Midwest Roundup - Week 2
By D3soccer.com Staff Writer
With a heavy slate of games during the second week of the season, there was opportunity for even more excitement and drama across the country. Not to be letdown, we were given some upsets as the season really starts to heat up with conference play approaching. We’ll review some of the big surprises throughout the Midwest region along with some of the more predictable results.
North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
It was all non-conference action this week in the NCAC, and the big winners were Kenyon and Wabash, who remained perfect on the season.
Kenyon (4-0-0), ranked 4th in the NSCAA National Poll, knocked off Otterbein 3-0 and Heidelberg 2-1 behind three goals from sophomore Tony Amolo, who now has six goals in the Lords’ first four games.
Wabash (3-0-0) earned its second and third straight shutouts to start the season, beating Earlham 1-0 and Monmouth 2-0. Goalkeepers Dayton Jennings and Chase Francoeur split time in the net for the Little Giants while Adam Antalis tallied his second goal of the campaign over the weekend.
The shock defeat of the week came when DePauw (2-2-0) traveled to HCAC opponent Franklin and dropped a tight 1-0 decision. Despite outshooting the Grizzlies, the Tigers surrendered a late goal to be upset. DePauw came back later in the week and rebounded with a 1-0 win at Principia.
Denison (2-0-1) remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Washington & Jefferson. The Big Red were led by senior Mark Waterman, who scored the game-winner in the 9th minute, while freshmen Jake Girardot and Kennedy Kommor tallied goals as well.
Ohio Wesleyan (3-1-0) got back on track with a pair of 2-0 wins over Mary Washington and Guilford.
Hiram (3-1-0) hosted its Terrier Invitational over the weekend, beating St. John Fisher 3-0 before suffering its first loss of the season to Carnegie Mellon, a 2-1 defeat.
Wooster (3-1-0) beat Bluffton 2-1 and Earlham 1-0 to go perfect over the weekend. Lucas Hunt was named conference Player of the Week for picking up a goal and an assist in their two games.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
The Heartland had another mixed week with Rose-Hulman remaining unbeaten on the season and Transylvania having a perfect two games.
The Engineers of Rose-Hulman (2-0-2) picked up a 1-0 win over SLIAC team Greenville and then tied Millikin 1-1. Ben Lyon leads the conference with 4 goals on the season having picked up a goal in both games.
Transylvania (3-1-0) had a successful week with a 3-2 double-overtime win over Trine and a convincing 5-1 win over Mount Union. The Pioneers won the Daniel Schuetz Community Classic with the pair of wins, led by Tate Spivey who scored 3 goals and Ben Rossoll who had 1 goal and 4 assists.
Anderson (2-2-0) notched their first two wins of the season, topping Blackburn 3-2 and Westminster (Pa.) 1-0. All-Region forward Todd Canal subsequently earned HCAC Player of the Week honors for his 3 goals and 1 assist in the two victories.
Manchester (2-1-0) split two games, beating Blackburn 3-0 but losing 2-0 to Westminster (Pa.). Franklin upset nationally-ranked DePauw but then lost two straight to Mount Union and Trine. Hanover dropped its lone game of the week to Spalding, 2-1 in double-overtime. Defiance remained the only winless team in the conference with 3-0 losses to both Centre and Spalding.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)
Once again the SLIAC was split in its results, seeing its top teams earn some big wins while several teams took some rough losses. Greenville and Spalding top the standings, while five teams in the conference are still winless.
The biggest result came on Saturday when Webster (2-2-0) beat nationally-ranked Wartburg in overtime. All-SLIAC midfielder Mike Wells scored an unassisted goal in the 107th minute to seal the upset for the Gorloks, who then fell 3-0 to Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday.
Spalding (3-1-0) had a solid week, beating HCAC contender Hanover 2-1 in double-overtime, losing their first game of the season in a tight 4-3 match to PAC favorite Thomas More, and then thumping Defiance 3-0 to round out a busy week. All-Region midfielder Julio De Leon earned SLIAC Player of the Week honors for scoring a goal in each of the Golden Eagles three games.
Greenville (3-1-0) lost their first game of the season to HCAC favorite Rose-Hulman by a 1-0 scoreline, but rebounded for a 2-1 comeback win against Illinois College. Spencer Pulliam was the hero, scoring the game-tying goal and then providing the assist on the game-winner against the Blueboys.
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)
After the second week of the season, the OAC has no more unbeaten teams but sees four teams with just a single loss. At the top of the standings sit favorites Ohio Northern, who are followed closely behind by Marietta, Muskingum, and Heidelberg.
The Polar Bears of Ohio Northern (3-1-0) suffered a tough 3-0 loss at Emory this week, their first of the season. While ONU dominated possession, the Eagles were ruthless in their counterattacks to earn the shutout win. Ohio Northern bounced back the following day and took their frustrations out on Berry with an overwhelming 5-0 victory. Austin Horton tallied 1 goal and 2 assists in the blowout.
Muskingum (2-1-0) bounced back from their opening loss with a 2-1 win against Mount St. Joseph and a 4-2 win against Thiel, the school where head coach Chris Limle had spent last season. Junior forward Brett Hanna had 3 goals and 1 assist in the two wins and was named OAC Player of the Week.
Marietta (2-1-0) lost their first game of the season in a rough manner, falling 5-0 to the ODAC’s Methodist.
Heidelberg (2-1-1) tied Wittenberg 1-1 in their only game of the week. Otterbein (1-2-0) suffered two losses after their season-opening win at Carnegie Mellon, falling 3-0 to Kenyon and 2-0 to Wittenberg. Mount Union (1-2-0) picked up their first win of the season, 3-2 against Franklin, but only after losing 5-1 to Transylvania.
Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
Fourteen games were played this past week by teams in the SAA, and unbeaten Birmingham-Southern sits atop the standings at the end of the season’s second week. Reigning champions Millsaps and Berry are on the heels of the Alabama school.
In their only game of the week, Birmingham-Southern (3-0-1) thumped Averett 4-1 at the Berry Invitational. Bastian Jedllczka had a hat trick in the win for the Panthers, whose Sunday game against Methodist was cancelled due to weather.
Millsaps (3-1-0) beat Maryville (Tenn.) by a 3-1 scoreline before dropping their first game of the season 3-2 to Covenant. Despite the loss, Lukas Elmhammar was named SAA Offensive Player of the Week and boasts an impressive 6 goals and 5 assists in just four games for the Majors.
Berry (3-1-0) suffered their first loss of the season when they got drilled 5-0 by Ohio Northern. The Vikings earned a 1-0 shutout over Ramapo this week as well, which earned GK Jon Nelson the honors of SAA Defensive Player of the Week.
Sewanee (2-2-0) picked up their first two wins of the season, coming from behind for a 3-2 win over LaGrange and a 4-3 win over Piedmont.
Centre (1-1-1) hosted their own 25th Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic in Danville, KY and beat Defiance 3-0 before suffering their first loss of the season by a score of 2-0 to Thomas More. They did have three players—Jeremy Carlson, Pavel Terselich, and Jacob Trumbull—named to the All-Tournament team.
Hendrix (0-3-1) remains the only winless team in the conference after losses to Huntingdon and Belhaven.
Other notable performances . . .
From around the Midwest
• Emory of the University Athletic Association (UAA) is off to a fast 3-0-1 start. Sonny Travis seems to have his group playing extremely well early in the season, which showed in their 3-2 win over Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 thumping of Ohio Northern, and 1-0 shutout of Ramapo. The Eagles will be tested by Covenant before a strong of six straight games against SAA opponents.
• Thomas More of the little-known Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) knocked off two unbeaten teams this past week when they won the 25th Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic at Centre College. After five straight first round losses in the NCAA Tournament, this may be the year for Jeff Cummings’ group. Tough tests await with five straight away games, including at NCAC powerhouse DePauw.
• North Park of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) has quietly started the season 4-0-0. The Vikings have only surrendered one goal all season and will look to turn some heads when conference play starts in October. Before then, they will be tested with a home game against Olivet and away games at UC Santa Cruz, UW-Oshkosh, and Rose-Hulman.
"Outside the Area"
• After an opening game loss, Texas-Dallas has rebounded with three straight wins, including a big upset of highly-ranked Trinity (Tx.) by a score of 2-1. After trailing 1-0 at halftime, Roman Rodridguez tied the game before Julian Torres notched the game winner with under 10 minutes to play. The Comets of the American Southwest Conference (ASC) only lost one game last season despite falling in their conference semifinals in PKs. Keep your eye on them throughout the coming weeks.
Games to Watch . . .
Check out these games from around the Midwest this coming weekend:
Friday, September 12
Thomas More at DePauw
Olivet at North Park
Christopher Newport at Trinity (Texas)
Covenant at Sewanee
Saturday, September 13
Rhodes at Emory
Allegheny at Carnegie Mellon
Oglethorpe at Hanover
Loras at St. Olaf
Olivet at Chicago
Centre at Ohio Wesleyan
Sunday, September 14
UW-Oshkosh at Gustavus Adolphus
Texas-Dallas at Austin
Capital at Case Western Reserve
Centre at Kenyon
Dominican at Elmhurst
Rose-Hulman at Illinois Wesleyan