Men's soccer suffers shootout loss in HCAC Semifinals

Dominic Isadore battles for possession against two Rose-Hulman defenders.

HANOVER, Ind. – On a wet and chilly Wednesday afternoon at the Panther Athletic Complex, the Hanover men's soccer team dropped a penalty kick decision to Rose-Hulman for the second time in three seasons during the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Trailing 1-0 in the final minute of regulation, freshman Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) sent a corner kick in the attacking box, where it found the head of senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio). Isadore placed his header in the bottom left corner goal, tying the contest at one-all with just 40 seconds left to play.

For the second time in five days, Hanover (12-4-2) and Rose-Hulman (12-4-3) needed more than the regulated 90 minutes to determine a victor. The two sides played to a scoreless draw in double overtime last Saturday, in the regular season finale at Rose-Hulman.

Again, neither the Panthers nor the Engineers were able to score in the additional 10 minute periods, earning each side a 1-1 tie for their overall records. With Wednesday's contest being a part of the HCAC Tournament Semifinals, penalty kicks were necessary to determine the advancing team.

Isadore and Yostsui both made their shootout tries, but the Engineers led 3-2 after their goalkeeper made a save on HC's second attempt. Freshman Nicholas Ash (Louisville, Ky.) made the Blue and Red's fourth penalty kick and classmate Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) forced a miss on the ensuing RHIT try, tying the shootout at three-all. The Engineers however, were able to score after making another stop on HC's final attempt, earning the victory, 4-3.

Bedel finished with five saves in the contest, including one in each of the overtime sessions. In two matches against RHIT this year, Bedel conceded just one goal in 220 minutes of action.

Isadore's goal gave him his team-best 11th of the season, as he also finishes the 2017 campaign with a team high 23 points.

Overall, Hanover enjoyed an 18-14 edge in shot attempts, including a 16-5 advantage over the second half and overtime periods. Isadore, Ash and senior Will Bridgeman (Columbus, Ind.) each recorded three shots to tie for the team lead.

Yostsui and freshman Ian Waldrop (Louisville, Ky.) also posted multiple shots in the 110-minute match, with Yostsui recording two of HC's four attempts on goal.

With the shootout defeat, Hanover has concluded its 2017 season. The Panthers won double-digit matches for the third straight year, posting a combined overall record of 40-15-5 (.708) during the span.



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