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 D3soccer.com 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.
American Rivers Conference (ARC)
My prediction: [read more]