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Central Conference Power Rankings: Week 6

By AARON CRANFORD -, 06/13/16, 2:00PM EDT


Des Moines Menace rise; Dayton Dutch Lions enter top six

Photo by David Mable/Des Moines Menace

The Central Conference’s top three teams all earned wins during Week 6, but the Des Moines Menace were the most impressive in their matches, defeating rivals Thunder Bay Chill twice in as many days.

While Kokomo Mantis FC falls out of this week’s Central Conference Power Rankings after suffering two losses, the Dayton Dutch Lions enter the fray with two solid performances.

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.

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