September 10, 2018

Midwest News & Roundup - Week 2

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 2 Notes

Washington U. (4-0-0) earned the 400th win in program history. And in a surprising stat freshman Ariana Miles recorded the first hat trick for the Bears program since 2011 in that victory.

The column is on to Week 2 of the 2018 season with news and review based on the games to watch from last week and any eye catching results.


Only six unbeaten teams left in the North region out of 50 after two weeks. Both Carleton and UW-Stevens Point are 3-0-1 having faced some solid competition. The remaining four teams have not been seriously tested, but have taken care of business. Interesting to note that Carleton and UW-Stevens Point both test themselves against Wartburg next weekend. Carlton is at Wartburg on Sunday, September 16 and UW-Stevens Point travels there a day prior on Saturday, September 15.

UW-La Crosse (1-2-1)

UW-La Crosse has challenged themselves early and not had it go their way on the field. Hopefully, for Coach Jason Murphy’s side the adversity will pay off as they enter the conference portion of the season battle tested. They may have played the game of the week with Illinois Wesleyan 1-1-1 as the Eagles were 3-1 at half time. However the Titans rallied with three second half goals, including two in the final six minutes, to earn a 4-4 draw. The overtime game on Saturday must have been physically tiring and emotionally...

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Midwest News & Round Up


Midwest News & Roundup provides coverage of Division III women's soccer throughout the states bordering on the Great Lakes. All the NCAA Great Lakes region is included as well as Michagan, Illinois and Wisconsin all with at least a few teams from the Central and North regions. The "Midwest" contains eleven conferences and Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Chicago from the UAA. The MIAA, WIAC, CCIW, OAC and the NCAC are some of the top conferences in this geography. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.


BJ Pheasant


Contributor turned Columnist BJ Pheasant has significant D3 experience with women's soccer throughout the midwest as a coach for the past nine years. With experience ranging from successful rebuilding projects to nationally ranked teams with a post season pedigree he is excited to spotlight happenings in the Great Lakes region on a weekly basis to help players, parents and fans of D3 soccer be knowledgeable about the sport and competition. [see full bio]


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