Midweek Wrap - Week 1
The Midweek Wrap highlights weekday matches before they are forgotten in the weekend whirlwind. Compelling match-ups and intriguing results from across the country will be covered. You can expect brief recaps of the games themselves while the performances and outcomes will be placed into context, be that of a player's career, a team's season, a conference race, tournament bids, or a more historical context.
Monday, September 1
North Park 4, St. Mary’s (Minn.) 1
The North Park Vikings (2-0-0) maintained their perfect record with a comfortable 4-1 victory over St. Mary's (Minn.) (0-1-0). North Park took a 1-0 halftime lead courtesy of Pedram Tahmi-Masoleh, and the score remained 1-0 until late goals from Nathaniel Paisley and Diego Lashlee put the game out of reach. The Vikings, expected to challenge Wheaton (Ill.) at the top of the CCIW, have had seven different scorers in two games, suggesting strength in depth for 2014.
Concordia (Texas) 3, Texas Lutheran 2 (2OT)
In a good old-fashioned Texas shoot-out, 10-man Concordia (Texas) (1-1-0) survived two comebacks and a second-half onslaught to beat Texas Lutheran (1-1-0). After Texas Lutheran’s David Ching cancelled out Matthew Butler’s opening goal, Concordia regained the lead midway through the first half via Marshal Tucker. Texas Lutheran would not go quietly, outshooting Concordia 10-2 in the second half and equalizing on 6-foot-6 Nathan Drouillard’s header with about ten minutes to play. Seconds later it seemed to unravel for Concordia as goal scorer Tucker saw red, but with less than five minutes remaining in the second overtime Butler grabbed his second goal to give Concordia the win.
Tuesday, September 2
RPI 1, Richard Stockton 0
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) (3-0-0) continued its perfect start by blanking Richard Stockton (1-1-1). Senior Matt Koziol scored his second goal of the season in the 66th minute off a free kick on the left side of the box. While Koziol seemed positioned to cross, he (intentionally or otherwise) had other ideas, drilling the ball off the far post for the game’s only goal. RPI’s defense handled things from there, holding Stockton to only three shots on goal for the game in posting the Engineers’ second straight shutout.
Amherst 2, New England College 1 (OT)
Amherst (1-0-0) endured a difficult opening game but finally managed to overcome feisty New England College (0-2-0) on Bryce Ciambella’s overtime goal. Amherst bombarded New England in the first half, peppering Tenzin Khenrab’s goal with 16 shots, but the keeper made an impressive 11 first half saves to keep the game deadlocked at the break. It seemed the gates had broken when Jae Heo scored for Amherst just after halftime, but New England upped the pressure in the second half and drew level in the 76th minute on Manny Arteaga’s goal. Having been outshot in the second half, Amherst regrouped and dominated overtime, firing five shots before Bryce Ciambella finally notched the winner.
Loras 5, Carroll 2
Loras (3-0-0) picked up its third win of the season in an open 5-2 win over Carroll (1-2-1). Loras took off quickly with a fourth-minute goal from Alex Bradley, only to see Carroll tie it on Tyler Coenen’s second goal of the young season. Goals from Sam Koenig and Mike Pizzello either side of halftime seemed to seal a victory, but Carroll responded with a goal from Andrew Jend to make it 3-2. Unfazed, Loras quickly reestablished a two-goal lead on Josh Kutzke’s strong finish before Jorge Simon completed the scoring. Although a comfortable win, Loras will look for defensive improvements when Carleton visits the Rock Bowl on Friday night.
Wednesday, September 3
Wheaton (Mass.) 2, Western New England 0
In an early matchup of two 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, Wheaton (Mass.) (3-0-0) blanked Western New England (2-1-0) to avenge last year’s 1-0 loss. Wheaton went in front on Luke Finkelstein’s 29th-minute free kick, and Kevin Gil doubled the Lyons’ lead just after halftime. Senior forward Travis Blair, who assisted Gil’s goal, now has eight points (3g, 3a) on the season, moving him into sole possession of third place all-time in Wheaton history with 94 total points (39g, 16a).
North Central (Ill.) 2, Dominican 1
North Central (Ill.) (2-1-0) continued its impressive start with a 2-1 win at Dominican (0-2-0). After splitting a weekend pair on the road against perennial Michigan powerhouses Hope (L 3-2) and Calvin (W 1-0), the Cardinals edged Dominican on goals from Evan Landmark and Mark Brindle. Predicted to finish in the bottom half of the CCIW after going 7-8-3 in 2013, North Central’s early results signal a much-improved squad and a stronger, deeper Central Region in 2014.
Cabrini 2, Rutgers-Camden 1
Never predictable, the soccer gods gave us a number of upsets Wednesday, including Cabrini (2-1-0) doubling up 2013 NCAA runner-up Rutgers-Camden (1-2-0). Bobby Kane and AJ Bishop scored first-half goals just four minutes apart, and the Cavaliers’ defense made the lead stand, limiting Camden to just three shots on goal in the win. While it’s too early to tell if Camden is just suffering a Final Four hangover, the Raptors have only eight shots on goal in three games – a far cry from the team that scored 70 goals in 2013 en route to a national final appearance.
William Paterson 3, Stevens 1
In another apparent early-season upset, William Paterson (1-1-0) upended Stevens (0-2-0) behind a brace from Omar Jallow. The Pioneers got off to a flying start when Jallow scored off a flowing move after only 48 seconds. A miscommunication allowed Stevens to draw even, but Jallow powered William Paterson in the second half, notching an assist on Carlos Arevalo’s winning goal and adding the third himself. For William Paterson, this was the perfect response to a disappointing opening loss to Muhlenburg, a game the Pioneers will feel they should have won. Stevens, on the other hand, finds itself with two losses after only dropping that many in all of 2013.
Franklin 1, DePauw 0
Franklin (1-1-0) completed Wednesday’s surprises by registering a shock defend-and-counter win over DePauw (1-2-0). The Grizzlies, last seen on the receiving end of a 4-0 mauling from Wilmington, made DePauw pay for its lackluster finishing to score the game’s only goal on an odd-man rush by Antonio Gioe. Franklin picks up a signature win for a program looking to improve on a poor 2013. DePauw, surprisingly left out of the NCAA field in 2013, is now in a precarious position. Despite an improved schedule, this loss combined with a blown two-goal lead against OAC heavyweight Ohio Northern (L 2-3) leaves the Tigers little margin for error. With trips to three NCAA participants (Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin) looming in conference play, DePauw can ill-afford more blemishes before the NCAC gets underway.