Midwest News & Roundup - Week 8
By BJ Pheasant
Welcome to the Midwest News & Review. I will highlight women's NCAA D3 soccer games in the Midwest area. 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.
This week’s focus is on conference standings and potential NCAA Automatic Qualifiers, (AQ’s).
Week 8 Notes
The Regional rankings start on Wednesday the 23rd of October. A complete explanation is available "here” from D3Soccer.com.
Only four undefeated teams remain nationally (ten last year). Of those four only three appear likely to make the NCAA tournament.
Based on the strength of schedule (SOS) of the five conferences I am listing in this region it appears that only one team has a chance to make the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid. Winning the conference tournament and gaining the automatic qualifier (AQ) is vital for these conferences.
The top team listed in each conference is the favorite for the AQ.
American Rivers Conference (ARC)
Loras (11-4-0 / 5-1-0) The Duhawks had a tough game against Wartburg this week and were outshot 15-10 losing 1-0. The ARC regular season crown is theirs to win if they finish strong as Wartburg has a draw already.
Wartburg (10-2-3 / 4-1-1) The Knights beat top seed Loras, but unfortunate stumbles have left them a half game behind in the conference seedings. An at-large bid seems improbable, but possible, and winning the AQ is most likely necessary.