Midweek Wrap - Week 4
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 23
No. 2 Kenyon 5, Capital 1
Second-ranked Kenyon (8-0-0) remained one of the few perfect teams in Division III as the Lords exploded in the second half to top Capital (4-4-0) 5-1. Sophomore Jordan Glassman completed a hat trick and classmate Tony Amolo (9g, 4a) had a goal and two assists in the Lords’ second-half demolition. Kenyon has been impressive without being truly tested in 2014. That should change on Saturday, as the Lords open NCAC play by hosting a DePauw team desperate for a signature win to turn their season around.
No. 4 Franklin and Marshall 3, Stevenson 1
No. 4 Franklin and Marshall (7-0-1) tempered Stevenson’s (8-3-0) fast start with a comfortable 3-1 win. Chase TenBrook scored either side of halftime and the Diplomats’ defense held Stevenson to only two shots on goal. F&M now enters Centennial play and will be tested constantly, with eight of the conference’s ten teams currently above .500. Stevenson has dropped two straight, but has four winnable matchups before traveling to top-ranked Messiah.
No. 20 Calvin 4, No. 12 Hope 1
In this week’s only Top 25 matchup, No. 20 Calvin (6-2-0) made a statement in the young MIAA season by blitzing No. 12 Hope (7-2-0). Travis Vegter scored his seventh goal of the season just three minutes in, and Sean Broekhuizen and Nick Groenewold tripled the Knights’ lead before halftime. Hope was given a lifeline in the 57th minute as Brandon Underwood scored while Calvin’s goalkeeper was sent off, but Calvin refused to wilt and added another despite being a man down to seal an important win. The MIAA’s conference setup means these two teams will meet again in less than a month, and barring further upsets that game should decide the MIAA regular season title. For now, it’s advantage Calvin.
No. 18 North Park 3, UW-Oshkosh 2
No. 18 North Park (6-1-0) left it late, but came from two goals down to beat UW-Oshkosh (4-4-1) in double overtime. Oshkosh took the lead on Matt Cheaney’s goal just 80 seconds in, and the Titans dominated the rest of the half, outshooting North Park 10-3. Oshkosh doubled its lead in the 53rd minute, but North Park immediately answered through Pedram Tahmi-Masoleh. The Vikings would place only two more shots on goal, but both found the net. First, Kebba Sanyang scored in the 88th minute to force overtime, then Tahmi-Masolah grabbed his second late in overtime to secure the win. North Park entertains giant-killer Rose-Hulman this weekend and will continue to tune up for conference play in the improved CCIW. Oshkosh has gone toe-to-toe with the best in the North, but its draw with No. 6 Loras is somewhat marred by failure to get a result against the likes of Gustavus Adolphus, St. Scholastica, and now North Park.
No. 23 Coast Guard 1, Connecticut College 0
No. 23 Coast Guard (8-0-0) celebrated its first-ever visit to the D3soccer.com Top 25 with a tough 1-0 win over Connecticut College (3-3-0) to claim the Whale Cup. In a tight game—only seven total shots on goal—senior John Tarzian proved the difference by volleying in from 20 yards. The Bears’ goal came on a classic counterattack, starting from a corner by Connecticut College and ending just 11 seconds after clearance in the back of the opposite net. A win over a NESCAC squad brings legitimacy to Coast Guard’s perfect start, and they form a quartet of strong teams at the top of the NEWMAC as conference play begins to heat up.
Wednesday, September 24
No. 1 Messiah 5, York (Pa.) 0
Another week, another impressive performance from the defending champions. York (Pa.) (3-2-3) pushed No. 1 Messiah (9-0-0) for the first 45 minutes, but simply could not hang with the Falcons in the second half. York, bolstered by its regular-season success against Messiah, started strongly and held the Falcons without a shot on goal in the first half. However, Messiah’s famed depth showed as five goals marked a second-half master class. York is in a tough position heading into conference play, with an at-large bid looking a stretch already. The Spartans have won five straight CAC titles, but will remain behind No. 13 Christopher Newport and No. 15 Salisbury in the 2014 edition until proven otherwise. The Spartans have the opportunity to do just that, as they visit Christopher Newport on Saturday.
No. 9 Luther 2, St. Olaf 0
No. 9 Luther (8-0-0) maintained its undefeated start in a tight 2-0 win over St. Olaf (5-2-0). Jon Gednalske scored either side of halftime for his team-leading fifth and sixth goals, and the Norse continue to win low scoring games. Luther concedes only four shots on goal per game, allowing its struggling offense (less than two goals per game) to stay just ahead of the opposition. The IIAC will require more scoring output, but for now a goal or two seems to be enough. St. Olaf, despite falling to the IIAC’s best in No. 6 Loras and Luther, should be confident in its performances as MIAC begins in earnest.
No. 11 Emory 2, Birmingham-Southern 0
No. 11 Emory (8-0-1) has stayed under the radar while steadily climbing toward the top ten, but it will be hard to keep the Eagles quiet much longer as they racked up another win, this time over Birmingham-Southern (5-1-1). Emory started fast but failed to make its advantage count in the first half. The Eagles remained poised, and Sebastia Hardington notched the game winner in the 76th minute before Dylan Price added an insurance tally late. With the UAA appearing as strong as ever, out-of-conference wins are key to building an NCAA resume and Emory has taken care of business to date.
No. 15 Salisbury 3, Roanoke 1
Fifteenth-ranked Salisbury (6-0-2) stayed undefeated by grabbing a three-goal lead and keeping Roanoke (5-2-1) at arm’s length. Benjamin Aryeetey scored a brace for the Sea Gulls, including the game winner. Salisbury was unlucky in 2013, posting a perfect CAC record before falling to York in the title game and drawing Messiah for the NCAA’s opening weekend. In 2014, scoring goals will be paramount to improving on that finish; excluding a scrimmage-like 10-1 win over Patrick Henry, the Sea Gulls have only scored 12 times in seven games. Increased output will be required if Salisbury hopes to top Christopher Newport and York (Pa.) in the CAC.
No. 19 Ohio Wesleyan 2, Hanover 1 (OT)
No. 19 Ohio Wesleyan (6-2-1) struggled but eventually overcame Hanover (2-6-1) in overtime. The Battling Bishops continued a Jekyll-and-Hyde string of performances by conceding an early volley to Will Bridgeman and failing to make dominant possession count in the first half. OWU fans would have been forgiven for suffering déjà vu from 2013: a heavy underdog scores on its only shot on goal, bunkers down and secures an unlikely win. While Hanover is a far cry from Rose-Hulman, the script looked familiar until senior center back Drew Pang drilled a shot from the top of the box to level in the 88th minute. From there only one team looked likely to win, and senior Colton Bloecher scored the winner early in the first overtime.
Tufts 1, MIT 1 (2OT)
In another NEWMAC-NESCAC tilt, MIT (4-0-4) made its only shot on goal count to hold Tufts (5-1-1) to a draw. In a rough-and-tumble game featuring 35 fouls but only 20 total shots, Tufts seemed back to winning ways when Jason Kayne scored in the 56th minute. Unfortunately, the Jumbos’ profligacy in front of goal haunted them once again as Nikolas Albarran leveled in the 87th minute. Chances were limited in overtime, and Tufts now faces a real test of its credentials against No. 10 Amherst. If the Jumbos are for real, getting out of their slump against the Lord Jeffs would be a major statement of intent. While MIT has yet to lose, draws will not be enough to compete with Wheaton (Mass.), WPI, and Coast Guard at the top of the NEWMAC.