October 28, 2019

Midwest News & Roundup - Week 9

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 9 Notes

The Regional rankings start on Wednesday the 23rd of October. A complete explanation is available "here from D3Soccer.com." https://d3soccer.com/columns/christan-shirk/2019/the-rankings-that-matter

NORTH REGION

Regional rankings don’t seem to line up with conference standings in the North Region. Some teams can take motivation from that disrespect.

No.1 (RV nationally) St. Thomas (12-2-2 / 7-1-1)

The Tommies outshot No..7 Saint Benedict 11-5 and won 1-0 in a clash of regionally ranked opponents. They also beat Macalester 1-0. Two games to go in the regular season and tied with No..3 ranked Augsburg atop the MIAC with a game against St. Catherine on Wednesday with a half game lead.

No. 2 (RV nationally) Wartburg (11-2-3 / 5-1-1)

The Knights won their only game of the week and have one regular season contest remaining. They are a half game behind Loras for top seed in the ARC.

No. 3 Augsburg (11-3-1 / 7-1-1)

The Auggies outshot Carleton 18-13, but only 9-7 in shots on goal to win 2-1. They are tied with St Thomas and have the head-to-head victory. Two games remain in the regular season.

No. 4 UW-Stevens Point (10-4-2 / 4-2-0)

The Pointers beat UW-Oshkosh 3-1, but lost to UW-Platteville 2-0. This puts them in third in the WIAC standings. They play UW-La Crosse on November 2 to end the regular season.

No. 5 UW-La Crosse (11-5-2 / 4-1-1)

The Eagles beat UW-Stout 4-0 and lost to UW-Eau Claire 2-1. This leaves UW-Whitewater atop the conference. The Eagles meet UW-Stevens Point on November 2 in a game for the second seed in conference if UW-Whitewater finishes out.

No. 6 Dubuque (10-4-2 / 3-2-2)

The Spartans were hammered 6-0 by Loras on Wednesday and bounced back with a 1-0 win over Simpson on the weekend. They have one regular season game remaining and need to win it to maintain their hold on fourth place in the ARC because of the head-to-head result with Simpson.

No. 7 Saint Benedict (8-5-2 / 5-3-1)

The had a tough week and are in sixth place in the MIAC with two losses on the week. St Thomas won 1-0 and St Catherine 5-1. This week is tough also with their final two opponents being Bethel and Carleton who are above them in the MIAC standings.

No. 8 Carleton (8-3-3 / 5-2-2)

The Knights only had one game on the week and lost to No. 3 Augsburg 2-1 in a close game. They have two regular season games remaining and are in fifth place in the MIAC.

GREAT LAKES REGION

The Regional Rankings were dominated by the NCAC and the OAC with three representatives each while the two UAA sides in the region topped the chart. Meanwhile the AMCC, led by 17-0-0 Pitt-Greensburg was left out. The HCAC, which has been represented every year this decade was not represented. No one from the PrAC appears either.

Coverage this week of the Great Lakes provided by Managing Editor Jim Hutchinson.

Carnegie Mellon (10-3-1 / 3-1) D3Soccer.com / RV; NCAA Great Lakes No. 1

Last week results:  Nazareth  W, 2-1; : The Tartans needed 103 minutes to dispatch the Golden Flyers, currently leading the E8, despite dominating the game on the stat sheet 23(16) - 4(2) and 9-2 CK's. Next weekend will present a massive challenge but also opportunity with the Wash U. Bears and Chicago Maroons on the road.

Case Western Reserve (12-3 / 1-3) NCAA Great Lakes No. 2

Last week results:  Ohio Wesleyan  W, 3-1; :The Battling Bishops gave the Spartans more of a challenge statistically 16(6)-10(3) and 4-1 on corners than the CMU – Nazareth in the other UAA out of conference game this week The Spartans make the same trip as the Tartans before hosting the Spartans on Nov. 9 to wrap up the UAA Regular season.

Ohio Northern (13-2-2 / 7-0) RV; NCAA Great Lakes No. 3

Last week results:  Heidelberg W, 3-1; Capital W, 2-0: The Polar Bears remain perfect in the OAC and stop the Crusaders bid for the regular season title. Wednesday continues the battle for the regular season title and #1 seed when they travel to Westerville.

Otterbein (14-1-1 / 7-0) No. 23RV; NCAA Great Lakes No. 4

Last week results: Wilmington W, 4-1; Muskingum W, 6-0: Another dominating week for the Cardinals who are averaging four goals per contest both in conference and overall. That will likely drop this week as they finish the regular season hosting the Polar Bears (0.75 GAA) and finishing at the Crusaders (1.00 GAA). Depending on results the Cardinals will enter the OAC tournament as the first, second or third seed.

Denison (7-5-4 / 4-1-1) NCAA Great Lakes No. 5

Last week results: Oberlin W, 2-1; Wittenberg L, 2-1: The Big Red fell in the first OT to the host Tigers who also had the better stat line 13(10)- 7(3). It appears that the NCAC will be a one bid conference in 2019 as no one has an eye-catching resume. The regular season title will likely not be settled until late afternoon next Saturday with Kenyon hosting DePauw and Denison at home versus Wooster.

Wooster (10-2-3 / 3-1-2) NCAA Great Lakes No. 6

Last week results:  Kenyon T, 0-0; Oberlin W, 2-0: Wooster kept their hopes for a regular season title alive, albeit on life support, with a mid-week draw at home against the Kenyon Ladies. The Scots dominated everywhere but the scoreboard as they piled up a 25(12)-7(2), 11-4 CK's statistical advantage. With one week remaining the Scots sit fourth in the NCAC table, two points out of the two seed but also only a tenuous two point edge over Allegheny and Wittenberg for the final tournament berth.

Capital (12-5 / 5-2) NCAA Great Lakes No. 7

Last week results:  Muskingum W, 8-0; Ohio Northern L, 2-0: The Crusaders lost their bid for the OAC title in a tightly fought contest Saturday at Ada and face another challenging foe when the Otterbein Cardinals come to town for the final match of the NCAC regular season.. The Crusaders have secured a place in the conference tournament but could cede their #3 position to John Carroll who have a softer final week schedule.

DePauw (10-5-2 / 5-0-2) NCAA Great Lakes No. 8

Last week results:  Ohio Wesleyan W, 1-0; Allegheny W, 3-2: The Tigers hung on, just barely, to the top spot in the NCAC table with two narrow wins. Despite a combined 39(16)-14(5), 15-4 CK's advantage they needed an 86th minute PK conversion to survive one contest and a come from behind win with 18 seconds remaining in the first OT in the other. The NCAC regular season title may well be on the line next Saturday when the Tigers finish the regular season with a visit to the Kenyon Ladies.

CENTRAL REGION

A couple teams seem to have been left out of the rankings, but overall pretty straight forward.

No. 1 (No. 3 nationally) Washington U. (13-1-1 / 4-0-0)

The Bears did not play this week. Three regular season games to go with Friday, November 1 hosting Carnegie Mellon and Sunday, November 3 hosting Case Western.

No. 2 (No. 5 nationally) Wheaton (Ill.) (14-1-1 / 6-0-0)

The Thunder had a comfortable win on their only game of the week 3-0 over Millikin. Two regular season games to play.

No. 3 (No. 11 nationally) Chicago (10-1-2 / 3-0-1)

The Maroons had one nonconference game and won 1-0 with a 6th minute goal and a 19-5 shot advantage. It also appears the Illinois Tech bench received a red card at half time. Three regular season games to go with Friday, November 1 hosting Case Western and Sunday, November 3 hosting Carnegie Mellon.

No. 4 (RV nationally) Illinois Wesleyan (10-5-0 / 5-1-0)

The Titans won two games on the week to put themselves solidly in the second seed in the CCIW with two games to play.

No. 5 Adrian (13-4-2 / 6-1)

The Bulldogs have one game to go in the regular season and have clinched the top seed in the MIAA tournament.

No. 6 Webster (11-4-1 / 5-1-1)

The Gorlocks are ranked, but have to face the top team in the SLIAC, Greenville, on November 2 to try and take the top seed based on head-to-head. Excitement as it goes down to the wire.

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Midwest News & Round Up

 

Midwest News & Roundup provides coverage of Division III women's soccer throughout the states bordering on the Great Lakes. All the NCAA Great Lakes region is included as well as Michagan, Illinois and Wisconsin all with at least a few teams from the Central and North regions. The "Midwest" contains eleven conferences and Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Chicago from the UAA. The MIAA, WIAC, CCIW, OAC and the NCAC are some of the top conferences in this geography. Each week the more significant results of the previous week are discussed, along with impressions and analysis, followed by the selection of a game to keep an eye on in the week ahead.

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BJ Pheasant

 

Contributor turned Columnist BJ Pheasant has significant D3 experience with women's soccer throughout the midwest as a coach for the past nine years. With experience ranging from successful rebuilding projects to nationally ranked teams with a post season pedigree he is excited to spotlight happenings in the Great Lakes region on a weekly basis to help players, parents and fans of D3 soccer be knowledgeable about the sport and competition. [see full bio]

 

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