ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team cruised to a 2-0 victory at Anderson Saturday afternoon to stay atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
With the win, the Panthers are now 9-6-0 overall and 6-1-0 in HCAC play. The loss drops the Ravens to 5-9-2 overall and 2-4-1 in conference action.
Overall, Hanover enjoyed a 17-1 advantage in total shots, including an 11-1 edge on goal. Freshman Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) led the offensive attack for the Blue and Red combining for 11 total shots and seven on goal. Busato and Hughes also scored the Panther goals Saturday. To go along with its shot advantage, HC enjoyed an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
Hughes started the scoring for HC, on the road, capitalizing on a penalty kick in the third minute. Hanover went on to earn a 10-1 advantage in shots during the opening half, but just led by the one goal at the intermission.
The second half saw a 7-0 shot decision in favor of the Panthers. A goal from Busato came in the 76th minute.
Sophomore Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) picked up his fourth clean sheet of the fall and was called on to make just one save to do so. Bedel's performance lowered his season goal against average to 1.22.
The Panthers head into the final week of the regular season with a two-point advantage over Transylvania in the HCAC table. Hanover will open the week by hosting Mt. St. Joseph at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Contact: Tyler Jester