No. 6 Dominican rolls to 5-0
By D3soccer.com contributor James Derrick
A very busy Wednesday on the pitch. And the early-season action continues to provide plenty of surprises. However, there were no surprises for the two top teams in the country and Calvin and Messiah both continued their winning ways.
Calvin powered past Carthage 2-0. Carthage, coming off of a high in their recent victory over Loras, was unable to continue the trend at home, despite out-shooting Calvin 15-10. Calvin would need a penalty to grab the lead, but it would be Brad Heethuis' late 85th minute goal that would bury Carthage's chance at drawing level. Calvin maintains their perfect start as they now sit 5-0.
No. 4 Johns Hopkins amplified nerves and resorted to the dying minutes of the match to bury Cabrini 3-1. Having yet to muster a victory, Cabrini came close to holding undefeated Hopkins to a 1-1 draw. However Sean Coleman, who was substituted into the match in the 78th minute, volleyed home just two minutes later to take the lead. Johns Hopkins improves to 5-0-1 on the season.
In women's action, No. 1 Messiah College continued their devastating form against Muhlenberg, claiming a 7-0 victory. Messiah virtually out-played Muhlenberg in every aspect of the match recording 7 goals, while Muhlenberg could only fire off a single shot. Substitute Alicia Frey's impact on the match was deadly, as she walked out of the match a hat-trick hero. Messiah improves to 5-0 on the season.
No. 5 Otterbein and Denison played to a scoreless draw, playing it safe in a match with few chances and even possession. Denison nearly prevented the overtime by chipping a long-range shot over Otterbein keeper, Tara Carter, but the shot finished wide. Carter saved well on the few good chances Denison was able to create. No. 7 Johns Hopkins continued in their form defeating Stevenson 2-0. Sarah Gieszl scored her fist career goal to give No. 7 Hopkins the game winner.
On the men's side, No. 6 Dominican continued their dominance in the Central Region, defeating a talented Elmhurst side, 2-1. Dominican maintained a comfortable two goal lead throughout the majority of the match before Elmhurst scored late to create a nervy finish for Dominican. Dominican now stands at 5-0 on the season. Kiel Bonhomme's last-gasp winner in the dying seconds of overtime enabled No. 8 Williams to continue their unbeaten form. Williams forged their dominance in the early phases of the match through a Charlie Romero brace, but New Paltz spent the last eight minutes shattering a complacent Williams defense, bagging goals in the 82nd and 88th minute to send the game into overtime. Williams moves to 2-0 on the season, with both wins in overtime.
No. 9 York (Pa.) suffered their first loss away in the regular season since 2004, handing an unranked Kean College their third win of the season. Utilizing their physical approach, Kean was able to disrupt York's flow and rally from a goal deficit to win 2-1 despite being out-shot 18-8. Tiago Goetzke had the game-winner for Kean, who improves to 3-2-1. York falls to 4-2.
Order continues to be resumed for No. 10 Messiah as they hammered Gettysburg 4-0. Keeper Kyle Fulks needed to make one save as Messiah pounded in 23 shots on the other end. Defender Geoff Pezon staked his claim of the spoils, bagging two of Messiah's goals as they continue to roll on after their opening loss. The Falcons improve to a 4-1 record on the season. No. 12 Stevens recorded a 1-0 victory over The College of New Jersey thanks to a well timed Victor Daza shot. The Ducks outshot TCNJ 17-8. Stevens also continues in their unbeaten streak, posting a 4-0-1 record.
Elsewhere, No. 21 Ohio Wesleyan defeated Otterbein 3-1 in a tough regional match-up. Forward Tyler Bryant needed just 2 minutes to put Otterbein down, but Bryan Horton pulled a goal back just 3 minutes later, tying the score 1-1 only five minutes into the match. Ohio Wesleyan ended the tumultuous first 11 minutes by scoring to retake the lead and a 40th minute Bishop goal ended it.
No. 19 Wheaton (Ill.) continued their poor form of late by coughing up a two goal lead to hand Aurora a draw. Neither team was able to grab a winner in overtime. After a bright start to the season, winning their first two matches, Wheaton now drops to a 2-1-2 record on the season.
The women's No. 10 squad UW-Stevens Point continued their blistering undefeated streak, opening WIAC play with a hard fought 2-0 win over UW-La Crosse. Vicki Bieschki was the hero with a goal and an assist, while teammate goalkeeper Liz Hunter poster her fourth shut-out of the season. UW-Stevens Point improves their unbeaten run to 6-0 on the season. No. 23 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps played to their second consecutive draw, tying Cal-Lutheran 1-1. Following a decent result in their draw against nationally-ranked Puget Sound, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was unable to find the net after two overtimes, dropping to 2-1-2 after their brilliant 2-0 start to the season.