Men's soccer travels to Earlham, hosts Defiance this week

Team huddle

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's soccer team will look to remain among the top teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference when they travel to Earlham Wednesday and host Defiance (Ohio) Saturday.

The Panthers, which will enter the week in a three-way tie for first place in the league with Rose-Hulman and Transylvania, will bring a 9-4 overall record and 4-1 mark in the HCAC into the week after splitting a pair of matches last week.

Hanover dropped a 2-0 decision to Transylvania last Wednesday at home before defeating Bluffton 4-1 on the road Saturday.

Senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) are tied for fourth in the conference in points (15) and third in goals, while freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) ranks fifth in the HCAC in goals-against average at 0.85 per match. 

Earlham enters the week with a 2-10-1 overall record, but a 2-2-1 mark in the HCAC. The Quakers defeated Bluffton (Ohio) 3-1 and Defiance 1-0, and lost 4-0 to Rose-Hulman and 1-0 to Anderson. Their tie (1-1) came against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in Cincinnati.

Seniors Nicholas Dey and Vojislav Tatarevic lead the team with seven points each on three goals and one assist apiece. Dey is currently ranked fourth in the league with 33 shots. 

Seven different players have seen action in goal with junior Nicola Manni seeing the most time with five starts. As a team, Earlham is allowing 2.50 goals per contest, while only scoring 0.85 per match.

Defiance is currently 6-6-2 overall and 2-3 in league play. After winning its first two conference matches, the Yellow Jackets have dropped three straight, 2-1 to Transylvania, 1-0 to Earlham, and 1-0 to Rose-Hulman.

Senior Christian Meister and freshman Liam Hall are tied with a team-best 12 points. Meister has five goals and two assists, while Hall has four goals and four assists. Junior Clay Musgrave has started all 14 matches in goal and is second in the HCAC in saves (83) and fifth in save percentage (.806).

The Panthers have fared well against both teams in recent years. Hanover has won four straight against Earlham, including the last three by a combined score of 8-0. Against Defiance, the Panthers have won five of the last six, including the last three years. 

Last year Hanover defeated the Quakers 2-0 at home and the Yellow Jackets 5-1 on the road.

Wednesday's match is set for a 3:30 p.m. start in Richmond, Ind., and Saturday's contest will also begin at 3:30 p.m. in Hanover, Ind. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard