Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's soccer team will travel to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to compete in the Fred Myers-Adidas challenge.
The Panthers will square off against Capital (Ohio) at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, before facing Ohio Wesleyan at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8.
The Blue and Red have split their first pair of matchups in 2018, falling 1-0, in overtime, during the opener versus DePauw. Hanover then rebounded for a 2-1 win against Thomas More (Ky.). In the victory, senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) registered two goals, with sophomore Ian Waldrop (Louisville, Ky.) dishing out a pair of assists.
Goalkeeping has been solid to start the year as it was throughout last season, with sophomore Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) making 12 saves, including 8 stops in their victory over the Saints. Bedel has a goal against average of 0.91, which is among the conference leaders.
Hanover's first weekend opponent, the Capital Crusaders, began their season with a 1-0-0 win over Wabash (Ind.). The overall series with the Crusaders lacks history, as the Panthers and Crusaders have met just once since 2004. Capital took the lone meeting in 2009, at Hanover, 3-0.
The Blue and Red's second foe of the weekend, the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan, sports a 1-0-0 mark on their season with a match against Waynesburg (Pa.) Friday preceding their meeting with Hanover. These two units have met four times since 2013, with the last meeting coming in 2016, a 1-0 OWU victory at home. The Panthers are still searching for their first win in the all-time series with OWU, but three of the four losses have come by one goal, including two in overtime.
Contact: Tyler Jester