Men's soccer looks to keep pace atop HCAC standings against Transylvania and Anderson

Team huddle

Written by Sports Information Student Intern, Cameron Rogers

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team will attempt to remain unbeaten in conference play as they travel to Transylvania and Anderson this week.

The Red and Blue will face the Pioneers at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 and the Ravens at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

WIN STREAK CONTINUES – The Panthers traveled to Rose-Hulman on Thursday in a battle for the top spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Hanover conceded a goal in the first half off a corner kick for the Engineers. The Panthers bounced back in the second half when sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) stole the ball from the center back for the Engineers and drove to goal and beat the keeper at his near post. The remainder of the game was scoreless resulting in overtime. Hanover capitalized 27 seconds into the second overtime when left back Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) played a ball to Hughes who played a give and go with senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) resulting in Hughes getting behind the defense and finding the back of the net.

The Red and Blue hosted Bluffton on Saturday to remain unbeaten in conference. Hanover struck first when Schryver headed in a free kick from sophomore Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil). Fellow freshman Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) scored the first of his two goals when teammate Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.) sliced through the Beaver defense and found Eppler for the left footed finish just before the first half ended. Yostsui dealt out another assist in the 73rd minute when he found the head of junior Brady Gesenhues (Fort Thomas, Ky.) giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Eppler secured his first collegiate brace when Gesenhues floated a ball over the Bluffton defense and found Eppler's head.

STRONG DEFENSE – Hanover has only allowed two goals in their five conference games. The leadership of Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.), Myles Joseph (Lafayette, La.), and Ethan Miller (Breaux Bridge, La.) has led to the Panthers only allowing eight shots in the last two games. Overall, Hanover is now second in the conference for team goal against average, 1.24.

SCOUTING TRANSLYVANIA – The Pioneers are 5-4-3 overall and 3-1-1 in the HCAC coming into the contest with Hanover. Since 2015 the Panthers are 2-2-1 against Transylvania including a 2-0 loss last year and an overtime victory in the 2016 HCAC Tournament semifinals.

SCOUTING ANDERSON – The Ravens are 4-8-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the HCAC. Anderson will be facing Earlham before hosting the Panthers on Saturday. The Red and Blue have won four out of the last five facings against the Ravens including one tie.

Contact: Tyler Jester