Midwest News & Roundup - Week 1
By BJ Pheasant
Welcome to the Midwest News & Review. I will highlight women's NCAA D-III soccer games in the Midwest area (comprised of the Central and North Regions this year as we have a new columnist taking the Great Lakes Region starting with Week 2. National importance will be followed by regional importance and towards the end of the season conference considerations will crop up. Time is limited, so I exercise judgment on notable games to report each week. My editors make me look good; thank you.
Week 1 Notes
The column is starting the opening weekend of the 2019 season with news and review based on the final regular-season rankings from 2018.
1. St. Thomas 1-0-0 (19-2-1 in 2018)
The Tommies lost to UW-La Crosse in the second round of the NCAA tournament after a stellar season with their third MIAC crown in four seasons. They opened the 2019 season with a 4-1 win over visiting UW-Stevens Point and have an early Game to Watch on 9/7 at Washington U. at 2 pm.
2. UW-La Crosse 1-1-0 (18-3-3)
The Eagles lost to Washington U. in the Sweet 16 last season after a WIAC title during the regular season. An opening day emphatic 7-1 win on the road against St. Scholastica was followed by a bit of an upset as the Eagles had the shot advantage 15(8)-8(4) yet fell 1-3 to Saint Benedict.
3. Loras 2-0-0 (17-4-0)
The Duhawks won the ARC in the regular season, and Wheaton (Ill.) ended their 2018 campaign in the NCAA Second Round. They started 2019 with two home victories: 4-0 over Macalester and 3-1 against Gustavus-Adolphus.
4. Wartburg 2-0-0 (13-6-1)
The Knights lost in the first round to UW-La Crosse in 2018 after a second-place finish in the ARC. They are 2-0 to start the 2019 campaign downing Macalester 3-1 on opening day and host Knox 2-1 on Sunday
5. Dubuque 1-0-0 (14-4-1)
The Spartans had a solid 2018 and their season ended in the conference tournament. They contributed to the ARC 12-2-1 start to the 2019 season with a 2-0 downing of visiting Grinnell.
6. UW-Stevens Point 1-1-0 (12-2-4)
The Pointers recorded double-digit wins in 2018 for the first time since the 2012 season but ended the season with successive ties and a shoot out loss in the WIAC tournament semifinal. Along with all but one WIAC team, they started 2019 1-1-0 with a 1-4 loss to a strong St Thomas side on opening day but bounced back in their second contest 2-0 over Marian.
7. Augsburg 2-0-0 (14-7-0)
The Auggies tested themselves early in 2018 and made it to the MIAC tournament finals before bowing out. They are 2-0-0 to open the season after shutting out UW-Eau Claire 2-0, and Minnesota-Morris 4-0, over the holiday weekend.
8. St. Catherine 1-1-0 (11-4-2)
The Wildcats had a bit of a bounce-back year in 2018. They look to build on that success and opened the 2019 season with a 7-0 thumping of UW-Stout before succumbing in a frustrating loss to UW-Eau Claire where they dominated statistically everywhere 18(12) – 4(2), Shots (SoG) and CK’S 8-1 except where it matters most; 0-1 on the scoreboard.
1. Washington U. 1-0-1 (21-1-0)
Another great year from the Bears, but it ends in an upset in the Final Four. They are 1-0-1 to start the season after traveling to Hope, outshooting them 27-6, but ending with a 0-0 draw. Another early Game to Watch is on 9/7 at 2 pm as they host St. Thomas.
2. Wheaton (Ill.) 2-0-0 (19-4-1)
An excellent 2018 Thunder season ended with a loss to Washington U. in the Elite 8. They open the season 2-0 with convincing victories, 3-0 over Puget Sound and a 3-1 result versus RIT in the annual Bob Batista Invitational. They have a Game to Watch at Ohio Northern on 9/7 at 3 pm.
3. Hope 0-0-2 (16-3-2)
An outstanding 2018 campaign ended for the Flying Dutch in a Sweet 16 1-2 defeat by Christopher Newport. They open the 2019 season with two draws, a rare occurrence, 2-2 with West Coast visitor George Fox,and a 0-0 result with the Wash U. Bears that would make Greyhound proud. 6(2)-27(10) Shots (SoG). They have a Game to Watch at Ohio Northern on 9/6 at 3 pm.
4. Chicago 1-0-0 (13-5-1)
The Maroons were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the First Round in 2018 and ended the season on a four-game skid. They halted that trend with a resounding 6-0 win on the road at MSOE the 2019 campaign looking to return to their previous standard of excellence.
5. Illinois Wesleyan 0-0-2 (14-5-2)
The Titans bowed out to Washington U. in the second round of the 2018 tournament after an up-and-down year with a new coaching staff. They started 2019 with a West Coast swing but came home without a result falling to Redlands 1-2 and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 0-2.
6. Augustana 1-0-0 (13-3-3)
Coming off a solid 2018 season the Vikings look to continue their success in 2019. They certainly started with a bang, a 9-0 win against an overmatched Lawrence (their 25th consecutive defeat).
7. Adrian 1-0-1 (14-6-1)
The Bulldogs upset Hope to win the MIAA AQ but lost in the First Round of the NCAA tournament. With a 5-0 road win over Finlandia and a two all draw with visiting Wooster, they are off to an encouraging start in their 2019 campaign.
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