outshot the hosts 23(8) to 14(5). They host to cross town rival No. 3 Chicago in the game to watch this week in the Midwest area on Tuesday, September 25. Up next will be CCIW conference opposition No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday in the toughest Midwest schedule this week.
No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan (6-1-1)
The Knights had a close game with Chicago but gave up the game winning goal in the 89th minute. They have a regional and conference test against Kalamazoo (5-2-1) Saturday, September 29 in a game to watch.
Augustana (7-1-1 / 0-0-1)
The Gorlocks have a big test this week against No. 2 Washington U (8-0-0) on Wednesday, September 26.
Dominican (Ill) (7-2-0 / 2-0-0)