Midwest News & Roundup - Week 3
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 by 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 3 Notes
8 unbeaten teams out of 50 in the North Region after three weeks.
#9 St. Thomas 3-0-0
The Tommies didn't play last week, but have three contest coming up this week. The game at a tottering Illinois Wesleyan (1-4) on September 21 may effectively end the Titans at-large hopes.
#19 Loras 5-2-0
The Duhawks had three games on the road this week and won the first over North Central. They proceeded to lose the next two at Saint Benedict 3-1 and at Augsburg 4-2. It doesn't get any easier as they host Wheaton (IL) on September 21 at 6pm in a game to watch.
#26 Wartburg 6-0-0
The Knights had a game postponed in the storms early in the week, but got it rescheduled. They beat UW-Eua Clair 3-2 and Gustavous Adolphous 4-0. On Wednesday the 18th they play at UW-La Crosse at 8pm in a game to watch.
UW-La Crosse 4-3-0
The Eagles went 1-1 on the week with an early win over St Catherine 2-1. In a game to watch from last week they lost to Wheaton 1-0 to a goal scored in 55 seconds. They were outshot 28-5 on the day, but hung tough.
The Spartans lost to North Central 2-1 despite outshooting them 13-8. They go on the road at Monmouth on September 17 at 5:30 in a game to watch.
UW-Stevens Point 4-1-1
The Pointers picked up some quality wins knocking Nebraska Wesleyan from unbeaten status 1-0 in a fairly dominant performance. They also defeated Coe 3-2 for a solid week.
The Auggies had a game postponed early in the week and passed a test versus Loras 4-2. The shot totals were even for the game, but Augsburg put four in the net in the first 30 min and cruised the rest of the way.
A quick shout to the remaining undefeated teams - Bethal 4-0-0, Concordia-Moorhead 5-0-0, and Saint Mary's (MN) 4-0-0. Also, notice of the remaining unbeaten teams - Monmouth 4-0-1, Carleton 3-0-1, and Simpson 4-0-1.
3 unbeaten teams out of 44 in the Central Region after three weeks.
#6 Wheaton (Ill.) 6-0-0
The Thunder had two similar games with a 2-0 win over Calvin and a 1-0 win over UW-La Crosse. They out shot their opponents 26-5 and 28-5 respectively. The defense is holding for Wheaton and the offense scoring as several upsets occurred last year with similar shot advantages, but no goals for the Thunder resulted. The tough nonconference slate continues with a game at Washington U on September 18 at 5:30pm in the game of the week and at Loras on September 21 at 6pm. Both are games to watch.
#10 Washington U. 5-1-1
The Bears cruised through two wins this week. On Wednesday, September 18 they host Wheaton (IL) in the game of the week at 5:30pm. A game with national seeding implications.
#23 Chicago 3-1-0
The Maroons were another team that had an early week game postponed - at Hope, but played against Illinois Wesleyan and came away with a 6-1 win outshooting the Titans 25-4. This week a hopeful contender in North Central (IL) hosts Chicago on September 17.
The Viking won both contests this week. They look to be challenged a bit more this week on the road at Coe on September 17 and at unbeaten Simpson on September 20 at 8pm in a game to watch.
The Bulldogs had a busy week with wins over NAIA Siena Heights and over Heidelberg. They took a tough loss against nationally ranked Case Western Reserve 3-2, but held a slight shot advantage 15-12 in the game. On September 19 they travel to Otterbein who was in the NCAA tournament last year at 7pm in a game to watch.
Concordia (WI) 4-0-0
The Falcons are undefeated with wins at UW-La Crosse and against a tough St Mary's (IN) team this week 2-1 where they outshot the Belles 25-5. The future looks bright as they enter conference play in the NACC.
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