Late first half run ignites men's soccer to 4-1 win at Bluffton

Myles Joseph gains possession of ball

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Behind three first half goals, the Hanover men's soccer team cruised to a 4-1 victory at Bluffton (Ohio) Saturday afternoon.

After a scoreless 30 minutes to start the match, Hanover posted three goals over the final 15 minutes of the first half to take a 3-0 edge into the intermission.

Sophomore Chris Roe (Louisville, Ky.) was first to light up the scoreboard, tallying his first goal of the season at 30:00.

In the 42nd and 44th minutes, junior Hunter Guthrie (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) gave the Panthers (9-4-0, 4-1-0 HCAC) the three-goal advantage. Yostsui also assisted on the match's first goal, giving him a team high three points in the contest.

Freshman Chuck Moore (Louisville, Ky.) recorded the assist on Yostsui's goal, giving him his first helper of his collegiate career.

Both teams scored in the opening five minutes of the second stanza, as senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored his seventh goal of the season, giving HC a 4-1 advantage.

Neither side was able to find the back of the net over the final 40 minutes, as the Panther defense held the Beavers (1-12-0, 1-4-0 HCAC) to just two shot attempts from the 50th minute on.

Hanover enjoyed a 17-5 edge in total shots, while also holding a 9-3 edge in shots on goal. Yostsui and senior Will Bridgeman (Columbus, Ind.) each logged three shots to lead the team. Overall, 10 different Panthers recorded a shot attempt, as five players posted multiple tries.

Freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) earned his ninth win of the season in goal, as he made two saves in three Bluffton shots on goal.

Hanover, who has now won four of its last five overall, will next be on the pitch for a 3:30 p.m. contest at Earlham, Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Contact: Tyler Jester