HANOVER, Ind. – After opening up our annual season preview series with the midfielders last week, we now turn our attention to the returning Hanover men's soccer forwards.
The Panthers are coming off their third consecutive double-digit win season, posting a 12-4-2 overall record in 2017, including a 7-1-1 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Hanover's record over the past three seasons, 40-15-5, is good enough for a .708 winning percentage.
The forward position has been an area of strength over the past few years for the Panthers, but the squad will head into 2018 without Enrico Franchini and Dominic Isadore, 2016 and 2017 graduates, who combined for 50 goals over the past four seasons. Luckily for Hanover, Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) returns for his second campaign with the Blue and Red. As a junior transfer in 2017, Korfhagen, who played in the midfield and up front, tallied seven goals and one assist for 15 total points. His goal total was top five in the conference, while his 0.50 goals per game average ranked third in the league and is the highest mark of any returning HCAC player this fall.
A duo of forwards will also look to improve upon their offensive totals from last season. Senior Dean Mock (Louisville, Ky) and sophomore Brad Simpson (Allen, Texas) posted two goals apiece in 2017. A talented group of newcomers will also look to challenge for playing time and add valuable minutes at the forward position, highlighted by sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.), who is joining the program after a season at Campbell (N.C.).
As a team, Hanover was the best scoring offense in the conference, averaging 2.33 goals per game, which was also among the top 60 nationally. The 104 total team points was second in the conference, only six behind 2017 HCAC champion, Transylvania.
Hanover is slated to open regular season play Friday, Aug. 31. The Panthers will start the new campaign on the road as they take on in-state rival DePauw.
Contact: Tyler Jester