Panthers gear up for contests against Spalding, Otterbein this week

Chris Pitre

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover men's soccer team will look to sweep its slate this week as they prepare for a pair of matchups.

The Blue and Red will host Spalding (Ky.) at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, before traveling to face Otterbein (Ohio) at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23.

KORF LIGHTING UP STAT SHEETS: Senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been a scoring machine, as he has registered seven goals in six games for the Panthers this season. Among them includes his first-career hat trick this past weekend as he led Hanover to a 4-0 win against Wilmington. Korfhagen has tied his season totals for goals and game-winners from last season, having seven scores and two match-enders on the year.

Tanner's terrific start has gained national attention, as his goals per game average ranked 10th in NCAA Division III, as of Sept. 13, with his shot percentage at 28th as well. Among his Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference peers, Korfhagen leads in goals and points, while his .538 shot percentage ranks more than 30 percent higher than those directly behind him on the goals scored leaderboard.

CHIPPING IN: Sophomore Chris Pitre (Belle Chasse, La.) had himself a nice week, totaling one goal and one assist to help secure the victory over the Wilmington Quakers. His game this past Wednesday already ties his totals from both categories last season, and he'll look to build on them throughout the year. Freshman Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.) captured his first career assist last week on Pitre's goal.

SCOUTING SPALDING: The Spalding Golden Eagles currently boast a 6-1-0 overall record that includes a 4-1 triumph over the Earlham Quakers this past Saturday. Spalding is currently averaging three goals per game, having one lone contest of seven where they have registered less than two scores.

The Blue and Red currently hold a three-game win streak over the Eagles, including a 7-1 record since the 2010 campaign. Five of the last eight meetings have ended in a one-score difference and three others have concluded with three-plus scores as the margin of victory.

SCOUTING OTTERBEIN: The Otterbein Cardinals sit at 3-1-0 on their campaign with an upcoming matchup against Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19. As of the last NCAA Division III coaches poll, Otterbein was receiving votes for the national rankings. The Panthers are looking for vengeance against the Cardinals, as they suffered a 2-1 loss last season that saw Korfhagen hit the back of the net for the first time as a member of the Blue and Red.

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