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 2:00 PM, Wednesday, Nov. 6.
CLINCHING CONFERENCE: The Blue and Red closed out conference play with an eight-game win streak to win their second consecutive HCAC regular season title. The victory came following a 2-0 decision in the team's regular season finale with Defiance that saw goals by sophomore Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.).
THE COMBO: The combined efforts of Eppler and junior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) have provided the one two punch the Panthers have been looking for this season. The sophomore leads the team in goals and ranks second among the HCAC with nine, while Hughes has dished out a team-best nine assists placing him among the league best. As a team, the Blue and Red provide a lot of offensive pressure with total 294 shots and a .116 shot percentage.
PANTHER DEFENSE: The Hanover defense continues to stifle teams as it has only allowed 19 goals on 121 shot attempts. Leading the charge is HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, junior Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) with 13 saves and a perfect 6-0-0 record.
HCAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Panthers have now made it to the conference tournament six times in the last seven years. Hanover finished with a runner-up mark last season falling to Transylvania in penalty kicks.
SCOUTING MANCHESTER: The Spartans enter the contest riding a two-game win streak after defeating Earlham in their season finale 1-0. In the teams regular season meeting, Spartans defeated Hanover 1-0.