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October 22, 2012

Second half rally highlights league road trip

RICHMOND, IND. – Senior defender/midfielder/forward Cody Freels closed a week he won't soon forget with two goals during a 3-3 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference double-overtime draw with Earlham Saturday, Oct. 20.

Freels wrapped up a five-goal, 10-point period with a score in the 17th minute and another in the 52nd minute. His second tally began a comeback from a 3-1 first half deficit for the Spartans (5-11-1, 3-3-1 HCAC). Coach Dave Good's squad completed the second half turnaround when senior midfielder/forward Dian Radev (Burgas, Bulgaria) converted a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.

Both sides had chances to notch the game-winning score in the final moments of regulation and in each overtime. However, MU senior goalkeeper Grant Noakes (LaPorte, Ind.) compiled four saves in the extra sessions, and the Quaker defense kept the Black and Gold out of its net as well.

Manchester managed to continue a three-match unbeaten skein despite being out-shot 21-15. Freels and Radev combined for 10 of the offense's attempts.

The Spartans move into the final week of the regular season still a part of the conference's post-season playoff picture. MU faces a key 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Anderson Wednesday, Oct. 24. The two sides are currently tied for fourth-place on the league standings.