Midwest Roundup - Week 5
By D3soccer.com Contributor
The 2018 NCAA Division III soccer season is heating up! Conference play has begun and teams are pushing past the midway point of the fall. Here’s a look around the Midwest region
Washington U. (5-3-0 / 1-0-0) lost their opening three games but have now rattled off five straight wins, including a massive 2-1 triumph over Emory this past weekend. Nao Yanase scored the game-winner for the Bears, who also beat Greenville (8-2-0 / 1-0-0) and Wheaton (Ill.) (5-4-1 / 0-2-0) over the last ten days. Coach Joe Clarke’s team look set for a strong showing in the UAA.
Webster (9-2-0 / 1-0-0) shutout MacMurray (1-8-1 / 0-1-0) in their opening conference game. The team has an impressive 0.45 GAA, with keepers Matt Amick and Matt Coffey combining for nine shutouts on the season. The Gorloks have big conference games this week against Westminster (Mo.) and Principia.
Hope (9-0-0) beat Wesley (8-2-0) and Marymount (0-8-0) this past week to continue their perfect start to the season. The Flying Dutchmen show no signs of slowing down under first-year, national champion head coach Dave Brandt.
Calvin (8-1-0) rebounded from their 1-0 loss to Chicago (10-0-1 / 1-0-0) by beating Kalamazoo (3-6-0) in an atypical, non-conference match against a conference opponent. Head Coach Ryan Souders and the Knights are set to host unbeaten Hope in both team’s MIAA openers this week.
Spalding (7-2-1 / 0-0-1) boasts the best winning percentage in the state, despite a tie and loss in their last two games. The Golden Eagles have had three different players earn Offensive POTW honors in the SLIAC. Road conference contests at MacMurray (1-8-1 / 0-1-0) and Blackburn (1-9-0 / 0-1-0) are ahead this week for Coach Adam Boyer’s side.
Centre (7-3-1 / 0-1-1)) has earned eight shutouts this fall, including three in a row. After three straight losses, the Colonels beat Spalding, Berea (2-7-0 / 0-4-0) and tied Berry (6-1-1 / 1-0-1). Head Coach Jeb Burch sits at 199 career wins heading into away SAA contests at Rhodes (5-3-0 / 1-1-0) and Hendrix (4-7-0 / 0-2-0).
Ohio Wesleyan (7-2-0 / 2-0-0)) have picked up two strong results to open NCAC action and earned a 3-0 win over Capital (7-2-0 / 1-0-0) this past week. The Battling Bishops helped head coach Jay Martin to his record 700th win when they beat Oberlin (1-9-1 / 0-1-1).
Mount Union (8-0-0 / 1-0-0) has not allowed a single goal this season. Eight shutouts in eight games has the Purple Raiders off to their best start ever. Head Coach Carter Poe has the team poised for a championship run in the OAC.
Chicago (10-0-1 / 1-0-0) kept their positive momentum going with a dramatic 1-0 win over Rochester (7-1-0 / 0-1-0) to open up UAA play. First-year Kyle Ruark struck in the closing minutes of the game to hit double digits in the win column for the Maroons.
Trine (7-1-1) has only lost one game this fall. The Thunder are unbeaten in six heading into MIAA action, which begins this week. From an 0-16-3 team in 2016, the turnaround under coach David Jacobs has been impressive. Forward Nooh Aljabaly’s 10 goals and 2 assists have paced the team.
Wabash (9-1-1 / 2-0-0) have won five in a row, including a double-OT win over Allegheny (3-6-1 / 0-1-1) to open NCAC action. The Little Giants have only allowed six goals all season, good enough for a 0.55 GAA. Coach Chris Keller’s team is set for a big home matchup against Kenyon (8-1-1 / 2-0-0) this week.
Loras (7-1-0 / 2-0-0) has only lost one game all season, which was on the road at Chicago. The Duhawks earned an important 2-1 win over Nebraska Wesleyan (4-5-0 / 0-2-0) this past week after thumping Iowa Wesleyan (2-9-1 / 0-1-0) by seven goals. Head Coach Dan Rothert, a Loras alum, looks set to challenge for another conference title, this time in the newly rebranded American Rivers Conference.
October is here! We look forward to an intense week of games around the Midwest.
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