Photo by David Mable/Des Moines Menace
Here’s the Central Conference’s Top 6:
1. Michigan Bucks (Previous: 1)
Last Week: W 1-0 vs. Dayton Dutch Lions
After recording their first loss of the regular season on the road against Dayton on June 3, the Bucks returned home and topped the same opposition, 1-0. Eric McWoods scored the game-winner in the 89th minute at the Ultimate Soccer Arena.
2. Des Moines Menace (Previous: 3)
Last Week: W 2-0 at Thunder Bay Chill, W 2-1 at Thunder Bay Chill
On the road and facing off against their rivals, the Menace defeated the Chill, 2-0, on Friday before winning, 2-1, on Saturday at Fort William Stadium. Leigh Veidman scored in both wins, while Nick Jones and Thomas Barlow also added goals of their own.
3. K-W United FC (Previous: 2)
Last Week: W 4-3 vs. Derby City Rovers
K-W United extended its win streak to four games on Friday, but the back line did not perform as well as it typically has this regular season. For a second time this campaign, K-W United conceded three goals, but fortunately for Canadian side, the offense was firing on all cylinders. Sven Konig scored a hat trick to lead his side to victory, while Ken Krolicki scored the opener and assisted Konig’s first goal.
4. Chicago Fire U-23 (Previous: 3)
Last Week: W 3-2 vs. Kokomo Mantis FC, W 2-0 at WSA Winnipeg, L 1-0 at WSA Winnipeg
The Fire U-23 had a busy week, and nearly walked away with three wins in three games during Week 6. After defeating a tough Mantis FC side, 3-2, at Toyota Park on Tuesday, the Fire won once and lost once on the road against WSA Winnipeg. The Fire U-23 still sit atop the Heartland Division standings with 15 points after seven games.
5. Derby City Rovers (Previous: 6)
Last Week: T 1-1 at TFC Academy, T 1-1 at TFC Academy, L 4-3 at K-W United FC
The Rovers were unable to secure a win during Week 6, but they turned in admirable performances in all three of their contests. After securing two points in back-to-back 1-1 ties against TFC Academy, the Rovers gave reigning PDL Champion K-W United everything it had in a 4-3 defeat. Despite the results, the Rovers remain in third in the Great Lakes Division with eight points.
6. Dayton Dutch Lions (Previous: NR)
Last Week: W 5-1 at Cincinnati Dutch Lions, L 1-0 at Michigan Bucks
Dayton leaps Mantis FC in this week’s edition of the Central Conference Power Rankings after a dominant 5-1 win against Cincinnati Dutch Lions, and a strong showing in a 1-0 defeat to the top-ranked Bucks. Anwaur Tuithof, who scored two goals and provided one assist against Cincinnati, has been instrumental for Dayton thus far.