Written by Sports Information Student Intern, Cameron Rogers
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men's soccer team looks to keep their season alive as they host Manchester in the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
The Panthers will match up with the Spartans at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30.
CLINCHING CONFERENCE – The Red and Blue closed out conference play with a home game against Defiance over the weekend with a chance to win the title of regular season conference champions. Hanover found the back of the net in the 62nd minute when freshman Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) crossed in a corner kick and found his classmate Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) for the finish. The Panthers were able to connect for another goal when sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) laid the ball of too fellow striker Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) for the toe-poke finish. Korfhagen then added an assist to his name in the 87th minute when the senior played a ball behind the Yellow Jacket defense for sophomore Nick Ash (Louisville, Ky.), who struck the ball upper-90, giving him his first colligate goal.
With that 3-0 victory, Hanover won its first ever out-right regular season HCAC title. The Blue and Red won a share of the regular season title in 2015 when they tied with Rose-Hulman for first.
STRIKER DUO – The duo of Hughes and Korfhagen has led the offensive charge for the Panthers. Korfhagen has 10 goals and four assists on the season, adding to a total of 24 points. Hughes has six goals and six assists, adding to 18 points. Both strikers are in the top 10 for points in the HCAC and Korfhagen is second in the HCAC for goals. The Red and Blue apply a lot of offensive pressure, taking a total of 199 shots in conference play resulting in an average of 22 shots a game.
STRONG DEFENSE – The Hanover defense has really shown its hard work over the course of conference play only allowing four goals in nine games. The back line consisting of Ethan Miller (Breaux Bridge, La.), Myles Joseph (Lafayette, La.), Sean Fleming (Louisville Ky.), Brady Gesenhues (Fort Thomas, Ky.), Schryver and goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.), have made it a struggle for opponents to find the back of the net.
HCAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY – The Panthers have now made it to the conference tournament five times in the last six years. The Red and Blue won the conference tournament in 2016 beating Rose-Hulman 1-0 in the championship game. This was the first time Hanover has ever won the conference tournament.
SCOUTING MANCHESTER – Manchester is coming to Hanover on Tuesday riding a three-game win streak. Earlier in the year the Spartans fell short to the Panthers, losing 3-0. This is Manchester's second consecutive year making the conference tournament. Last year, they lost to Transylvania in the semifinals.
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