Midwest Roundup - Week 6
By D3soccer.com Contributor
With about three weeks left in the regular season, it’s starting to heat up. Teams are battling one game at a time to be at the top of their conference standings. Let’s take a look around each of the states and examine some of the top performing teams.
Transylvania (10-0-0) continues with their winning streak. This United Soccer Coaches No. 18 team (Receiving Votes in the D3soccer.com poll) defeated both Defiance (6-4-2 / 2-1-0) and Mount St. Joseph (3-7-3 / 0-2-1) by identical 2-1 results, on the road this past week. The Pioneers sit in a tie for first place in the HCAC with Hanover (8-3-0) as each team boasts an HCAC record of 3-0-0.
Principia (4-6-0 / 3-0-0) buckled down and fought their way to the top of the SLIAC after a rough September. To get there, they had to beat both Blackburn (3-8-1 / 0-3-0) and Greenville (6-7-0 / 1-2-0) at home this week.
Chicago (11-1-0 / 1-1-0) continued their season opening winning streak by shutting out Carroll (2-10-1 / 0-3-0), 1-0 in a midweek contest. On Saturday, however, Emory (9-2-0 / 2-0-0) handed the Maroons their first loss of the season (which was also their first loss in 29 regular season games) when the efficient Eagles netted 3 of 7 shots.
Heidelberg (9-0-1 / 2-0-1) had an exciting start to their week as they pulled off an upset victory over D3soccer.com No. 4 John Carroll (10-1-1 / 2-1-0), 3-2. Mount Union (5-5-1 / 1-1-1) then handed the Student Princes the first blemish on their 2017 record by holding Heidelberg to a scoreless tie. With this result Heidelberg drops to the second position in the OAC.
Otterbein (9-2-0 / 3-0-0), taking advantage of the Heidelberg and John Carroll missteps, rose to the top of the OAC. Ohio Northern (8-4-1 / 1-2-0) fell to the Cardinals for the first time since 2014. Otterbein also defeated Muskingum (2-9-1 / 0-3-0) extending their winning streak to seven games. The Cardinals are now tied for the program’s longest win since 2003.
Maryville (Tenn.) (11-1-0 / 6-0-0) picked up two victories to extend their winning streak to five. It wasn’t easy though. Maryville scored the winner over (3-6-0) with 13 seconds remaining in the second overtime. On the weekend they were again extend to overtime, this time by Methodist (9-4-1 / 5-2-0). Scots fans didn’t have to wait as long in this match as the winner arrived just 30 seconds into the first overtime period for their second 1-0 thriller on the week.
Hanover (8-3-0 / 3-0-0) had two big wins this week emphatically downing both Franklin (1-10-0 / 0-3-0), 5-0, and Anderson (7-5-1 / 2-1-0), 5-1. The Panthers logged a season high 31 shot attempts against Anderson. Up next is a tough match against rival Transylvania on Wednesday with bragging rights and first place in the conference on the line.
Westminster (4-6-1 / 3-0-0) also had a rough start to the season, but things are now looking up as they start conference play tied at the top of the SLIAC table. They defeated both Greenville (6-7-0 / 1-2-0), by a convincing 5-2 margin, and then delivered a 6-0 shutout of MacMurray (1-10-1 / 1-2-0) . The Blue Jays scored all six goals against MacMurray in the first half. They look to continue this momentum as they travel on Thursday to face Webster (6-4-2 / 2-0-1).
As the chances for postseason may soon end for some teams, others will continue to put their best efforts on the field as they push for tournament action. The next week should be nothing but action-packed matches.
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