Korfhagen leads men's soccer past Thomas More in home opener

Tanner Korfhagen

HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice as the Hanover men's soccer team defeated Thomas More (Ky.) Sunday afternoon, 2-1.

Despite being outshot 14-6, the Panthers (1-1-0) were able to edge the Saints (1-1-0) on the final scoresheet. Hanover did have five of its six attempts come on goal.

Korfhagen opened the scoring in the 24th minute, as beautiful midfield passing led to sophomore Ian Waldrop (Louisville, Ky.) leading a ball through the defense and into the box. Korfhagen did the rest, putting HC in front 1-0.

Less than three minutes later, Korfhagen dribbled through the Thomas More defense inside the scoring box before beating the keeper in the bottom left corner. Hanover led 2-0 with just under 20 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Saints made it three total first half goals, as they found the back of the net in the 33rd minute. Despite the goal, sophomore Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) made a trio of saves in the first as HC led 2-1 at the intermission.

Bedel continued his stellar play in the second half, making fives stops over the final 45 minutes of play. The sophomore rejected the final four TMC shots, all of which came after the 72nd minute, including an attempt at 87:32.

In a physical match, featuring 22 total fouls, the Saints were carded in all four bookings. Included in the bookings were three yellows and one red, which came after the conclusion of play.

Korfhagen's goals came on his only shot attempts of the match. Sophomores Nicholas Ash (Louisville, Ky.) and Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil), as well as freshman Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) all added shots on goal.

Hanover will now take the week to recover before traveling to Central Ohio for a back-to-back this weekend. The Panthers open Fred Myers-Adidas Challenge play against Capital (Ohio) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

Contact: Tyler Jester