Midwest News & Roundup - Week 9
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 9 Notes
The regular season finished this week and conference tournaments are starting this week. Urgency is the theme of the week as teams via for the elusive NCAA tournament bid. Women's soccer is the toughest bid of any NCAA tournament. 43 out of 64 berths are Automatic Qualifiers (see more explanation AQ's, Pool B and Pool C? What does it all mean?), which leaves 21 At-Large bids from roughly 400 remaining teams. I heard there was a really big lottery pot recently with similar odds.
The column is on to Week 9 of the 2018 season with news and review based on the games to watch from last week and any eye catching results.
No. 20 UW-La Crosse (15-2-2 / 6-0-1)
The Eagles won battle for the WIAC title with a 0-0 draw with two seed UW-Stevens Point (12-2-3 / 5-0-2). They outshot the Pointers 18-4. Their first conference tournament game will be on Thursday, November 1.
No. 22 St. Thomas (16-2-0 / 10-1-0)
Loras (14-3-0 / 7-1-0)
The Duhawks lost to their only ARC conference game to Wartburg, but finished atop the conference for the third year in a row (1st in the newly formed ARC) because of an overall superior conference record. They host their first conference tournament game October 31.
Wartburg (12-4-1 / 6-1-1)
The Knights dropped to second seed because of a pesky tie in conference. They host their first conference game October 31.
UW-Stevens Point (12-2-3 / 5-0-2)
GREAT LAKES REGION
No. 24 Ohio Northern (13-3-1 / 7-1-1)
The Polar Bears had a surprising final week starting with a come-from-behind tie with Otterbein (14-2-1 / 8-0-1) on Wednesday where they outshot the visitors 26-15. On Saturday they had a shocking loss, 1-2 to Mount Union (10-6-0 / 7-2-0), first since the second game of the year, in a game they outshot their opponent 27-6. This drops them to second seed in the OAC tournament.
Hanover (16-1-0 / 9-0-0)
The Panthers won the HCAC title in a difficult away victory over Mount St. Joseph (14-2-3 / 7-1-1). They were outshot overall 22-9, but only a 9-7 margin in on target shots. After a first half on their heels they managed to tie the game in the second half and win on a PK in the second overtime. They have the top seed in the HCAC tournament and tied for third longest win streak in the country.
Otterbein (14-2-1 / 8-0-1)
The Cardinals won the regular season OAC title and top seed in the conference tournament with a tough final week. On Wednesday they traveled to Ohio Northern and escaped with a tie despite being outshot. On Saturday hosted Capital (12-5-0 / 6-3-0) and won on a PK in overtime to claim the OAC crown.
Denison (12-2-2 / 6-0-2)
Mount St. Joseph (14-2-3 / 7-1-1)
The Lions put themselves in a good spot to claim the HCAC regular season title. They took the lead on Hanover in a dominate first half, but let it slip away in double overtime. They are the two seed in the HCAC tournament.
Still No. 1 Washington U. at 16-0-0. Only four undefeated teams remain nationwide.
No. 1 Washington U. (16-0-0 / 6-0-0)
The Bears have the best start in school history at 16-0-0 and have the third longest win streak in the country. It took an 89th minute goal to defeat No. 19 Brandeis (12-3-0 / 4-2-0) 1-0 in a game they outshot their opponents 20-1. They play No. 5 Chicago on November 3.
No. 5 Chicago (13-3-1 / 4-2-0)
The Maroons lost two UAA games this week. They gave up a 3rd minute goal to New York University (9-5-3 / 4-1-1) and outshot them 29-5, but couldn't overcome the early disadvantage. Then they played a fairly even game statistically speaking with No. 19 Brandeis (12-3-0 / 4-2-0) and also lost 1-0 to fall to fourth in the UAA standings. They play No. 1 Washington U. on November 3.
No. 7 Wheaton (Ill) (15-3-0 / 8-0-0)
No. 11 Hope (13-1-2 / 7-0-1)
Augustana (13-2-3 / 5-1-2)
Illinois Wesleyan (12-4-1 / 5-3-0)
The Titans rebounded with two wins this week and a third place regular season finish.
Dominican (16-2-0 / 11-0-0)
Webster (16-2-1 / 9-0-0)
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