TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) tallied his first collegiate brace, which included a game-winner in double-overtime to send the Hanover men's soccer team to a 2-1 triumph at Rose-Hulman Thursday afternoon.
Hughes, who is the reigning Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the week, used his encore performance to tally the game-tying and game-winning goals for the Panthers (7-5, 4-0-0 HCAC). The sophomore has now logged a goal in each of his last four outings, combining for 12 total points over the stretch (five goals, two assists).
Both Hanover and Rose-Hulman (6-5-1, 3-1-0 HCAC) recorded three shot attempts in the first half, but it was the Fightin' Engineers that were able to light up the scoreboard, scoring in the 36th minute.
Sophomore Chirs Pitre (Belle Chasse, La.) had HC's lone first half shot on goal, but it was saved in the 11th minute. His classmate Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) added a first half save to keep the deficit at one goal at the break.
The first shot for either side in the second half came from the foot of Hughes in the 51st minute, an attempt that tied the match at one-all. Both sides had chances to score near the end of regulation and two big saves by Bedel helped send the contest to overtime.
The Panthers' fourth overtime match of the season saw them control play in the first 10-minute period, where they outshot the Fightin' Engineers 3-0. Hughes had the lone try on goal in the 93rd minute, but it was saved and his second attempt and freshman Patrick Rowe's (Terre Haute, Ind.) try did not come inside the framework.
Less the 30 seconds into the second extra period, Hughes received a ball from senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and carried it down the left side before striking a shot past the RHIT net minder. After dropping its opening two overtime matches of the season, Korfhagen and Hughes have improved the team's extra time record to 2-2-0.
Overall, Hanover held a 12-7 edge in shots, which included a 6-4 advantage on goal. Hughes had six attempts in the match, while Rowe and freshman Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) each added two tries to help lead the offensive attack.
Hanover, who has now won five consecutive matches, will look to stay unbeaten in conference play with a home match against Bluffton at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13.
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