#SummitMSOC Weekly Notebook: Vol. 10

Ed Gordon and his Omaha teammates have a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the league standings with a win over Oral Roberts Saturday.
Ed Gordon and his Omaha teammates have a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the league standings with a win over Oral Roberts Saturday.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK (PDF w/ stats)

Sioux Falls, S.D. -- Late October and early November Summit League men's soccer matches usually carry a little extra meaning to them and that adage holds true once again in 2019 as sole possession of first place in the standings is up for grabs Saturday in Omaha as Oral Roberts pays a visit to Canaglia Field to take on the Mavericks. The 24th-ranked Golden Eagles enter the week tied atop the standings with Western Illinois with nine points while the Mavericks are two points off that pace. The Leathernecks have the week off from league play but will be interested observers of the match in Omaha.

WEEKLY NOTEBOOK
• Two weeks remain in The Summit League regular season, but only one spot in the four-team field at the 2019 #SummitMSOC Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare remains to be filled.
• Oral Roberts had its spot secured entering the week while Omaha and Western Illinois became the latest to join the field. 
• All four seeds are still to be determined and Oral Roberts travels to Omaha Saturday with the winner of that match taking over sole possession of first place in the standings. The match closes out the regular season for the Mavericks, while the Golden Eagles finish up next Saturday at Western Illinois (Nov. 9).
• The Leathernecks, who missed out on the postseason event a year ago for the first time since 2010, took one of the spots thanks to 2-1 victory over Eastern Illinois last Saturday. 
• WIU has gotten a goal from junior Ryan DeBois in five of the last seven matches and that surge has put him third among league goal scorers.
• Western Illinois improved its unbeaten streak to five-straight matches after earning its first tie of the season vs. IUPUI on Tuesday. The Leathernecks and Jaguars played to a 2-2 draw.
• After receiving votes in the previous six United Soccer Coaches' polls, Oral Roberts moved in this week, holding down the No. 24 spot. It marks the first time the Golden Eagles have been ranked since 2005. ORU was also ranked in The College Soccer News Top 30 poll this week, claiming the final spot in that one.
• The Golden Eagles boosted their resume with a pair of non-conference wins on the road last week, defeating Northern Kentucky 5-2 and Central Arkansas 3-1.
• Junior Tanguy Guerineau was named the Offensive Player of the Week after combing for six points (2G, 2A) in those victories. His two assists brought his season total to 10 in that category, which shared the Division I lead entering the week.
• The Golden Eagles rank among the nation's best in scoring offense (t6th; 2.64 gpg), assists per game (4th; 2.71 apg) and points per game (5th; 8.00 ppg).
• Oral Roberts travels to Omaha Saturday with a chance to clinch at least a share of the regular-season title on the line.
• The Mavericks are coming off a 2-0 setback to rival Denver that left them with seven points in the league standings at 2-1-1. 
• The loss, however, still put Omaha in the championship field as the Mavericks are out of reach of Eastern Illinois, who ended the week with two points in league play and only one match remaining. 
• The Panthers sit at 0-2-2 and their league plays ends with a road match at Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday.
• EIU needs a win over the Mastodons to keep their hopes alive for the final spot in the 2019 Championship. A Mastodon victory would give Denver the final spot and a chance to defend its 2018 title on the Pioneers' home field Nov. 14 and 16.
• The Pios' victory over Omaha snapped a three-match winless streak to open league play and put them in control of their own destiny to earn a postseason spot with a win next Saturday at Purdue Fort Wayne. 
• Midfielder Jacob Stennson opened the scoring in the 2-0 victory by knocking in a rebound off his own penalty kick.  The Pios' captain earned Defensive Player of the Week honors as well for his playing in limiting two opponents last week to just six shots.