Written by Sports Information Intern, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's soccer team will look to recapture its early-season momentum as they prepare for a pair of matches this week.
The Panthers will host Wilmington (Ohio) at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, before traveling north this weekend to play Wabash (Ind.) at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 16.
WEEKEND RECAP: After a 1-1 start to the season, the Blue and Red dropped a pair of road contests against now nationally-ranked squads in Ohio Wesleyan and Capital. After suffering a loss against Capital last Friday, Hanover fell to Ohio Wesleyan by a score of 2-1. After the Battling Bishops took an early 2-0 second half lead, the Panthers battled back with a score in the 71st minute but were ultimately unable to find the tying score. In a first for the Blue and Red, sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) garnered his first two career Hanover assists over the weekend, one in each contest.
ON THE PROWL: Senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) currently holds a tie atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with four goals on the season. Amongst those with an equivalent score total, Korfhagen owns the best shooting percentage by a margin of 30 percent, shooting at a .571 clip. His shot on goal percentage also ranks among the league's best, including second among those with the same season score mark. The senior has also scored in three consecutive matches entering this week's play.
SCOUTING WILMINGTON: Wilmington comes into this contest at 2-2-0 overall after a 3-1 win over Denison (Ohio). Last year, the Quakers finished 8-9-2, including a 2-1 victory over the Panthers in which the Blue and Red were sunk by an own goal. For that game, however, Hanover outshot Wilmington 15-8, including an 8-4 margin in shots on goal.
SCOUTING WABASH: Wabash comes into today posting a 3-2-0 overall mark, with a matchup Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against Rose-Hulman scheduled before this weekend's meeting. Dating back to 2015, the Panthers hold a two-game winning streak over the Little Giants, encompassing the 2-1 victory from last campaign that went into overtime. Korfhagen sealed the deal in 100th minute.
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