Week 6 Midwest Roundup
By D3soccer.com Contributors
North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC)
After another week of conference matches, two NCAC teams remain unbeaten for the entire season while another joins them to make three teams with perfect 2-0-0 starts in conference play.
Kenyon (10-0-0/2-0-0) is perfect on the year after picking up a 1-0 win over Allegheny (4-6-1/0-2-0). The Lords are No. 2 in both national polls and continue to find success by shutting out teams along their ten game win streak.
The Little Giants of Wabash (9-0-2/2-0-0) picked up another in-conference win, this time beating Oberlin (4-5-0/1-1-0) by a 2-1 scoreline. Chris Keller’s team continues to grind out results in their undefeated season and are turning heads as the year rolls on. Their three goals allowed is tied for second in the nation.
DePauw (7-4-0/2-1-0) took down Wooster (3-6-1/0-2-0) in a 5-2 result, with Julian Gonzalez tallying a hat trick in the win. The Tigers opened the scoring just five minutes into the game and never looked back, racing out to a 3-0 lead just outside the half hour mark. With four September losses, DePauw has little to no room for error and a trip to a vulnerable Ohio Wesleyan looming.
Ohio Wesleyan (8-3-1/2-0-0) has won both its conference games after a 4-0 drubbing of Wittenberg (5-5-1/0-2-0). Highlights (which can be seen here) include a hat trick from All-American Colton Bloecher. It was a positive response to their upset loss to Capital midweek, though a DePauw side fighting for their lives should provide a sterner test for the Bishops come the weekend.
The Terriers of Hiram (6-6-0/1-2-0) got back on track with their first conference win, beating Denison (4-5-1/1-1-0) by a 1-0 score. It snapped their five-game losing streak that overturned their 5-1-0 start to the season. Hiram goalkeeper Luke Wilhelm went ninety minutes for the shutout victory.
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
The past week of action in the MIAA featured consistent performances at the top of the standings, as well as a flip-flop of the third- and fourth-place teams occupying the final two slots allocated for the four-team, season-ending tournament.
Alone atop the standings, then-No. 17 Calvin (9-2-0/6-0-0) rolled to a pair of victories, including an impressive 2-0 blanking of Albion (5-6-0/3-3-0) on the Britons' home turf. In their other match, Calvin thrashed Trine (3-8-1/0-6-0) by a 7-0 score. For the week, senior All-America forward Travis Vegter tallied five goals, earning his third conference Offensive Player of the Week honor.
Solidifying their runner-up position, then-No. 20 Hope (10-2-0/6-1-0) overcame an early two-goal deficit to top Olivet (5-6-0/3-3-0) by a 3-2 score, thanks to two goals from senior midfielder Tarwo Konbloa. The Flying Dutchmen capped the week with a 2-0 blanking of Alma (3-5-2/2-4-0), with the game-winner courtesy of senior midfielder Gavin Midlam.
Kalamazoo (5-4-2/3-2-1) relied on their stingy defense to wrack up a pair of shutout victories and move into third position in the standings. The Hornets topped Alma on the road, 1-0, then returned home to dominate Trine by a 3-0 score. Junior back Jordan Veillette helped anchor the defense and was named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week.
After splitting a pair of games, Albion dropped into the fourth-and-final playoff position with four weeks to go in the regular season. The Britons scored a 2-0 victory over Adrian (4-6-1/1-4-1), before falling to Calvin by the same score.
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC)
Conference action got underway in the Heartland this weekend. There were no draws, meaning five teams are now 1-0 while five teams are down 0-1.
The surprise result came when Bluffton (4-7-0/1-0-0) beat Hanover (2-7-1/0-1-0) by a score of 1-0. Despite being outshout 20-4, the Beavers defended well and won the game behind Peter Carlson’s unassisted goal midway through the second half. Matt Wilkerson’s Hanover team will need to rebound quickly if they want to make the conference tournament for a second straight season.
Transylvania (5-4-0/1-0-0) opened up conference play with a big 5-0 win over Manchester (4-6-0/0-1-0). The Pioneers got above .500 behind braces from both Ben Rossoll and Riley Calhoon. Rossoll, who has a team-high 5 goals and 6 assists, was named HCAC Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
The Grizzlies of Franklin (4-4-1, 1-0-0) earned a 2-1 win over Mount St. Joseph (2-9-0, 0-1-0). Mason Krupa put Franklin up 1-0 heading into the break. When Mt. St. Joseph leveled through a goal from Colton Lipps, Franklin needed just 11 seconds to regain their advantage as Austin Fundenberger dribbled down the middle of the defense off the restart and drilled a shot home.
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)
After the second weekend of conference play, four teams sit atop the standings with a perfect 2-0-0 record.
Westminster (Mo.) (4-6-0/2-0-0) picked up the biggest result of the weekend when they traveled to Greenville (5-6-1/1-1-0) and earned a hard-fought 1-0 road win. All-SLIAC midfielder Drew Cook scored the game’s lone goal and Defensive Player of the Week Daryl Doran earned the shutout for the defense. Despite a slow start to the season, the Blue Jays are looking poised for another run at a conference championship.
Fontbonne (3-9-0/2-0-0) came from behind to claim an important 2-1 win at Blackburn (4-8-0/2-0-0). A red card to the Fontbonne team just as the game started meant the Griffins played down a man for the majority of the game. However, with the game still 0-0, the Beavers were shown a red card early in the 2nd half for an even-strength finish. Blackburn would go up 1-0, but Fontbonne came back for two goals to win it in dramatic fashion.
Webster (4-8-1/2-0-0) won their second conference game, thumping Eureka (0-9-0/0-2-0) by an 11-0 scoreline. Freshman forward Dzani Delic won Offensive Player of the Week honors for his six-minute hat trick to start the game.
Principia (4-8-0/2-0-0) has now won four straight games, including their first two SLIAC contests. This weekend, they beat MacMurray (1-9-0/0-2-0) by a score of 9-1. Nate Waters picked up a hat trick in the win.
Spalding (7-4-0/1-1-0) came back from last week’s disappointment to claim their first three conference points. The Golden Eagles saw eleven different goalscorers in their 13-0 blowout of Iowa Wesleyan (0-7-0/0-2-0). Spalding’s Sergio Vancini had 2 goals and 2 assists in the rout. Listen to the thoughts about the win from the players and staff here.
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)
The OAC closed out their non-conference schedule and played their first conference matches. John Carroll increased their winning streak to five games as one of the teams that opened their conference account with a win.
John Carroll (8-3-0/1-0-0) beat conference rival Ohio Northern (7-5-0/0-1-0) 2-0 on Saturday. Brian Potocnik scored his team leading 6th goal of the season in the 20th minute to give JCU a 1-0 advantage. Potocnik then notched the assist on the second goal in the 74th minute. The Blue Treaks won their sixth straight OAC opener and avenged consecutive losses to the Polar Bears dating back to 2007.
Capital (6-4-0/1-0-0) had a great week as they beat nationally ranked Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 and OAC opponent Mount Union (6-4-0/0-1-0) by a 2-0 score. All three goals against OWU were scored in the final 20 minutes of play. Capital opened the scoring in the 70th minute as R.G. Florey found the back of the net for his 4th goal of the season. OWU equalized a minute later as All-American Colton Bloecher tallied his 8th goal of the season. Capital won the match in dramatic fashion as Calvin Saunders scored on a shot from just outside the box. Florey was credited with an assist and finished the match with three points. Capital scored two early goals and held on to beat Mount Union in their OAC opener. Josh Spaw found the net in the third minute and R.G. Florey scored his team leading 5th goal in the 13th minute, helping the senior earn OAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Otterbein (7-4-0/0-1-0) beat Ohio Christian 3-0 before falling in their OAC opener to Heidelberg (5-4-2/1-0-0) by a score of 1-0. Jared Pulliam continued his point scoring streak by tallying his 8th goal and first assist in the victory. In the loss to Heidelberg, Otterbein gave up the winning goal in the 84th minute as Ryan Homoki scored his second goal of the season. It was Heidelberg’s second win of the week, having returned victorious from Denison midweek. The hosts opened up the scoring in the fifth minute but Heidelberg equalized in the 35th and netted the game winner in the 54th minute.
Baldwin-Wallace (5-7-0/1-0-0) beat Muskingum (4-7-0/0-1-0) 4-1 in their OAC opener. Baldwin-Wallace controlled the match as they outshot Muskingum 24-6 on the night. Zach Smith scored two goals and Cody Smith added a goal and assists in the 4-1 victory.
Marietta (3-6-0/1-0-0) beat the Quakers of Wilmington (5-5-1/0-1-0) by a 3-2 score in their conference openers. Riley Wesley scored in the second minute and again in the 28th to give Marietta a 2-0 advantage. The Quakers fought back and equalized on goals from Daniel Wicks and Evan Schlagetter only to see Taylor Reasoner score the game winner for the Pioneers in the 83rd minute.
Southern Athletic Association (SAA)
If their non-conference record hadn’t already done so, their defeat of last year’s conference champion to open SAA action made Birmingham-Southern the favorites while Berry continued to improve on their strong start to the season.
Birmingham-Southern (7-1-1/1-0-0) beat visiting Millsaps (7-3-0/1-0-0) by a 2-1 count in double-overtime. Millsaps shocked the Panthers with a tally after a mere 35 seconds had came off the clock courtesy of freshman Alex Borland’s third goal of the season. Just when it seemed that early advantage would hold up, Claudio Lipp, a junior from Austria, equalized in the 87th minute and then scored the game winner in the 107th minute. Bastian Jedliczka was credited with both assists in the victory. Lipp earned himself SAA Offensive Player of the Week and BSC keeper Louis Fagelson earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Berry (7-3-0/1-0-0) hosted Oglethorpe (5-6-1/0-1-0) in their SAA opening match. A goal by senior Zak Wallingford in the 51st minute gave the home side the 1-0 victory. It was the Petrels’ second road loss of the week, having come up just short in their upset bid at Emory midweek. Oglethore was rewarded for matching their ranked hosts in shots and placing more on target when an Angel Salome strike put them ahead in the 62 minute. Emory equalized 15 minutes later and scored the game winner in the 107th minute.
Hendrix (2-8-1/0-1-0) hosted rival Rhodes (4-5-1/1-0-0) and fell 1-0. Samory Diaby scored the only goal in the 56th minute. The Warriors tallied 21 shots to Rhodes’ 12 and won six corners to the Lynx’s two, but could not find the back of the net.
Centre (3-2-4/0-0-1) traveled to Sewanee (3-6-1/0-0-1) to open their SAA schedule. Miles Hill scored first for the visiting Colonels in the 5th minute off an assists from Pavel Terselich. Sewanee quickly answered four minutes later as Bobby Zolper put his name on the score sheet. Centre narrowly missed the equalizer as they hit the post once and crossbar twice before the final whistle.
Midwest Conference (MWC)
Knox vaulted to the top of MWC standings with another pair of conference wins. Carroll is in close pursuit and their tougher non-conference schedule could yet tell. St. Norbert, still undefeated overall, has ground to make up after their back-to-back ties.
Led by Nathaniel Logie, who was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Performer of the Week, Knox (9-2-0) picked up two more league victories over the weekend and are a perfect 4-0-0 in conference play and in the midst of an eight-match winning streak. The Prairie Fire went on the road an earned an easy 5-1 victory over Ripon (2-10-1/0-6-0) on Saturday and turned around and defeated Lawrence (1-8-2/1-3-1), 1-0, on Sunday. Logie scored twice against the Red Hawks and had the only goal in the win at Lawrence. He leads the league with nine goals and 19 points and is tied for the conference lead with three game-winning goals.
Nipping at Knox’s heels in the conference race is Carroll (5-5-2/3-0-1). The Pioneers remained unbeaten in conference play after blowing out Cornell (2-9-1/0-4-0), 8-0, on Saturday and settling for a 0-0 tie against Grinnell (4-3-4/0-2-2) on Sunday. Carroll out shot Grinnell 18-5 (SOG 10-2) and, given their challenging out-of-conference preparation, expect to win their games against the bottom half of the conference in pursuit of the title. Carroll doesn’t play again until Oct. 15 when they head to third place Lake Forest.
Lake Forest (3-6-2/2-0-2) is another team that took their lumps playing a tough non-conference schedule. The Foresters have rebounded and are unbeaten in the league at 2-0-2, good for third place. Like Carroll, their weekend consisted of pounding Cornell and drawing with Grinnell who proved resilient again while being outshot 26-6 (SOG 9-2). With only four points separating them from the eighth place team, Lake Forest will be especially disappointed in their inability to make their advantage count for the full three points.
St. Norbert (7-0-2/1-0-2), who was ranked in the previous two NSCAA national polls, tied both Monmouth (4-7-1/2-1-1) and Illinois College at home. It’s two points earned in the race, but probably feels more like four points dropped as it leaves the Green Knights in seventh place with games against the top three yet to come.
Illinois College (6-3-2/2-0-1) has been very impressive as of late led by their defense which has earned back-to-back Midwest Conference Defensive Performers of the Week. Last week, it was goalkeeper Scott Workman, while this week defender Andrew Matheney took the honor. The Blueboys have shutout their past four opponents and have a scoreless streak of over 380 minutes.
Other notable performances . . .
From around the Midwest
• Wartburg (8-2-2/3-0-0) have started play in the IIAC on the right foot, winning their first three matches, including a 9-0 blowout of Central. The Knights will have tough competition with Loras in conference, but their midweek defeat of previously unbeaten league rival Luther gives head coach and alum Kirk Artist reason to be optimistic in his sixth year in charge of the program.
"Outside the Area"
• Colorado College (10-2-0/6-1-0) had rattled off ten straight wins before dropping their first conference game of the season in a close 1-0 game at Trinity (Tx.). Their competitiveness in the loss was rewarded with another week in the D3soccer.com Top 25 as they gave Trinity all they could handle. Brandon Ogilvie has nine goals on the year to pace head coach Horst Richardson’s team in his 50th year at the helm of the program.
Games to Watch . . .
Check out these games from around the Midwest this week:
Wednesday, October 8
Hanover at Earlham
Case Western Reserve at Oberlin
Wilmington at Ohio Northern
Washington U. at Fontbonne
St. Olaf at Wartburg
Thursday, October 9
Defiance at Manchester
Monmouth at Illinois
Spalding at Webster
Friday, October 10
Southwestern at No. 22 Colorado College
Covenant at Methodist
Saturday, October 11
Wooster at No. 2 Kenyon
Chicago at No. 7 Emory
No. 10 Wheaton (Ill.) at Millikin
DePauw at No. 24 Ohio Wesleyan
Otterbein at Capital
Kalamazoo at Adrian
Albion at Olivet
Transylvania at Rose-Hulman
Wittenberg at Denison
Berry at Centre
Prinicpia at Greenville
Illinois Wesleyan at Carthage
Sunday, October 12
No. 5 Trinity (Tx.) at No. 22 Colorado College
Wabash at Allegheny