October 3, 2014

Midweek Wrap - Week 5

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 30

No. 3 Franklin and Marshall 2, Ursinus 1

Third-ranked Franklin and Marshall (9-0-1) came from behind to defeat Ursinus (3-6-1) on goals from Devon Malfitano and Sam Lane. The win allowed the Diplomats to keep pace with Dickinson at the top of the Centennial Conference, but F&M was unconvincing in its display and will need to improve with No. 21 Muhlenberg coming to town Friday evening.

No. 4 Brandeis 2, No. 12 Wheaton (Mass.) 1

Tuesday’s biggest matchup ended with fourth-ranked Brandeis (9-0-0) posting yet another shutout victory, this time over No. 12 Wheaton (Mass.) (9-1-1). Brandeis now has six straight shutouts, and its defense has only yielded two goals all season. Such defensive solidarity meant that a single goal—from Michael Soboff, his sixth—would be more than enough. The Judges are in poll position heading into the UAA play, and boast a record as impressive as anyone in Division III. Wheaton remains atop the NEWMAC and should take confidence from going toe-to-toe with Brandeis as they turn to face conference foe Babson.

Wednesday, October 1

Wartburg 2, No. 8 Luther 1

Wartburg (7-2-2) collected the first big scalp in the IIAC by handing No. 8 Luther (9-1-0) its first loss of the season. All the scoring occurred in the first half, as Nick Brown and Josh Galvin traded goals before Dan Nadeau scored the game winner only thirty seconds before the break. Wartburg’s defense took it from there, holding Luther to one shot on goal in the second stanza. We touched on Luther’s issues in front of goal previously, and it looks like those fears are being realized. Wartburg has now topped two of its three competitors for the IIAC crown, putting it on a collision course with No. 6 Loras. Mark your calendars for October 25th in the Rock Bowl.

No. 9 Emory 2, Oglethorpe 1 (2OT)

Ninth-ranked Emory (10-0-1) came from behind to beat Oglethorpe (5-5-1). An even first half became very interesting when Angel Salome gave the Petrels the lead, but Emory answered through Scott Haley to send the game to extra time. The Eagles dominated from there, and Sebastia Hardington headed in a long throw with three minutes left to complete their non-conference schedule undefeated. Emory’s attention now turns to the UAA—where every team is above .500 against competitive schedules—with a tough trip to Washington U. on Sunday.

No. 11 Amherst 2, Western New England 1

No. 11 Amherst (6-0-2) came from behind to top Western New England (7-5-1) and remains undefeated. Colin MacDonald staked the Golden Bears to a 1-0 lead on an early free kick, and from there it appeared they would bunker down and make life difficult for Amherst. The Lord Jeffs didn’t panic, and peppered Kevin Strobel’s goal with 31 shots (15 on target). The pressure eventually told, and Gabriel Wirz assisted Christopher Martin before scoring the winner himself in the 82nd minute. Amherst hsd survived the toughest portion of their NESCAC schedule, but will need to improve its lackluster offense—only 13 goals in eight games thus far—if it wants to get over the hump and reach the Final Four.

No. 13 Wheaton (Ill.) 4, UW-Platteville 2

No. 13 Wheaton (Ill.) (10-2-0) survived a scare from UW-Platteville (4-6-3) to win its eighth straight game. It seemed to be business as usual when the Golz brothers powered the Thunder to a 3-0 lead, but Platteville would pull two back before Carey Max sealed the win for Wheaton. The Thunder have an impressive resume, with wins over No. 17 Calvin, Chicago, and Washington U., and the difficult schedule should have them well prepared for the CCIW.

No. 14 Salisbury 0, Catholic 0 (2OT)

Fourteenth-ranked Salisbury's (7-0-3) attack went missing on Wednesday as the Sea Gulls played to a scoreless draw with Catholic (4-5-1). Salisbury had increased its output with consecutive three-goal games, but the offense stalled completely against the Cardinals. Salisbury managed just three shots on goal, and failed to register a single shot after halftime. The defense remains stingy, and provides a platform for success if the Sea Gulls can find enough goals. For Catholic, the draw is a huge improvement on lopsided losses to Dickinson, Mary Washington, and No. 1 Messiah, and the Landmark Conference is wide open if the Cardinals can up their game.

No. 15 Christopher Newport 2, Greensboro 1 (OT)

Senior All-American Jalon Brown came to the rescue for No. 15 Christopher Newport (8-1-2) as they survived Greensboro (4-6-0) in overtime. Greensboro took a shock lead in the twelfth minute on Whit Maupin’s goal, and the Pride nearly made it stand. In the end, Brown proved too much to handle, scoring with just 88 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Having spent so much time and energy protecting that lead, Greensboro failed to regroup and the Captains’ Preston Key scored the winner in the first overtime. With Christopher Newport set to complete a stretch of three games in five days, momentum is key and getting a tough win provides momentum heading into the weekend.

Capital 2, No. 19 Ohio Wesleyan

No. 19 Ohio Wesleyan (7-3-1) continued to struggle in a 2-1 setback at Capital (5-4-0). The Battling Bishops wasted chance after chance and paid for it, with R.G Florey’s heavily deflected shot trickling in to give Capital the lead. Spurred into action, Colton Bloecher leveled, but to no avail. After the Bishops missed multiple open looks at goal, Calvin Saunders easily skipped through the OWU defense to bury the winner in the 89th minute. Ohio Wesleyan has issues on both sides, pairing an inconsistent attack with a leaky defense. Time remains before a showdown with Kenyon, but rapid improvement is necessary if the Bishops want a seventh consecutive NCAC crown.

No. 22 Montclair State 1, William Patterson 0 (OT)

No. 22 Montclair State (8-3-0) stayed perfect in the NJAC with a tough 1-0 overtime win over William Paterson (5-5-1). Senior Maxx Wurzburger scored off a back heel from Damian Bziukiewicz midway through the first overtime period for Montclair’s fourth straight win. In a tight affair, William Patterson actually doubled the Red Hawks in shots on goal (6-3), but Michael Gonzalez was strong in the net to post the shutout. The jury remains out on Montclair State, as the Red Hawks have fallen to their three toughest opponents, but conference play should provide the litmus test.

Williams 2, Middlebury 1 (2OT)

Williams (4-3-1) picked up a crucial win over Middlebury (5-2-1) in NESCAC play on Wednesday. Middlebury took an early lead, but Williams dominated from there, doubling up Middlebury on shots and shots on goal and leading 9-1 in corner kicks. Despite controlling the majority of the match, Williams could only equalize on Geoff Danilack’s goal in regulation. Extra time would be a different story, as Zach Grady scored what could be a season-saving goal early in the second overtime. Williams had been 0-3-1 in its previous four games, and this was vital not just for the “W” but also because it puts another quality win on the Ephs’ tournament resume.

Eastern 4, York (Pa.) 1

Eastern (7-2-0) picked up an impressive road win over York (Pa.) (3-3-4), going up 4-0 and controlling play for the majority of the match. Benjamin Barnhart and Josh Cirocco tallied before Jordan Ramsing notched a brace for the Eagles. Eastern rebounded well from a disappointing result last weekend against Albright and now own the most impressive out-of-conference win in the Freedom Conference. York, on the other hand, utterly failed to build on its draw with Christopher Newport. With seven blemishes already, the Spartans’ margin for error has all but disappeared with eight regular season games remaining. York will look to bottom-dwellers Marymount on Saturday to jumpstart a late charge.



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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