WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored his eighth goal of the season Sunday afternoon, leading men's soccer to a 1-0 overtime win at Otterbein (Ohio).
The Panthers (3-5-0), who were in their second straight overtime contest and third of the season, put to bed any extra time nightmares with the magnificent score by Korfhagen. The senior received the ball on HC's defensive half of the field and proceeded to dribble through the defense from more than 50 yards out before drilling a low shot past the Otterbein (3-3-0) goalkeeper in the 92nd minute.
Korfhagen's eight goals currently leads the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The senior's 16 points also sits atop the HCAC statistical leaderboard.
The Panthers were rewarded with the goal, as they finished with more total shots, 15-11, and quality looks, holding an 8-1 edge on goal. Sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) led the team with six shots, including four on net. Korfhagen and sophomore Brad Simpson (Allen, Texas) each added two shots on goal as well.
Earning the first start of his career was sophomore goalie Aaron Stocksdale (Louisville, Ky.). Stocksdale, who was making just his fourth overall cap for the Blue and Red, notched his first career clean sheet Sunday.
Hanover looked for a goal early, as Hughes had a trio of shot attempts all come on goal in the first 10:34 of play. The Cardinals' keeper though, turned away all three tries. Korfhagen gave HC another attempt on net in the 32nd minute, but again, Otterbein was able to keep the match scoreless. Stocksdale made a save on Otterbein's lone shot on goal in the 39th minute, sending the game into a 0-0 stalemate at the half.
The Panthers had three more quality looks in the second half, two from Simpson and one from Hughes, but after 90 minutes the contest was still deadlocked at 0-0. Hanover held an 8-4 edge in total shots during the second half.
After the Cardinals applied pressure early in the extra period, the Panthers were able to clear from their defensive end, as a pass was sent from the right corner to Korfhagen's foot near midfield. The senior then did the rest, scoring the fifth game-winner of his Hanover career and third this fall, which is the highest mark for any HCAC player in 2018.
The Panthers have now concluded non-league play this season and will enter the nine-game HCAC slate next weekend. Hanover opens conference action at home against Manchester at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.
Contact: Tyler Jester