GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team opened the 2018 campaign Friday evening at DePauw, falling in overtime, 1-0.
With both sides opening the new year Friday, neither team wanted to leave the field after 90 minutes, as the match was deadlock at 0-0 after regulation. As the clock was winding down with under two minutes remaining in the first overtime, the Tigers (1-0-0) were able to find the back of the net on a long-range shot.
In his Hanover debut, sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) led the Panthers (0-1-0) in shots, three, and shots on goal, two. Overall, HC was outshot 8-7 in the match, including 7-2 over the second half and overtime periods.
Sophomore Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) made two of his four saves in the extra period but was unable to reach the DePauw attempt with 1:37 showing on the clock. Bedel had made both overtime stops in a 16-second span a little less than two minutes prior to the only score of the match.
Hanover opened the match aggressive offensively, rattling off three shots, two on goal, in the first 10 minutes of play. Hughes and freshman Fernando Martin (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) had the quality looks early but their attempts were saved in the fifth and ninth minutes respectively.
Freshman Daniel Rochell Olano (Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico) nearly gave HC a first half advantage as well, as his shot from outside the box went just right of the goal. The Panthers finished the first 45-minute session with a 5-1 edge in shots.
Hanover will look to bounce back from the season-opening loss when they welcome Thomas More (Ky.) for their home opener Sunday, Sept. 2. The Panthers and Saints are slated for a 1 p.m. start and the match will be the inaugural broadcast on the newly-minted Hanover Sports Network.
Contact: Tyler Jester