Midwest News & Roundup - Week 10
By BJ Pheasant
Welcome to the Midwest News & Review. I will highlight women's NCAA D3 soccer games in the Midwest area. 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 judgement on notable games to report each week. My editors make me look good; thank you.
Week 10 Notes
This is the final regular season column from 2019 - now D3soccer.com coverage will move to Tournament Central (link).
Women's soccer is the toughest bid of any NCAA tournament. 43 out of 64 berths are Automatic Qualifiers, which leaves 21 At-Large bids from more than 400 remaining teams.
#1 (RV nationally) St. Thomas (14-2-2 / 9-1-1)
#2 (RV nationally) Wartburg (12-2-3 / 6-1-1)
#3 Augsburg (13-3-1 / 9-1-1)
#4 UW-La Crosse (11-6-2 / 4-2-1)
#5 UW-Stevens Point (11-4-2 / 5-2-0)
#6 Saint Benedict (10-5-2 / 7-3-1)
The Blazers two opponents for the week were Bethel and Carleton who were above them in the MIAC standings. They came away with two wins, 1-0 and 2-0 respectively, to move up into fourth place in the MIAC. Their reward - to face Carleton again the opening round of the conference tournament.
#7 (RV nationally) Loras (13-4-0 / 7-1-0)
#8 UW-Whitewater (12-5-3 / 5-1-1)
The Warhawks stumbled against UW-Eau Claire 2-1 and were outshot 12-7. However, they bounced back with a 5-0 trouncing of UW-River Falls and are atop the WIAC by half a game in a bounce back season.
GREAT LAKES REGION
Coverage this week of the Great Lakes provided by Managing Editor Jim Hutchinson.
It took the final day of the regular season to finalize tournament seeding in all five conferences (excluding the region’s two UAA sides).
Ohio Northern, Rose-Hulman and Pitt-Greensburg had tension free Saturday’s as they had already secured one seeds. But Westminster (Pa.) had to take care of business to secure the PrAC #1 over Grove City who finished just a point back.
Saturday was interesting for the four teams at the top of the NCAC table as they faced off against each other with every team having a mathematical chance at the conference title. DePauw prevailed and Wooster moved from the fourth spot to the two seed.
We will know more this Wednesday when the third Regional Rankings are released but teams from this region are going to need to win their conference tournament and the associated AQ if they want an invitation to the “Big Dance”. Carnegie Mellon will earn a Pool C berth; Case Western Reserve can help their cause immensely with a regular season closing win over Carnegie Mellon this coming Saturday.
Carnegie Mellon (10-5-1 / 3-3) D3Soccer.com / RV; NCAA Great Lakes No. 1
Last week results: Washington U. L, 1-0; Chicago L, 3-2: The Tartans headed west for a chance at the UAA championship but their dreams were dashed Friday by the Wash U. Bears and hopes for a rebound on Sunday evaporated as the Maroons came back twice to level at 2-2 in the first half and found the winner in the 83rd.
Case Western Reserve (13-4 / 2-4) NCAA Great Lakes No. 2
Last week results: Chicago W, 2-0; Washington U. L, 2-1: The Spartans had good weekend, almost a very good one as they took down Chicago on Friday, and Sunday went up 1-0 in the 56th on the Bears before conceding the equalizer late in the 80th. It was all Bears in the overtime periods as they generated a 10 (4) / 0 (0) Shot (SoG) advantage and finally found the back of the net with less than five minutes remaining.
Pitt-Greensburg (17-0-1 / 9-0-1) D3Soccer.com / RV; NCAA Great Lakes No. N/R.
Last week results: Penn State-Behrend W, 2-0; La Roche T, 0-0: The Bobcats defeated the Lions which earned the conference championship and the one seed on Wednesday. Perhaps in a bit of a letdown, they drew La Roche for the first mar on their season. Their record remains unbeaten but no longer unblemished.
Penn State-Behrend (9-6-2 / 8-1-1) D3Soccer.com / No. 22 NCAA Great Lakes No. N/R
Last week results: Pitt-Greensburg L, 2-0; Hilbert W, 7-1: After falling short of the conference title earlier in the week, the Lions took out their frustration on the struggling Hawks in dominating fashion outshooting them 39(24) - 1(1). They may have another chance at the Bobcats this Saturday.
Rose-Hulman (13-4-1 / 8-0-1) NCAA Great Lakes No. N/R
Last week results: Anderson W, 2-1; Transylvania W, 4-0: The Engineers won the regular season championship for the first time since 2007 when two first half goals were enough to beat the Ravens on the road Wednesday. With the hardware in hand, the Engineers were free to enjoy Senior Day and did so convincingly over the short handed Pioneers
Hanover (10-5-2 / 7-1-1) NCAA Great Lakes No. N/R
Last week results: Mount St. Joseph W, 3-0; Defiance W, 9-0: The Panthers had a more difficult path to the tournament on Wednesday getting past the Lions in a downpour in a contest that was closer than the scoreline would indicate. They then secured the two seed on Saturday in Defiance, OH, in a contest, with apologies to BJ and his injury riddled Yellow Jackets, where it wasn't as close as the scoreline with indicate.
DePauw (11-5-2 / 6-0-2) NCAA Great Lakes No. 8
Last week results: Allegheny W, 3-2; Kenyon W, 1-0: Coach Corona inherited a side that went 4-11-1 / 2-5-1 last year and led them from one rung from the bottom in 2018 to the top of the NCAC this season. The Tigers and Laides battled at Mavec Field Saturday until literally the last minute when DePauw found the winner at 89:19. The two sides will meet again on Wednesday in semifinal action with the venue moving to Greencastle.
Wooster (12-2-3 / 5-1-2) NCAA Great Lakes No. 6
Last week results: Allegheny W, 2-0; Denison W, 2-0: Just a few miles south in central Ohio, the Scots vaulted from fourth to the two seed when they handed the Big Red their second conference loss. Wednesday it's same face, different place, as these two meet again with the Scots hosting.
Ohio Northern (15-2-2 / 9-0) NCAA Great Lakes No. 3
Last week results: Otterbein W, 2-1; Mount Union W, 6-0: The Polars Bears not only survived but thrived in the round robin featuring the top three teams in the OAC over the last two weeks and finished six points clear of the Crusaders and Cardinals. Wednesday in Westerville, they were on the short end of the stats everywhere except yellow cards in a hard-fought, chippy contest with the season title on the line, and the scoreboard. The sides scored three in quick succession as the Cardinals got on the board first but the Polar Bears answered six minutes later and took the lead for good three minutes after the equalizer.
Capital (14-5 / 7-2) NCAA Great Lakes No. 7
Last week results: Wilmington W, 3-0; Otterbein W, 2-0: The Crusaders rebounded from their disappointment the prior week at the hands of the Polar Bears with their defense posting a clean sheet on the week. Saturday's battle for the two seed with the Cardinals apparently was truly that as 29 fouls were called, and three cautions issued. The Crusaders defense made two first half scores stand up in a tight contest 11(5) - 7(4) Shots(SoG) favoring Capital.
Westminster (Pa.) (12-5-2 / 7-0-1) NCAA Great Lakes No. N/R
Last week results: Geneva W, 1-0; : Westminster (Pa.) and Grove City are the clear class of the PrAC, finishing 7 and 6 points clear of third place Washington and Jefferson and are favorites to meet in the final although their regular season contests with Washington and Jefferson, and fourth seed Chatham were tight affairs.
Grove City (10-6-2 / 7-1) NCAA Great Lakes No. N/R
Last week results: St. Vincent W, 7-0; Washington and Jefferson W, 2-1: Saturday was a battle for the two seed in the PrAC when the Wolverines visited the Washington and Jefferson Presidents. The Wolverines were also pulling for the Golden Tornados to upset the Titans later in the afternoon which would earn Grove City the tournament one seed. They came away with a victory but Titans were victorious also and earned the top spot. The Wolverines and the Presidents will meet again Tuesday with a trip to the tournament final as the prize.
#1 (#2 nationally) Washington U. (15-1-1 / 6-0-0)
The Bears clinched their fifth straight UAA title with a game to go. Almost seems like a one team league. They beat Case Western Reserve 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday to make it happen. The Bears play the second place Maroons to the close the regular season next weekend as the UAA does not play a conference tournament.
#2 (#5 nationally) Wheaton (Ill.) (16-1-1 / 8-0-0)
The Thunder dominated play to finish the CCIW schedule undefeated. They secured their 21st title in 25 years showing the CCIW to be a one team league. They will get an at-large bid if they are upset in the conference tourney and don't secure the AQ.
#3 (#11 nationally) Chicago (12-2-2 / 4-1-1)
The Maroons hold on to second place in the UAA by half a game. They were defeated by Case Western Reserve 2-0 on Friday despite outshooting the Spartans 15-8. They beat Carnegie Mellon 3-2 on Sunday. Their final game is next weekend against Washington U. who has clinched the UAA title. It seems likely that Chicago will earn an at-large bid even though they lost in the first round last year.
#4 Illinois Wesleyan (12-5-0 / 7-1-0)
#5 Adrian (14-4-2 / 7-1)
#6 North Central (Ill.) (9-8-1 / 5-3-0)
The Cardinals are ranked, but lost to UW-Oshkosh 5-1 in their final regular season game to a nonconference opponent. They did outshoot the Titans 26-14 in the losing effort. They are the fourth seed in the CCIW tournament.
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