TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In its final regular season match of 2017, the Hanover men's soccer team played to a scoreless stalemate, at Rose-Hulman, Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers finished in a draw for the first time in nearly two seasons, with the last tie coming against Rose-Hulman in the HCAC Tournament Championship. The Engineers went on to earn a penalty kick victory against HC in the 2015 scoreless draw.
With the tie, Hanover finishes the regular season 12-4-1 overall and 7-1-1 in HCAC play. Rose-Hulman also finished conference action with a 7-1-1 record, but the Panthers will be the No. 2 seed in next week's HCAC Tournament, based off earning the draw on the road Saturday.
Hanover recorded four of the contest's five shot attempts in the extra sessions. Senior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) hit the post in the first overtime and freshman Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) had his try saved in the second extra period for HC's closest chances at a win.
Overall, Hanover enjoyed a 16-7 advantage in total shots, including a 6-0 edge in the first 45 minutes of play. Senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded a team high four attempts, with two coming on goal. Yostsui and senior Will Bridgeman (Columbus, Ind.) combined for six total shots and four tries on goal.
Freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) played the entire 110 minutes in goal for the Blue and Red, making four saves, all of which came in the second half. Bedel now has six shutouts this season, and has also been a part of all eight clean sheets for the Panther defense.
Hanover, who won its first HCAC Tournament championship last season, will begin defense of the title at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, when they host Rose-Hulman in the HCAC Tournament semifinals. The Panthers and Engineers have met in each of the last two HCAC Championship matches, with both sides earning one victory.
Contact: Tyler Jester