LEXINGTON, Ky. –Despite a decisive advantage in shots, the Hanover men's soccer team conceded an early goal en route to a 1-0 setback at Transylvania Wednesday evening.
The loss snapped a six-match winning streak for the Panthers, who fall to 8-6-0 overall and 5-1-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Hanover is now in a two-way tie with Rose-Hulman for first place in the conference table with 15 points. Transylvania's victory vaults them to third in the HCAC at 4-1-1 and the Pioneers are now 6-4-3 overall.
The first shot of the match came from the Pioneers at the 6:43 mark and the strike found the back of the net for an early 1-0 advantage. The Blue and Red attempted to find the equalizer throughout the remainder of the first half as they had four shots come on goal. Unfortunately, TU's goalkeeper was able to turn away each attempt, giving the Pioneers a 1-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, Ind.)added three more shots on goal in the second half, including two late in the 74th and 78th minutes, but again, they would be saved. Classmate Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil)had the last chance of the match in the 86th minute but his attempt went high of the net.
Overall, HC held a 19-7 edge in total shots, including a 7-1 advantage on goal. Hughes paced the offensive attack with six shots, including five on net. Hanover also earned a 4-1 mark in corner kicks.
The Blue and Red will look to get back on track when they travel to face Anderson at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.