October 21, 2019

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.

NORTH REGION

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.

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BJ PHEASANT

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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