HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team fell behind 2-0 to visiting Otterbein and was unable to come all the way back in a 2-1 loss Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops the Panthers to 1-2-0 on the season, while the Cardinals improved to 2-1-0 after three matches.
Just over midway through the first half, Otterbein's Pau Piang netted his first goal of the season, an unassisted score, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Otterbein out-shot Hanover 7-4 in the first half, but the score would remain 1-0 until the 45:51 mark in the second half when Zach Lewis found the back of the net for his first goal of the year to make it 2-0. Piang had the assist.
The lead was cut in half just 3:02 later as freshman Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the first goal of his career on a penalty kick, but it would not be enough.
Otterbein finished with a 16-8 advantage in total shots and also had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) and sophomore Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) combined in goal for Hanover. Bedel allowed one goal and made seven saves in 78:55 minutes of action, but had to leave the match due to an injury.
The Panthers return to action Sunday, Sept. 10 to host Wabash. Start time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Hanover, Ind.
Contact: Mike Pritchard