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|Susquehanna sophomore David Trank scored the game winner to keep the Crusaders at 10-2 Susquehanna Athletics|
This was an important week in the Division III landscape as a few upsets cast some uncertainty on the regional rankings. The coming weekend has a number of key match-ups that could further mar those rankings.
Tuesday provided many of this week’s Top 25 fireworks with several upsets and close matches. No. 15 Swarthmore was pushed to overtime and ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Scranton. Scranton’s Patrick Daly gave them an early 1-0 lead but Swarthmore’s Michael Stewart provided the equalizer in the second half. With the result, Scranton remains undefeated.
No. 8 Montclair State and No. 20 Susquehanna were both pushed to the brink but were able to pull out overtime victories. Joe Borrajo’s first goal of the season in the 98th minute gave the Red Hawks a 1-0 victory over Kean. Susquehanna’s David Trank bookended their game with Franklin and Marshall with his third and fourth goals of the year. Trank scored the second minute and again in the 107th minute to propel the Crusaders to a 2-1 victory.
Meanwhile, 13th-ranked Olivet could not maintain their position amongst the unbeatens. Calvin forced their way into a tie atop the MIAA with a 3-2 defeat of the Comets, handing Olivet their first loss of the season. Ryan Souders has the Knights playing their best soccer of the year as they have won seven games in a row since a September 14 loss at Wheaton (IL).
There was little suspense on the women’s side of the scoreboard this week while lopsided wins seemed to be the flavor of the week. Fifth-ranked Virginia Wesleyan and No. 12 Aurora each notched 10-0 victories on Monday. Not to be outdone, No. 2 Messiah posted a 9-0 victory on Tuesday, while sixth-ranked Lynchburg and tenth-ranked Wheaton (IL) each secured 5-0 victories.
In the only Top 25 matchup of the week, No. 11 TCNJ won a one-sided affair over No. 17 Johns Hopkins by a score of 5-1.
Looking ahead to the weekend
The UAA will hope to get a little more clarity at the top after this weekend as four teams enter the weekend tied at 1-0-1. Ninth-ranked Wash U. will host NYU on Friday night before welcoming No. 20 Brandeis for a Sunday showdown. Top-ranked Emory will also stay at home with games against Case Western and Rochester.
Saturday’s action will see 11 of the Top 25 teams on the road including No. 2 Messiah, No. 3 Hardin-Simmons and No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan.
The only other Top 25 matchup of the weekend has No. 25 Bowdoin at No. 15 Amherst.
The men’s schedule does not feature a Top 25 matchup but Friday night does feature an intriguing match in the UAA. Emory visits a University of Chicago team that has struggled yet lately shown signs of life, coming off a 2-2 draw with Carnegie Mellon and a 5-0 shutout of Lakeland. In other UAA action, No. 14 NYU visits Wash U. on Friday night before squaring off with Chicago on Sunday in the Windy City.
Coming off their upset of UW-Platteville, Wartburg will look to turn in a repeat performance when they travel to the Rock Bowl to take on No. 5 Loras on Saturday.
Bowdoin will travel to No. 4 Amherst for a Sunday afternoon match.