Road contests at Wilmington and Manchester set for men’s soccer this week

Team huddle

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team will conclude its non-conference schedule Tuesday against Wilmington (Ohio), and then begin its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season Saturday at Manchester.

The Panthers, currently 5-2-0 overall, are riding a four-match winning streak after winning their only contest last week, a 4-0 road victory over Spalding Sunday.

Junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice and had an assist to give him a team-best 12 points on the season. Through seven matches, the first-year transfer ranks among the top five in the HCAC in points and goals (5).

Another first-year player, freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) is off to a strong start in his collegiate career. In six starts, Bedel has allowed only four goals (0.67 GaAvg.), made 20 saves, and has recorded two complete-game shutouts, while also playing half of the team's third.

Hanover's week will begin Tuesday, Sept. 27 on the road against Wilmington. The Quakers, 5-3-1 overall, will enter the contest on a five-match unbeaten streak, including wins in their last four games.

Three different players have recorded double-digit point totals for Wilmington. Junior Niklas Martensson leads the team with 13 points and six goals. Sophomore Roman Kirschner has 12 points on four goals and four assists, and freshman Wille Winald has tallied 11 points and is second on the team with five goals.

Senior Chris Bourque has started all nine matches in goal for the Quakers. He has made 42 saves, allowed 13 goals, and recorded one shutout.

The Panthers and Wilmington have played two common opponents. Hanover defeated Thomas More (Ky.) 3-1 and Wittenberg (Ohio) 1-0, while the Quakers lost 2-1 to Thomas More and blanked Wittenberg 4-0. Wilmington's last match was a 3-2 win over HCAC foe Earlham in Richmond, Ind.

Hanover scored a pair of second half goals in last year's match to pull away for a 3-0 win in Hanover.

The Panthers will then return to action Saturday, Sept. 30 when they travel to North Manchester, Ind. to play Manchester in the HCAC-opener for both schools.

The Spartans, 4-4-0 overall, ended a three-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over DePauw Sunday to improve to 3-1-0 at home.

Only five players have recorded a point, and only four have scored a goal for Manchester this year. Freshman Josh Gonzalez leads the team with seven points and three goals. Junior Ben Niederhelman is tied for second with one goal, and leads the team with two assists for four points.

Senior Brady Forman has been the team's primary goalkeeper. Forman has stopped 44 shots, allowed 11 goals and posted a pair of shutouts.

Along with DePauw, which Hanover fell 2-0 to in the season-opener, the Spartans have also played Wittenberg and defeated the Tigers 3-1.

Over the last five meeting between the Panthers and Manchester, Hanover has won three times, including the last two by a combined score of 7-1. The Blue and Red defeated the Spartans 4-1 last year in Hanover.

Tuesday's contest again Wilmington is set for a 7 p.m. start, followed by a 3:30 p.m. kick-off against Manchester Saturday.

Contact: Mike Pritchard