INDIANAPOLIS – After another successful campaign, the Hanover men's soccer team received three of the four annual Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference awards Thursday afternoon.
Highlighting the all-conference accolades were head coach Matt Wilkerson, sophomore Myles Joseph (Lafayette, La.) and freshman Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.), who were named Coach, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
Joseph and Redmon were also two of five Panther players that received first team recognition, as sophomore goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) and forwards Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) joined the conference's top squad.
Joseph led a backline that recorded a season goal against average of 0.99 this season, which was the second-best mark in the HCAC. Hanover also totaled eight shutouts, including six against conference opponents. Joining Joseph in the backline were freshman Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Ethan Miller (Breaux Bridge, La.), who picked up second team and honorable mention accolades, respectively. Schryver got in on the offense as well, posting all five of his season points in conference play, where he tallied two goals and one assist. Miller's lone collegiate goal came in the HCAC Tournament semifinals, where his header secured a 1-0 victory for the Blue and Red.
Redmon assisted on Miller's goal in the conference tournament, which was one of three helpers for the freshman midfielder this season. Redmon is Hanover's first Freshman of the Year award winner since Matthew Eldridge in the 2013 season.
Bedel put together another outstanding season in goal for the Panthers, as his first team honor marks the first all-conference award of his collegiate career. The sophomore logged seven solo clean sheets, which was second most in the HCAC and 41st nationally. Overall, Bedel posted a 1.04 goal against average and a .672 save percentage.
The forward combo of Korfhagen and Hughes was arguably the best one-two punch in the HCAC this fall, as the two combined for 17 goals, including seven game-winners. Korfhagen's final campaign with HC saw him post a team-high 10 goals and 24 points, which both ranked among the top three in the conference. The senior also added four assists, which was the second most on the team.
Hughes' first season wearing the Blue and Red saw him tally seven goals and 19 total points, while also pacing the Panthers in assists with seven. The sophomore transfer did most of his damage in conference action, where he totaled six goals, three assists and 15 points in nine appearances.
Additional conference awards went to freshman Patrick Rowe (Terre Haute, Ind.) and senior Matt Marchiorlatti (North Tustin, Calif.). Rowe, who played in the midfield, earned second team honors, while Marchiorlatti was named Hanover's pick for the Christopher M. Ragsdale Sportsmanship award.
Coach Wilkerson guided the Panthers to a 12-6-1 overall mark and an 8-1-0 record in HCAC play en route to his first Coach of the Year award with the program. The Blue and Red won their first outright HCAC regular season championship in program history and also made their third HCAC Tournament Finals appearance in the last four years. Since taking over prior to the start of the 2012 season, Wilkerson has led HC to a 73-46-15 overall record and three total conference championships.
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