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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1170 on: September 11, 2019, 12:08:46 am »
North Park (3-1) cruised to an easy 4-1 win over Aurora. The Vikings scored all four of their goals in the first 33 minutes of the contest, and then went on cruise control the rest of the way. Kris Grahn used his bench liberally, which was as much a recognition of the fact that the Vikings are somewhat banged up and were playing their third contest in four days as it was a matter of the scoreboard. In the second half the Vikings were much more concerned with simply playing keepaway at midfield than they were with pushing at the box; although they did put seven shots on frame in the latter stanza they could've definitely had more, since on a number of occasions a Viking leading a counter with the ball on the wing simply pulled back. Aurora broke the shutout with four minutes remaining by putting one past NPU's third-string keeper.

CCIW Offensive Player of the Week Peder Olsen had a pair of assists, moving him into third place on the NPU career assists leaderboard and into seventh place for career points. That's not bad for a guy who's only played in 47 matches thus far.

Wheaton (3-2) spotted Iowa Wesleyan an early goal before the hosts remembered that they are Wheaton and the other guys are Iowa Wesleyan and went about dispatching the Tigers, 4-1. CCIW Defensive Player of the Week GK Alex Ruckstaetter of Illinois Wesleyan (2-3) had a rough day at the office, though, as two of Wash U's four shots on goal got past him and the visiting Bears left Bloomington with a 2-1 victory over the Titans.

The first d3soccer.com poll came out today. North Park is #22, and, again, nobody else from the league got so much as a single point in the poll. That doesn't surprise me, as the CCIW is now an embarrassing 18-18-2 as a whole. This circuit needs to get on the stick and start playing better soccer.

There are two matches tomorrow, both very winnable, as Elmhurst entertains Concordia (IL) and Millikin travels to Fontbonne.
 
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1171 on: September 11, 2019, 09:50:48 am »
Greg - any word on either Khoury or Holgersson's return?
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1172 on: September 11, 2019, 11:10:42 am »
No word on Khoury yet. I'm hearing another week or two on Holgersson.

Stulen didn't dress last night, either, but I think that it was simply a matter of giving him a mental rest as well as a chance to avoid working his chronically sore shoulder.

i look down out of the press box and see Khoury, Holgersson, Lundeen, and Stulen all sitting there with the other students (the bench is too crowded for injured players), and I think to myself, "That's a ridiculous amount of talent that's just sitting there watching from the stands."
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1173 on: September 11, 2019, 04:09:00 pm »
The first d3soccer.com poll came out today. North Park is #22, and, again, nobody else from the league got so much as a single point in the poll. That doesn't surprise me, as the CCIW is now an embarrassing 18-18-2 as a whole. This circuit needs to get on the stick and start playing better soccer.

I'm a little surprised that Wheaton (Ill.) didn't get a single vote given how many top teams did pick up ties and losses in the opening week and a half of the season.  Both Wheaton losses were away to ranked teams, one in overtime to Kenyon in a fairly evenly played game. Montclair State had two losses, also both on the road against ranked teams (one away, one neutral), but they get ranked #20.  It's the inertia of previous rankings and/or expectations.  Montclair was #4 and #6 in the D3soccer.com and USC preseason rankings, so with that as a starting point, they managed to stay ranked even though there were certainly several undefeated or 1-loss teams that didn't get ranked for whom a case to be ranked ahead of Montclair St. could have been made.  Wheaton came into the season largely off the Top 25 radar, and two losses isn't a way to get people's attention again.  Rochester is interesting as they were in the preseason rankings, also picked up two losses to ranked teams, but unlike Montclair State were not ranked in the first poll.  Is that because the D3soccer.com preseason ranking had them near the bottom, while Montclair was near the top?  What if Rochester had been in the preseason Top 10, would they have remained ranked despite the two losses?

When so many top teams pick up early losses (seems like there was more than usual this year) and there are so many somewhat contradictory results on a teams short early-season resume, ranking teams is a very difficult.  Unfortunately, however imperfect the initial rankings are, they do significantly impact/influence the rankings for much of the rest of the season.  To continue the above example, Montclair State will be punished less for losses than Wheaton, and rewarded more for wins than Wheaton in the coming weeks.  Not fair, but it's how it seems to work.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1174 on: September 11, 2019, 08:35:17 pm »
The lingering influence of a preseason poll, which ideally ought not to have any effect upon a poll that's based upon actual results, is why I try not to take rankings seriously until at least a month deep into a season. By that time, if the pollsters are doing their job correctly, there should be enough results in the database to burn out that lingering influence.

I note the rankings of the initial USC and d3soccer.com polls, because they're news and they're interesting, but it doesn't mean that I necessarily agree with either of them.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1175 on: September 11, 2019, 11:19:50 pm »
Millikin 3, @ Fontbonne 0
@ Elmhurst 4, Concordia (IL) 0

EC is now 3-2-1, and MU improves to 3-1.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1176 on: September 13, 2019, 11:47:13 pm »
The CCIW is picking up the pace, as all three of the league's representatives that were in action tonight got easy wins. Carroll (3-2) stomped Martin Luther to the tune of 5-1 in Waukesha. I watched large chunks of the other two matches, as Carthage (2-3) whomped St. Olaf in the afternoon up in Minnesota, 5-1, and Wheaton (4-2) marked an easy 4-0 victory over Albion in the western suburbs.

The Red Men looked like they've finally got their mojo back, as they were easily too much to handle for an Oles squad that didn't by any stretch of the imagination resemble a team that came into the game with a 3-0 record. And while Albion is nobody's idea of good competition, either, Wheaton did what it had to do and never let the Britons get more than a couple of good chances against Hasten Biddlecome. Wheaton has a nice freshman class, which leads me to think that WC's fortunes may soon be on the upswing.
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« Reply #1177 on: September 14, 2019, 09:22:47 pm »
One step forward, one step back seems to be the formula for the CCIW in the non-conference portion of the slate. Today three of the four CCIW squads who were playing took losses, although a couple of them were hard-fought road losses against good teams.

The bright side is that Augie (1-2-1) finally broke through in the QC and picked up a win, albeit at the expense of a hapless Beloit team that hasn't beaten anybody besides Maranatha Baptist in seven tries. The close-but-no-cigar awards go to North Central (3-3), which was shut out over on the other side of the lake by Kalamazoo in a very competitive match, and Millikin (3-2), which got a scoreless-tie-breaking goal in the 74th minute at undefeated Rose-Hulman, only to give up two a few minutes later and drop the 2-1 decision.

The shocker was Illinois Wesleyan (2-4), which statistically dominated host Greenville but nevertheless fell to the Panthers, 2-1, for their third straight loss.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1178 on: September 15, 2019, 06:07:15 pm »
The four CCIW teams effected a split today, but the league definitely got the worst of it. Elmhurst improved to 4-2-1 with a 4-0 triumph at Illinois College, and Carroll suffocated Concordia (IL), 5-0, in Waukesha and in so doing the Pios upped their mark to 4-2. Neither of those wins will impress anybody, though, while in the meantime the two CCIW powers that were playing marquee matchups fell short. North Park (3-2) dropped a 3-1 decision at home to Rowan, and Carthage (2-4) was dumped in St. Paul by Macalester by a score of 2-0.

That puts the league at 26-23-2 (.529), with nary a signature win to be found among the nine CCIW teams.
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