Midweek Wrap - Week 2
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 both brief recaps of the games themselves and to have performances and outcomes placed into context.
Tuesday, September 9
No. 6 Brandeis 1, Lasell 0
Brandeis (4-0-0), ranked 6th in the first D3soccer.com Top 25 Poll, maintained its perfect record with a late 1-0 victory over Lasell (1-3-0). Despite a 21-4 shot advantage (9-1 on goal), the Judges couldn’t find a breakthrough until the 83rd minute. On the final shot of the afternoon, sophomore Zach Vieira headed in his second straight game-winner. Brandeis has played a light schedule thus far (opponents’ total record: 5-9) but continues to build momentum moving towards the grueling UAA schedule.
Wheaton (Ill.) 2, Dominican 1
In a matchup of two teams with early question marks, Wheaton (Ill.) (3-2-0) answered the call by edging Dominican (0-3-1) thanks to a late goal from Noah Anthony. While both teams started slow, each is expected to win its conference and Tuesday provided a possible NCAA preview. Dominican had enjoyed a successful run against the Thunder, winning several straight matchups, but Wheaton controlled the contest to get back above .500. For Dominican, things don’t get any easier as they continue a strong early schedule with weekend games against Carroll and Elmhurst.
Wednesday, September 10
No. 1 Messiah 3, Gettysburg 0
Top-ranked Messiah (5-0-0) didn’t miss a beat in blanking Gettysburg (3-1-0) on Wednesday evening. Gettysburg played the reigning champions tough in the first half, only surrendering a 29th-minute strike to Mike Kovach. However, Messiah’s depth would prove to be too much, with late goals from Danny Brandt and Brian Ramirez sealing the win.
Cortland State 1, No. 3 Montclair State 0
Midweek games often provide the foundation for surprises, and we had a pair in the Top 10 on Wednesday. First, Cortland State (2-2-0) upended No. 3 Montclair State by making a 10th-minute Chris McBride penalty stand up. Goalkeeper Tim Beauvais was outstanding for the Red Dragons, managing to shut out Montclair State for only the second time in the past three seasons. The Red Hawks, who were perhaps guilty of looking ahead to matchups with Wheaton (Ill.) and No. 1 Messiah, now head into a huge week on the back of a tough loss.
Otterbein 4, No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan 1
In undoubtedly the biggest shock of 2014, Otterbein (2-3-0) hammered No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan 4-1. The Cardinals had been winless against OWU for over a decade, but were good value for the win behind goals from Luis Rivas, Jaden Lunger, Jared Pulliam, and Nate Norris. Otterbein remains an enigma, alternating impressive road wins over Carnegie Mellon and OWU with losses to La Roche and Wittenberg. The Battling Bishops, on the other hand, fell flat without All-American Colton Bloecher. OWU has now been handily outshot in three out of its five games, and must rebound quickly with visits from bogey team Centre and free-scoring No. 20 Ohio Northern on the horizon.
St. Scholastica 2, Carleton 0
Another surprising result—at least on paper—saw St. Scholastica (3-1-0) lock down Carleton (2-3-0) with a goal in each half. St. Scholastica, routinely at the top of the NCAA goal-scoring charts, went ahead on Andrew Jenkins’ second goal of the season before Shawayne Folkes iced the game in the 85th minute. The Saints upped the schedule this year by opening the season at Trinity (Texas), and early wins over UW-Oshkosh and now Carleton indicate a strong season to come. Carleton continues to search for offensive output, as this marked the third time in five games the Knights failed to score. Luckily, they have a week off before starting MIAC play with a huge game against rival Gustavus Adolphus.
York (Pa.) 2, Alvernia 1
York (Pa.) (1-1-2) finally registered its first win of 2014 by holding off a late charge from Alvernia (3-2-0). Brendan Saberton and Peter Lundgaard scored for the Spartans in a tight game that featured almost seven times as many fouls (34) as shots on goal (5). York, often Messiah’s toughest regular-season opponent, needed this result to build confidence with the Falcons and a tough CAC schedule looming. For Alvernia, the result looked all too familiar, as the scoring mirrored the Crusaders’ tough loss to Johns Hopkins days earlier. Upcoming matchups with Dickinson and No. 2 Franklin & Marshall give Alvernia ample opportunity to ditch the moniker of “nearly” men this year.
Thursday, September 11
Stevenson 4, Lancaster Bible 3 (OT)
It’s always fun to highlight a goal fest, and Thursday provided serious entertainment in Stevenson’s (6-1-0) fast-paced win over Lancaster Bible (3-3-0). The first half ended level, as Lancaster Bible’s Spencer Lockard and Stevenson’s Adam Isennock exchanged corner kick goals 98 seconds apart. Then, with 12:30 remaining in the game, chaos ensued. Lockard scored his second header in the 78th minute, and Dylan Papiernik doubled Lancaster Bible’s lead in the 82nd. Facing a 3-1 hole with only four minutes remaining, Stevenson came storming back. Calvin Granger halved the deficit in the 87th minute, and Reid Hawkins scored dramatically in the 89th to send the game to overtime. Momentum proved to be too much from there, as Andrew Garner grabbed the game-winner for Stevenson. The Mustangs, coming off three straight losing seasons, have won five straight and will surely improve on an eight-win 2013. Lancaster Bible, despite the blown opportunity, appears poised for a much stronger 2014 as well.