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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1200 on: October 09, 2019, 10:52:16 pm »
Well, the Vikings gacked one in Kenosha tonight, ending up on the wrong end of a 3-2 score. I only saw the tail end of the first half and the entire second half, and it looked to me that Carthage played with more urgency and was much more aggressive on the ball than NPU was. The Red Men were particularly good at working the right flank, as they victimized the Vikings there twice in the second half, once forcing a corner that they generated into a goal and once via a run-of-play goal in the 83rd minute that proved to be the game-winner. Other than the two stretches in which the Vikings patiently set up the ball in the forward end and methodically threaded passes until they got the open shot they were looking for that found the back of the net, I thought that Carthage outworked NPU. You'd never know from watching them tonight that the Red Men were a .500 team, but they get up for NPU every time and the Vikings just never seem to match their passion. Now the Vikings have to find that same sense of urgency over the final six matches, because they've run out of slack on the rope.

One consolation was the return to action of Niclas Holgersson after missing a month to a pulled hamstring. His goal in the 49th minute off of an Olsen assist was a thing of beauty.

The other consolation is that North Central lost tonight at home, as Logan Servin struck a goldie in the 99th minute to give Illinois Wesleyan the 1-0 overtime win at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

The other contest tonight was an easy 3-0 victory for Carroll over St. Mary's up in Winona, MN.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1201 on: October 13, 2019, 12:45:12 am »
North Park got the bad taste of Wednesday's loss out of its mouth, as the Vikings cruised past Illinois Wesleyan at Hedstrand Field, 4-0. Peder Olsen collected his second hat trick of the season and is now all alone in second place in the nation in goals with 16, two behind Max Busch of Bethany Lutheran, He's also second in points with 36, again trailing Busch by two. NPU improves to 9-4, 3-1, while IWU falls to 5-7, 1-2.

Elmhurst fell from first place to third tonight, as the Bluejays gave up a goal midway through overtime to Bradyn Nokes and fell at home to Millikin, 2-1. Elmhurst is now 8-5-1, 2-1, while the Big Blue move up to 5-5-1, 1-2.

North Central kept pace with NPU with a 3-1 victory at home over Carroll. The Cardinals are now 8-4-1, 3-1 on the year, while the Pios drop to 7-5, 0-3.

Finally, Wheaton and Augustana played to a scoreless draw at Thorson-Lucken Field this evening. Regardless of the fact that the game was at Augie, Wheaton has to be kicking itself tonight; Augie's typically considered to be easy pickin' in this league, so not getting the win must feel like a lost opportunity for DeClute's boys to keep pace in the standings. Augie is still at the break-even mark in league play -- probably for as late as it's ever been in the Mick Regan era -- and is now 3-4-1, 1-1-1. Wheaton is now 7-4-2, 1-2-1.

Last night, Carthage coughed up all of the momentum it picked up from Wednesday's upset win by dropping a home match to UW-Platteville, 1-0. I watched the second half, and the Red Men definitely reverted to looking pretty ordinary. Carthage stands at 7-7 on the season.
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Re: CCIW
« Reply #1203 on: Today at 12:41:57 am »
Peder Olsen banged home a diagonal feed from Ulrik Lund after Elmhurst GH Donnie Kvien had failed to secure the ball subsequent to stopping a Shatil Khoury shot, allowing NPU to beat the 'jays just 40 seconds into overtime, 1-0, in Elmhurst. NPU dominated the match, outshooting the 'jays 17 (7) to 4 (1), but towards the end of regulation the Vikings looked frustrated and sloppy while Elmhurst was clearly energized to be in an anything-can-happen situation that could lead to a possible upset -- yet the 'jays never really got a good look at the net at all, as NPU played airtight defense. The goal makes Olsen D3's total points leader with 39, and brings him within a goal of national leader Max Busch of Bethany Lutheran, who has 18 to Olsen's 17.

North Park is now 10-4 on the season. This clinches 20 consecutive winning seasons and 17 consecutive double-digit-win seasons for NPU, both by far the longest current streaks in the CCIW in those categories. The Vikings are 4-1 in CCIW play, staying in a tie for first with North Central. Elmhurst drops to 8-6-1, 2-2.

North Central kept pace with the Vikings with a 2-1 win at Carthage via a brace of Spencer Wiese strikes. NCC is now 9-4-1, 4-1, while Carthage falls to 7-8, 2-2.

Wheaton prevailed over Carroll at Schneider Stadium this evening, 3-1, behind a pair of Silas Galvao tallies. Wheaton is now 8-4-2, 2-2-1 and part of that massive logjam in the middle of the standings, while the Pios drop to 7-6, 0-4.

Finally, Illinois Wesleyan blitzed visiting Augustana at Neis Field tonight, 4-1, as Patrick Hickey scored two goals. IWU is now 6-7, 2-2 and joins Carthage, Elmhurst, and Wheaton in that tightly-packed bunch in the middle, while Augie is now 3-5-2, 1-2-1.
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