Men's soccer looks to finish off the regular season atop HCAC standings

Tanner Korfhagen

Written by Sports Information Student Intern,  Cameron Rogers 

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team will strive to remain at the top of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as they close out the regular season with two home games this week. 

The Red and Blue will host Mount St. Joseph at 3:30 p.m, Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Defiance at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.  

BOUNCING BACK – The Panthers suffered their first HCAC loss last Wednesday falling at Transylvania 1-0. The Red and Blue only allowed one shot on goal the whole game while putting up 19 total shots and seven on goal. The loss resulted in Hanover being tied for first place in the league table with Rose-Hulman. 

The Panthers then traveled to Anderson over the weekend to attempt to remain in first place. The Red and Blue got to the scoring sheet early when sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) drew a penalty in the third minute. Hughes then smashed the PK top bins, giving Hanover a 1-0 lead. The only shot by the Ravens came in the 39th minute but was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.), as he laid out and pushed the shot to his left side. The Blue and Red were able to capitalize late in the second half when freshman Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) sliced through the Anderson defenders then slipped the ball back post. Busato lead the offensive charge for the Panthers by putting up six shots in the game. 

Hanover is now standing alone at the top of the HCAC table after a Rose-Hulman loss to Manchester Saturday. The Red and Blue now have 18 points, followed by Transylvania with 16 points, then Rose-Hulman with 15 points and a three-way tie for fourth between Defiance, Manchester and Mount St. Joseph, who all have 12 points. 

HUGHES HEATING UP HEARTLAND: Hughes has been sensational in conference play this season, recording six goals and two assists. His 14 conference points leads the team and is the second highest mark among all league performers. The sophomore also has a pair of non-conference assists, giving him 16 total points on the season. 

GAME-WINNING GOALS: Hughes and senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) each have three game-winning goals this season, which is tied for the conference lead and is among the national leaders. Korfhagen has a team-high eight goals and 19 points this fall to go along with Hughes' totals. 

SCOUTING MT. ST. JOSEPH – The Lions are 5-10-1 overall and 4-3-0 in conference leading up to the contest. Hanover has had the edge in the match up against Mount St. Joseph beating them in five out of the last six meetings. 

SCOUTING DEFIANCE – Defiance is coming into the contest 7-9-0 overall and 4-3-0 in the HCAC. Hanover has beaten the Yellow Jackets in six out of the seven previous meetings including a 3-2 victory last year. 

Contact: Tyler Jester