Midwest Roundup - Week 4
By D3soccer.com Staff Writer
It is that time of year! Conference play has started in several leagues and kicks off in several others this week. While the opening weeks have proved to be filled with drama and excitement, the season is just now heating up! Check out what happened in the past week of the season from around the Midwest.
North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
The NCAC had one in-conference game this past week, but the success of Kenyon is still the main talking point of this group of teams. Undefeated after seven games, the Lords are ranked No. 2 in both national polls.
Kenyon (7-0-0) took on two OAC teams this week. After going down 1-0 early against Muskingum, the Lords scored five unanswered goals to win 5-1. A few days later, they blanked Marietta by a score of 2-0. Kenyon opens up conference play at home vs DePauw.
Wabash (5-0-2) remains unbeaten after tying two games this past week. The Little Giants went to double-overtime against Hanover, tying the game 2-2, and against Franklin, tying the game 0-0. Chris Keller’s team will put their undefeated record on the line when they open up NCAC play at home vs Hiram this weekend.
Coming into the week ranked 16th in the NSCAA poll, Hiram (5-3-0) suffered back-to-back losses, including their conference opener, a 1-0 defeat against DePauw. Earlier in the week, Otterbein grinded out a 3-2 win over the Terriers in double-overtime.
Ohio Wesleyan (5-2-1) beat two teams this past week, including bitter rival Ohio Northern by a overwhelming score of 5-1 (highlights here). The Bishops followed that up with a 3-1 win at Baldwin-Wallace (highlights here) and have their confidence up entering NCAC play this week with a game at Wooster. Brian Schaefer had three goals in those two wins.
Wittenberg (5-2-1) had three wins this week and saw Brian Boutin earn Player of the Week honors for his four goal performance. Wittenberg is off to its best start since 2008 after wins against Mt. St. Joseph, Defiance, and Earlham.
DePauw (5-3-0) got back on track with an important conference win against Hiram. After dropping a mid-week contest to Rose Hulman by a 1-0 scoreline, the Tigers rebounded for a big 1-0 shutout win.
Allegheny (4-3-1) pushed themselves to a winning-record by beating Baldwin-Wallace 2-1 and Penn State Behrend 3-2. Sophomore Scott Powell had both goals in the win over Baldwin-Wallace. The Gators are undefeated at home to start the season.
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
Following a successful non-conference season in which MIAA teams racked up victories against strong regional opponents such as Ohio Northern, Ohio Weslyan, Chicago, Wheaton (Ill.) and Denison, the past week saw the commencement of the home-and-home slate of matches between the conference's eight teams. The question to be answered was which schools would join perennial powers Calvin and Hope in the fight to secure a place in the MIAA’s season-ending four-team tournament.
With a target on its back, then-No. 14 Hope (7-1-0) found the going more difficult than expected, needing overtime and a header by senior defender Logan Sikkenga to dispatch a 10-man Trine squad, 1-0. The Flying Dutchmen followed this up by earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Adrian, with senior midfielder Cameron Dice converting a cross from senior forward Brandon Underwood late in the first half for the day's only goal.
Meanwhile, Calvin (5-2-0) kept pace with a pair of victories, 4-0 over Alma and 3-0 over Kalamazoo. The Knights were led by All-American senior forward Travis Vegter, who tallied two goals and three assists on the week. Vegter's 50 goals rank third all-time on the Calvin career list. The victory over Kalamazoo was particularly impressive, as the Hornets entered the game fielding the conference's stingiest defense.
Seeking to make a move into the MIAA's upper echelon was Albion (4-3-0), hot off a 3-2 victory over Ohio Northern. The Britons used two goals from senior forward Kyle Alsheskie, including the game-winner 16 seconds into overtime, to defeat Olivet 3-2. Alsheskie was at it again in the following match, scoring the game's only goal with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to earn a 1-0 victory over Alma.
Sitting in fourth place is Olivet (3-3-0), which rebounded from its heartbreaking loss to Albion to score a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Trine. The Comets received two goals courtesy of the foot of senior midfielder Zach Schulz, while the game-winner was provided by junior forward Cory Werner-Hoskins.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
Despite dropping their first game of the season, Rose-Hulman continue to sport the best overall record among HCAC teams. All ten teams will play out-of-conference games this week before opening league play in October.
The Engineers of Rose-Hulman (5-1-2) lost their first game of the season at Centre this Sunday, falling to the Colonels 2-0. This was after RHIT came away with a big win at DePauw, prevailing 1-0 on Dieter Schultz sudden-death game winner in the 100th minute. Hear from Coach Sean Helliwell after the DePauw win here.
Anderson (4-3-0) got their record above .500 when they beat Illinois Tech 2-0 behind a Brian Stout brace.
Franklin (3-3-1) continued their recent form with a 3-2 win over the SLIAC’s Principia and a 0-0 draw with the undefeated Wabash. The Grizzlies, coached by Shaun Mahoney, play Millikin this weekend.
Transylvania (3-3-0) had a disappointing week, falling 2-1 to Capital in double-overtime. In other news, they will reignite the historic in-state rivalry with Centre next season, winning hosting privileges for the 2015 game after this coin toss.
Hanover (2-5-1) earned a much-needed win, beating Principia 2-0 after tying Wabash 2-2 in double-overtime. The Panthers will look to bring their recent positive form in conference play.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)
All ten teams in the SLIAC open conference play this upcoming weekend. With only four teams making the conference tournament in November, it will be important for all teams to pick up points in the opening weekend.
Greenville (4-3-1) swept the Player of the Week awards after splitting a pair of games this week. The Panthers dropped a 2-0 contest at home to nationally-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) before earning a solid win over SAA foe Millsaps by a score of 2-1. For their efforts, Jordan York and Thomas Crown won Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively. In the upcoming weekend’s most anticipated match, Greenville travels to Louisville, Ky. to take on Spalding in their conference opener.
Spalding (6-2-0) won both of their games this past week and hold the best record of any team in the conference. On Friday, the Golden Eagles beat Illinois 3-1 and followed that up with a 1-0 shutout win over Division III provisional member Berea. Julio De Leon, who leads the conference with 9 points, tallied 3 assists on the weekend.
Webster (2-6-1) dropped two 2-1 decisions to tough opposition, first falling to Washington U. and then falling to Millsaps. The Gorloks will look to rebound when they travel to Iowa Wesleyan for their SLIAC opener after a non-conference game versus Illinois Wesleyan.
Westminster (Mo.) (2-5-0) dropped a 4-0 decision to Augustana and will need to shift gears as they play Simpson in their final non-conference game before hosting Blackburn to kick-off league action.
Blackburn (3-6-0) beat fellow SLIAC member Eureka in a non-conference game before falling 1-0 to the HCAC’s Mt. St. Joseph. The Beavers are looking much improved from last year’s campaign.
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)
The OAC played another week of non-conference matches that included some heavy hitting opposition, including nationally-ranked Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan.
Bud Lewis’ Wilmington (5-2-0) team found themselves with the best record in the OAC after beating Earlham 5-2 and Defiance 3-0. The Quakers were able to capitalize on their home field advantage as they combined to out-shoot their opponents 51-12 on the weekend. Wilmington looks to continue their three-game winning streak when they host Centre on Wednesday.
Ohio Northern (6-3-0) own the OAC’s second best non-conference record. The Polar Bears dropped a tough match at Ohio Wesleyan 5-1 before rebounding to beat UAA Case Western Reserve. Matt Kinkopf scored two goals in the win over Case Western to bring his season total to seven goals, which leads the OAC.
John Carroll (5-3-0) picked up two big wins against Case Western and St. Vincent. The Lobo’s Brian Potocnik (2g, 2a) Kevin Pachuta (1g, 1a) and Dalton Browsky (2,g 1a) had great weekends individually as they helped John Carroll notch the pair of wins. JCU will host Hiram College this coming Wednesday and will look to grab their sixth win of the season.
Capital (4-3-0) bounced back with two solid wins over Wooster and Transylvania. Capital beat Wooster 3-0 as Zach Matheny scored twice on assists from Mario Suarez. Suarez continued to impact the team as he scored the overtime winner against Transylvania in the 103rd minute. Capital will have a tough mid-week match as they travel to No. 2 Kenyon on Tuesday evening.
Otterbein (4-3-0) picked up two hard fought victories over Hiram (3-2) and Oberlin (3-1). The Cardinals went down 2-0 to Hiram before scoring three unanswered goals to secure the win. Otterbein’s Jared Pulliam scored the game winner in the 91st minute (watch here) after Reid Wolfe and Ross Pfell had registered their first goals of the season. Two goals in a five-minute span, including Pulliam’s fourth of the year, carried Otterbein to their win over Oberlin; highlights from the game can be watched here.
Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
Birmingham-Southern (5-0-1) remained at the top of the table as they won their only match of the week. BSC defeated LaGrange on the road 2-1. BSC went down early but managed to get one back seconds before the half-time whistle. The Panthers got the game winner in the 69th minute as Dylan Rose found the back of the net for his first game winner of the season. The sophomore scored his first goal of the season and earned SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors. LaGrange’s A.J. Wilson made 15 saves in the match as BSC tallied 17 shots on frame.
Millsaps (6-3-0) traveled to the St. Louis area where they played two SLIAC members: Greenville and Webster. The Majors lost to Greenville 2-1 Friday before defeating Webster 2-1 Sunday. Nico Roth scored his sixth goal of the season in the loss to Greenville. Lukas Elmhammar stepped up big-time for the Majors in the 2-1 over Webster. Elmhammar scored two unassisted goals to give Millsaps the win; he currently leads the SAA with 10 goals and 6 assists.
Berry (4-2-0) lost its only match of the week at home to Emory, 1-0. The Vikings were not able to overcome the early goal from Jason Andrejchak. The game was even as both teams had 11 shots and 3 corner kicks. Berry has three non-conference matches left before they enter SAA play.
Centre (2-2-2) beat the visiting Engineers of Rose-Hulman 2-0 in their only game of the week. The Colonels got goals from Phillip Shehan and Cameron Miller, which can be seen here. The victory helped Centre back to a .500 record before travelling to Wilmington Wednesday to take on the Quakers.
Oglethorpe (4-4-1) continues to hover around the .500 mark having tied Covenant 1-1 and lost to Elmhurst 2-0. Nick Muntean scored the Stormy Petrels only goal on the weekend from a dead ball right outside the box. Oglethorpe looks to bounce back as they host Piedmont Wednesday.
Sewanee (3-5-0) picked up a much needed win at Huntingdon, 2-1. Solly Thomas assisted on the first goal and then scored the game winner in the 98th minute. The Tigers were unable to win back-to-back games as they dropped a tough match at Ozarks 1-0. Rhodes (2-4-1) lost games to Division II Christian Brothers, 1-0, and Bellhaven, 3-1. Hendrix (2-6-1) stumbled against Ozarks, 2-0, and East Texas Baptist, 1-0.
Other notable performances . . .
From around the Midwest
• Coming off four straight wins, Wheaton (Ill.) (7-2-0) picked up a pair of wins this past week, beating both Greenville and Bethel by a 2-0 score. The Thunder, whose history of success speaks for itself, have three tough tests in Chicago, Washington U., and UW-Platteville before beginning play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW).
"Outside the Area"
• Trinity (Texas) (7-1-0) are ranked No. 5 in the poll after thumping Austin 7-0 and the University of Dallas 4-1 to open up play in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). One week into the conference schedule, the Tigers are looking likely to repeat as SCAC champions this year.
Games to Watch . . .
Check out these games from around the Midwest this week:
Tuesday, September 23
No. 12 Hope at No. 20 Calvin
Albion at Kalamazoo
Wednesday, September 24
Transylvania at Thomas More
Wabash at Rose-Hulman
John Carroll at Hiram
Centre at Wilmington
No. 11 Emory at Birmingham-Southern
Friday, September 26
No. 16 Wheaton (Ill.) at Washington U.
Rhodes at Principia
Texas-Lutheran at Southwestern
Saturday, September 27
DePauw at No. 2 Kenyon
Greenville at Spalding
No. 18 North Park at Rose-Hulman
Hiram at Wabash
Monmouth at Knox
Franklin at Millikin
Wilmington at Case Western
Albion at No. 12 Hope
Olivet at Kalamazoo
Carthage at Chicago
Sunday, September 28
Texas-Lutheran at No. 5 Trinity (Texas)
Rhodes at Fontbonne
Olivet at Elmhurst
Muskingum at Defiance