Midwest Roundup - Week 2
By D3soccer.com Contributor
We’re back! The Midwest Roundup returns for its sixth straight season of NCAA Division III men’s soccer coverage in 2019. Once again, state-by-state, we will highlight teams from around this region who are performing well.
Lake Forest (2-0-1) tied Ohio Northern to start the year and followed that up with wins over Illinois Wesleyan and Concordia-Chicago. The Foresters, led by coach Dan Andrews, head west for a two game road trip this week at Cal Lutheran and Occidental.
Chicago (1-0-2) has won just one of their three opening games – topping North Park - but stays undefeated with draws against Macalester and St. Thomas. First-year head coach Pat Flinn and the Maroons have one of the country’s hardest schedules as they look ahead.
Adrian (3-0-0) have scored ten goals in their opening three games, helping the Bulldogs to a perfect start. Head Coach Ryan McDonald is coming off a 2018 season that included second place MIAA finishes during both the regular and postseasons. In the first year without double round robin play during conference, Adrian will be looking to continue their early 2019 form deep into the year.
John Carroll (5-0-0) is off to a flying start. The Blue Streaks knocked off Kenyon in that five win stretch and Hector Marinaro’s side look poised for a strong season ahead. They’ll be tested again this weekend with Denison and Case Western.
Centre (3-0-1) picked up two impressive wins on the road this past weekend, beating both Haverford and TCNJ. The Colonels, coached by Jeb Burch, will host two 2018 NCAA Tournaments team this weekend – Knox and Kenyon - at home in the Bob Allen Nissan Classic.
Spalding (4-0-1) has won two invitationals to start the year, which included wins over Manchester and Anderson and a 1-1 draw against Centre. The Eagles face Kenyon this Friday in a big early season test for head coach Adam Boyer’s team.
Rose-Hulman (3-0-0) has won three straight games to start the year, knocking off North Central (Ill.), Greenville, and Albion in one goal wins. Coach Sean Helliwell and the Engineers are set to take on in-state rival Wabash this week.
Central (4-0-0) beat four regional opponents in their opening four games, tallying 11 goals during that stretch. Coach Garry Laidlaw and the Dutch look set to challenge for an ARC championship this fall.
Loras (4-0-1) has earned four quality wins in their opening five games while tying the other. Coach Dan Rothert and the Duhawks have a challenging schedule ahead as they look to stay undefeated heading into conference.
There are lots of juicy matchups to look forward to as we begin the second full week of games. As conference play looms in the distance, it will be exciting to see which teams start heating up.
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