Hughes named HCAC offensive player of the week

Josh Hughes

INDIANAPOLIS – For the third time in four weeks, the Hanover men's soccer team was given the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the week award.

After senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) received the award in back-to-back weeks (Sept. 18 and 25), sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) is garnering the honor this week. Hughes totaled five offensive points, including two goals and one assist, as Hanover defeated Franklin and Earlham. For the week, the sophomore recorded 19 total shots, including nine on goal.

In the weekly opener at home against Franklin, Hughes did his damage early, helping lead to a 2-0 Panther advantage 20 minutes into play. The sophomore assisted on the game's first goal before adding his own score less than two minutes later. Hanover would go on to win by a count of 3-1.

In his encore performance at Earlham Saturday, Hughes tallied the opening score in the 12th minute. Again, HC would take advantage of the early lead en route to a 2-0 decision.

With his performance, Hughes is now second on the team in total points, nine, and goals, three. The sophomore leads the team and is top six in the conference in season assists (3) as well. He also has a team-high 46 shots and 21 shots on goal.

Hanover's wins last week improved their current overall win streak to four matches, which includes the team's first three conference outings of the fall. Overall, HC has a 6-5-0 record.

The Panthers will look to stay unbeaten in conference play when they travel to face Rose-Hulman at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Contact: Tyler Jester