NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – In the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams, the Hanover men's soccer team out-lasted Manchester for a 1-0 win in overtime Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers, which bounced back from a 2-1 defeat earlier in the week, improve to 6-3-0 and 1-0-0 in the league, while the Spartans fall to 5-6-0 overall and 0-1-0 in HCAC action.
Manchester held a slight 6-4 edge in shots in a scoreless first half, and had five more shots (11-6) than Hanover in the second half, yet neither team was able to score.
Both teams struggled to find any offense in the overtime period as the two defenses combined to prevent either team from getting a shot off until there was only 1:36 left to play in the first extra period.
Senior Michael Dumaine (California, Ky.), off a corner kick, found the back of the net for the game-winner, his second goal of the season, and a Panther victory. Fellow senior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) had the assist, his second of the fall.
The Spartans out-shot Hanover 17-11, but the Panthers had four more corner kicks (7-3), including the final one that led to the only goal of the day.
Freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) bounced back nicely to record his third solo shutout of his freshman season. Bedel stopped all four shots he faced.
Up next for Hanover is another HCAC contest. The Panthers will play Franklin Wednesday, Oct. 4. The match will begin at 7 p.m. in Franklin, Ind.
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