Men's soccer suffers overtime setback to Spalding

Josh Hughes

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team suffered its first home loss of the season Tuesday evening, falling in overtime to Spalding (Ky.), 1-0.

Despite a 29-6 edge in total shots, the Panthers (2-5-0) were held scoreless for the second consecutive match. Spalding has now won three straight matches, improving to 7-1-0 this fall. The Golden Eagles also snapped HC's three-match winning streak in the overall series.

Hanover tallied just six shots on goal over the nearly 97 minutes of play, with sophomores Josh Hughes (Lafayette, Ind.) and Ian Waldrop (Louisville, Ky.) recording two apiece. Senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Fellipe Bustao (Sao Paulo, Brazil) added the other Hanover shots on goal, as the two combined for 13 total tries in the match.

The two sides traded shots early on racing up and down the field and it was not until after the 20th minute that HC was able to secure most of the possession, leading to an 11-3 shot advantage at the intermission. Spalding's net minder though, turned away all three tries on goal. Sophomore Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) made a save on the Golden Eagles' lone attempt on net as well.

Hanover opened the second half looking for its first goal, as the team recorded four shots over the first eight minutes of play. Only one attempt would come on goal though, with the others being high or blocked.

After there was only one caution in the first half, a Spalding yellow card, there were nine additional bookings after the 65th minute. The two sides combined for 40 total fouls and after a Spalding player was booked for two yellows in a span of one minute, the Panthers were left with a man-advantage over the final 15 minutes of regulation, plus the overtime period.

Unfortunately, HC was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and Spalding was awarded a penalty kick during the overtime session, at 96:33. Bedel appeared to make an initial stop on the penalty kick but the ball left his grasp and crossed the goal line.

The Panthers, who have now dropped two matches in overtime this fall, will look to bounce back when they travel to face Otterbein (Ohio) at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23.

Contact: Tyler Jester