A southeastern trek to Mt. St. Joseph University Saturday, Oct. 21, is on the weekend agenda for Manchester University.
Match details: Kickoff time is 3:30 p.m. at MSJ's Schueler Field … MU (7-8 overall, 3-3 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference), riding a three-match win streak, has climbed into fifth in the standings, just a match behind Anderson University for fourth ... Recent series history is firmly on the side of Manchester University with an 11-1-1 record in the past 13 games. MSJ did stop skids on both sides last fall with a pair of 3-1 victories at Good Field.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Corey Brueggeman's side is still in the hunt for a berth in the league postseason tournament. The equation is simple, as they need to continue their win streak and have Anderson University or Transylvania University drop two of their next three … Manchester University's three-match win streak features sparkling numbers. The Spartans have outscored the opposition 10-1 in the span with a pair of clean sheets for senior goalkeeper Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich.) and the defense added for good measure … Senior defender/midfielder/forward Tod Oram (Crown Point, Ind.), due in large part to a multiple-goal outing against Defiance College Oct. 18, and freshman forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) hold the team goals' lead with four each over 15 matches. Gonzalez' strong offensive resume doesn't end there, as he's first in assists (four); points (12); total shots (49); and game-winning scores (three). Junior forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) is close behind in goals (three), points (eight) and overall shots (37), while his shots on goal (19) are first … Gonzalez' numbers are raising eyebrows around the loop. He's among the top 10 in goals (T-9th); points (T-9th); assists (T-9th); shots (second); and game-winning goals (T-3rd). Forman's also among several similar territories, sitting fourth in saves (74); fifth in save percentage (979.6); and seventh in goals-against average (1.27). DeWitt makes it three in the first 10 with his overall shot total ranking in a tie for third … Following the clash against Mt. St. Joseph, the Black and Gold wrap up their schedule a trip to Bluffton University Wednesday, Oct. 25, and a home meeting against Earlham College Saturday, Oct. 28. Start times are 3:30 p.m. The seven-member Class of 2018 will be honored at halftime of the Earlham contest.