September 19, 2014

Midweek Wrap - Week 3

By Ryan Harmanis

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 16

No. 1 Messiah 4, Dickinson 2

Top-ranked Messiah (7-0-0) scored four unanswered goals before Dickinson (4-2-0) attempted a late comeback Tuesday evening. Dickinson had a huge opportunity with an early penalty, but goalkeeper Brandon West denied the Red Devils and Messiah quickly made them pay. Former National Player of the Year Jeremy Payne scored twice to take his season total to seven, and despite late defensive lapses Messiah remains the Division III’s top team.

No. 8 Oneonta State 0, No. 23 Rochester 0 (2OT)

In the only matchup between teams ranked in the D3soccer.com Top 25, No. 8 Oneonta State (5-0-1) and No. 23 Rochester (3-1-2) battled to a 0-0 draw. Oneonta State maintained its stellar defensive record—only one goal against in six games—behind Vincent Pellegrino’s four saves. Rochester and keeper Michael Shatkin similarly posted their fourth shutout in five games, but this also marked the Yellowjackets’ second 0-0 draw in ten days. Rochester will need to get on track offensively with UAA play fast approaching.

Houghton 1, No. 25 Medaille 0

The midweek slate’s sole upset saw Houghton (3-3-0) knock off No. 25 Medaille (7-1-0) on Jordan Mullen’s late goal. While Medaille had a statistical advantage, Houghton and goalkeeper Jacob Dunnett fought off fifteen shots (eight on goal) and eight corner kicks to post the shutout. Medaille had beaten all comers, but a second straight loss to the Highlanders means questions will linger regardless of how the Mavericks do in conference play.

Wednesday, September 17

No. 2 Franklin and Marshall 3, Alvernia 3 (2OT)

No. 2 Franklin and Marshall (5-0-1) drew with Alvernia (3-3-1) in a six-goal thriller Wednesday evening. Sam Lane grabbed a brace for the Diplomats as they took the lead on three separate occasions, but Alvernia refused to fold and answered each time, capped by Cody Shirk’s equalizer in the 76th minute. Perhaps the Diplomats—who had not conceded a goal this season—struggled with their first bit of adversity. Or, with tough games at Swarthmore (6-0-0) and Stevenson (8-1-0) on the horizon, they may have simply been caught looking head.

No. 4 Brandeis 1, WPI 0

Fourth-ranked Brandeis (6-0-0) continued its impressive start by blanking previously unbeaten WPI (5-1-0). Not only did the Judges post their third straight shutout, they did so by holding WPI without a single shot on goal. While WPI failed its first true test of 2014, the Engineers have only allowed two goals in six games and can rely on a strong defense with NEWMAC play beginning Saturday. Brandeis now looks to its toughest opponent when Tufts (5-0-0) brings its own perfect record to town. With the lively debate on power conferences ongoing, two teams in the mix at the top of the UAA and NESCAC should make for great viewing.

No. 14 Hope 1, Trine 0 (OT)

No. 14 Hope (6-1-0) left it late, but eventually overcame ten-man Trine (3-3-1) to open MIAA play. It appeared Trine might stifle the Flying Dutchmen, but a red card with only 48 seconds remaining in regulation proved to be too much. Less than two minutes into overtime, Senior defender Logan Sikkenga came forward on a free kick to power home a header and break Thunder hearts. After falling to No. 22 Ohio Wesleyan, Hope has rattled off five straight—including a 1-0 victory at Wheaton (Ill.)—and will head into the MIAA’s unusual home-and-home conference slate with momentum.

No. 22 Ohio Wesleyan 5, Ohio Northern 1

No. 22 Ohio Wesleyan (4-2-1) rebounded from a horrible week to thrash in-state rival Ohio Northern (5-3-0). The Polar Bears had to like their chances after seeing Otterbein break a twelve-game winless streak at Roy Rike Field, but instead slumped to their seventh straight defeat against OWU. The Battling Bishops struck early through Brian Schaefer before adding four second-half goals and cruising to the win. Ohio Northern must regroup after back-to-back losses, but remains the favorite to win the OAC.

Gustavus Adolphus 3, Carleton 1

In a key match to start MIAC play, Gustavus Adolphus (7-2-0) hit Carleton (2-4-0) for three first-half goals en route to a comfortable 3-1 win. After Patrick Leach scored early, seniors Zach Brown (6g, 3a) and Ryan Tollefsrud (5g, 3a) continued their free-scoring ways to build an insurmountable lead. The Gusties, who went a perfect 10-0 in the MIAC before dropping the 2013 conference title game, appear to be on a mission to atone for last season’s disappointing end. Carleton, on the other hand, seems to have fallen from the MIAC’s upper tier.

Rose-Hulman 1, DePauw 0 (OT)

Rose-Hulman (5-0-2) employed a familiar formula to knock off DePauw (4-3-0) in overtime. The Engineers famously upset top-ranked Ohio Wesleyan last year with a classic smash-and-grab setup, and worked the same plan to perfection on Wednesday. Rose-Hulman kept the Tigers at bay through regulation, and with only 11 seconds left in the first overtime Dieter Schultz scored on the Engineers’ second shot on target. Through seven games, this edition of Rose-Hulman seems even stronger than 2013’s Sweet Sixteen squad. DePauw, unfortunately, is stumbling into conference play. The Tigers will need to become more ruthless in front of goal if they hope to hang with favorites Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC.

Thursday, September 18

No. 5 Loras 3, Chicago 2 (2OT)

Fifth-ranked Loras (7-1-0) staged a second-half comeback to hand Chicago (4-3-0) its second straight loss. Chicago shocked the Duhawks in the Rock Bowl behind two goals from Brenton-Neal Desai to take a 2-0 lead at the half. However, after being thoroughly outplayed, Loras rebounded in the second half to draw even behind goals from Mike Pizzello and Jorge Simon. The Duhawks eventually made their depth and pressure pay as J.D. Perez scored the winner with only five minutes remaining in overtime. While Loras has rebounded nicely from its surprising loss to St. Thomas, it fell behind for the fourth straight game on Thursday. For a team with national title aspirations, Loras will know that slow starts and deficits can only be overcome so many times.



Midweek Wrap

 

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.

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Ryan Harmanis

Ryan Harmanis graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University (2011, Math & Economics) after four seasons playing for Dr. Jay Martin. Ryan has continued to closely follow Division III soccer since graduating. He combines an analytical background with a passion for writing and the game of soccer. [see full bio]

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