September 17, 2014

Midwest Roundup - Week 3

By Staff Writer

Conference play is swiftly approaching for many of the teams in the Midwest region, and the excitement of the season is building with each game. Below is our weekly recap of action from around this area, which continues to be filled with surprises and success stories in the third week of the Division III men’s soccer season.


North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)

The NCAC has two teams who remain unbeaten in their opening five games: Kenyon and Wabash. The conference as a whole continues to do well, with only one team sitting below .500.

Coming into the week ranked in the Top 5 in the country by both the NSCAA and, Kenyon (5-0-0) earned a strong 3-0 win over Centre in their home-opener. Tony Amolo scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season en route to the victory. On the eve of conference play, Kenyon continues to look stronger and stronger each week.

Wabash (5-0-0) has tied a school record for the most consecutive victories to start a season—in 1996, the team also started 5-0-0. After surrendering their first goal of the season at home to Spalding, the Little Giants forced overtime and won in the second extra period when Cory Sims scored with just four minutes remaining. They followed that up with a 10-0 romp over Eureka and will look to go 6-0-0 when they host Hanover midweek.

After scoring thirteen goals this week, Hiram (5-1-0) sits right on the heels of Kenyon and Wabash. The Terriers beat Franciscan 8-0 and Heidelberg 5-1. Senior Adam Harding scored 2 goals in both games. Hiram opens NCAC play this Saturday at home against DePauw.

Ohio Wesleyan (3-2-1) lost to Otterbein 4-1 and tied Centre 1-1 after trailing late. The Bishops have had a slower than usual start to the season and will need to turn it up a notch when conference play begins.

Oberlin (2-1-0) was led by Player of the Week John Ingham when they defeated Earlham 5-0. Ingham had 3 goals and 1 assist for 7 points in the game.

DePauw (4-2-0) had a perfect week, picking up a big 5-0 win over Hanover at home and a 2-1 double-overtime win over Thomas More at home. DePauw opens NCAC play this Saturday when they head to Hiram.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)

After three weeks of play, the Heartland has just three teams with .500 records or better. Preseason favorite Rose-Hulman, with their unbeaten record, continues to be the best of the bunch followed by Transylvania who boasts a winning record.

The Engineers of Rose-Hulman (4-0-2) knocked off both Principia and Illinois Wesleyan by a 2-0 scoreline. They had four different goal scorers in their two wins and have found success early in the season behind Ben Lyon’s five goals and a stingy defense (only 1 GA).

Transylvania (3-2-0) dropped their lone game of the week, a 2-1 double-overtime defeat at the hands of Wilmington (OH.). The Pioneers host Capital this Saturday.

Anderson (3-3-0) suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Spalding before rebounding for a 1-0 upset of Thomas More, who was ranked nationally by the NSCAA coming into the week. All-Region forward Todd Canal set up Brody Reinholt for the game-winner in the 74th minute.

Bluffton (1-4-0) earned a much needed win, beating Marietta 4-3 and seeing senior midfielder Peter Carlson earn Player of the Week honors for his hat-trick in the game

Defiance (1-4-0) also earned their first win of the season when they knocked off Trine 1-0. Brian Kurtz scored with just 2 minutes remaining. They followed that up with a tough, 2-1 double-overtime loss at Adrian.

Franklin (2-3-0) won their only game of the week, beating Concordia-Chicago by a 2-0 scoreline.

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)

Three teams remain winless on the season out of the St. Louis-based conference, while Spalding, the lone SLIAC team out of Kentucky leads the way heading into the fourth week.

The Golden Eagles of Spalding (4-2-0) split a pair of games this week, beating Anderson 2-0 on the road before suffering heartbreak in their 2-1 double-overtime loss at undefeated Wabash. Abdirahman Aden tallied goals in both games and GK Logan Spencer earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for his two performances in net.

Greenville (3-2-1) remains the only other SLIAC team above .500 despite dropping a 2-0 game to Washington U. and tying Aurora 1-1. The Panthers host Wheaton (Ill.) this Wednesday as they look to keep a winning record.

Westminster (Mo.) (2-3-0), who reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last fall, earned a solid 1-0 win over Millikin after falling 2-1 to a non-D3 opponent, Columbia. Sophomore Drew Cook, an All-SLIAC selection last year, had both of the Bluejays’ goals, including the game-winner at Millikin, and subsequently earned Offensive Player of the Week honors. On Monday night, they dropped a tight 1-0 match at Washington U.

Fontbonne (1-5-0) picked up their first win of the season, knocking off Illinois by a score of 1-0. The Griffins couldn’t repeat that display against Hendrix, falling by the same 1-0 score.

Webster (2-4-1) lost two games and tied their third, falling 2-0 to Millikin, 2-0 to Grinnell, but earning a quality 4-4 tie against North Central (Ill.). Senior Mike Wells had a hat-trick for the Gorloks against North Central.

Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)

In the OAC, the third week of the season had an exciting slate of games, with several teams earning quality wins against non-conference opponents.

Ohio Northern (5-2-0) continued to rebound following their tough loss to Emory. The Polar Bears beat Wittenberg 6-1 and a tough Kalamazoo team 1-0 before dropping an away match at Albion 3-2. Patrick Sabol notched one assist and two goals, including the game winner against Kalamazoo. Sabol is tied for 3rd in the OAC with three goals.

Muskingum (3-1-0) has now won three straight after losing its opening game. They visited Wooster and escaped with a 2-1 victory after going down a man just after the break. The Muskies were able to hold off Wooster for their third win of the season, with Brent Hanna and Trent Newby both off to solid starts with 3 goals and 2 assists a piece.

Wilmington (3-2-0) won their only match of the week over HCAC-contender Transylvania 2-1 in double overtime. Ethan Zimpfer, a junior from Bolkins, OH, scored his first goal of the season in the 101st minute.

In a surprise result, Otterbein (2-3-0) went into Jay Martin Soccer Complex and shocked the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan with a 4-1 win. Otterbein took the lead in the 16th minute and then scored the game winner in the 71st minute. Otterbein outshot OWU 17-13 (11-4 on goal) and had four different players get on the score sheet.

Capital (2-3-0) beat Waynesburg at home 1-0 before dropping an away match to UAA-member Case Western Reserve 2-1. Mount Union (2-2-0) beat St. Vincent 4-1. John Carroll (5-1-0) hosted Denison and defeated the Big Red by a score of 5-1. Kevin Pachuta tallied a goal and an assist on the night, taking his season total to 2 goals and 2 assists.

Southern Athletic Association (SAA)

The third week of play for SAA teams totaled an overall record of 10-6-1.

Birmingham-Southern (4-0-1) remained undefeated on the year as they hosted the BSC Invitational on Goldfarb Field. The Panthers beat Greensboro 3-2 and Hanover 3-0 to claim first place in their own classic. Claudio Lipp (1g, 2a) and Josh Wild (only 2 goals allowed) swept the SAA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week honors.

Millsaps (5-2-0) started the week off with a tough home loss to Belhaven 2-0. The Majors followed their second consecutive loss with two wins over East Texas Baptist University 4-3 and Huntingdon College 2-1. Lukas Elhammer continued his hot start with two goals and one assist, bringing his season total to a D-III best 8 goals and 6 assists, both of which lead the SAA.

Hendrix (2-4-1) head coach Jim Evans picked up his first two wins as the leader of the Warriors. Hendrix beat Williams Baptist 3-2 and Fontbonne 1-0, before falling to UAA power Emory 3-0. Wesley Westerhof, a sophomore from Amsterdam, Netherlands, assisted twice against Williams Baptist before scoring the game winner against SLIAC–member Fontbonne.

Berry (4-1-0) improved their record with a 2-1 win over Roanoke.

Centre (1-2-2) went on the road against two of the nation’s best in Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon College. Centre went up 1-0 on a beautiful goal scored by sophomore Christian Gateskill. After having a man sent off, Centre saw the Bishops tie the game in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick. The Colonels played the then No. 4 ranked Lords of Kenyon on Sunday and left Gambier, OH with a 3-0 loss.

Rhodes (2-2-1) finished the weekend with one win and one loss. Sewanee (2-3-0) lost their only match of the weekend 4-0 to Covenant. Oglethorpe (4-3-0) hosted Maryville (Tn.) midweek before traveling to Birmingham for the weekend. The Stormy Petrels lost 3-0 to Maryville before regrouping in wins against Hanover 2-1 and Greensboro 1-0.


Other notable performances . . .

From around the Midwest

•  Coming off a trip to the NCAA Final Four last year, Loras (6-1-0) is off to another solid start. The Duhawks of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 3-2 win at St. Olaf and a 2-1 win at St. John’s. They are led by Jorge Simon’s 5 goals and Alex Bradley’s 4 goals and 2 assists. They have another test coming up when they host Chicago on Thursday.

•  Another IIAC team, Luther (5-0-0), has a perfect record to start the year. Their 3-2 win over a solid Macalester side will keep their confidence up as they approach conference play.

•  After starting the season with a tie and a loss, Case Western Reserve (4-1-1) has rattled off four straight wins against Guilford, Mary Washington, Baldwin-Wallace, and Capital. The Spartans, under second-year head coach Brandon Bianco, have four more tough out-of-conference games against Ohio competition, including a trip to Ohio Northern, before they begin conference action in the competitive UAA.

"Outside the Area"

•  Whitworth (5-0-0) entered the top 10 in this week’s rankings at No. 6 after rattling off five wins in their first five games. They have quality wins against some solid opponents, beating Millikin 3-2, beating Wheaton (Ill.) 1-0, and topping UC Santa Cruz 3-2. They begin conference play this week in the Northwest Conference when they host Linfield.


Games to Watch . . .

Check out these games from around the Midwest this week:

Wednesday, September 17

Wheaton (Ill.) at Greenville

Otterbein at Hiram

Dominican at Illinois Wesleyan

Thursday, September 18

Chicago at Loras

Washington U. at Webster

Friday, September 19

Trinity (Texas) at Austin

Illinois at Spalding

Wartburg at Carthage

Saturday, September 20

Emory at Berry

Ohio Wesleyan at Baldwin-Wallace

Elmhurst at Oglethorpe

Otterbein at Oberlin

Kalamazoo at Calvin

Capital at Transylvania

Case Western Reserve at Ohio Northern

Sunday, September 21

Millsaps at Webster

Westminster (Mo.) at Augustana

Rose-Hulman at Centre



Midwest Roundup


The weekly Midwest Roundup will survey the Division III men's soccer landscape throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri and look at some of the key match-ups, results, and standout performances, identifying who is trending up and who is trending down each week.


Jordan Vejar

Jordan Vejar is a 2017 graduate of Marian University (NAIA) where he was a starting center back/center midfielder. He comes from an extensive, competitive playing background where he played for one of the nation’s top club teams, Javanon FC; played 4 years for Indiana ODP; and is a decorated goal and assist record holder at his high school. . [see full bio]

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