A critical away and home week begins Wednesday, Oct. 25, for Manchester University.
Match details: Start time is 3:30 p.m. at Bluffton University's soccer field located inside the Emory Sears Athletic Complex … Fans can follow live statistics via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … MU (8-8 overall, 4-3 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) vies for its fifth consecutive win, as it continues to climb up the standings. Bluffton stands 1-14 overall and 1-6 against the league … A 2-0 decision at home last season continued a strong recent series span for the Spartans, as they've claimed five of the past seven.
Spartan Shorts: Manchester University's hard-charging theme down the stretch in the HCAC season continued Oct. 21. Senior goalkeeper Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich.) and the granite-like defense in front of him continued to impress, silencing Mt. St. Joseph University's offense over 90 minutes to highlight a 2-0 victory at Schueler Field. Forman's 12th opposition blanking of his collegiate career, spotlighted by six saves, supported goals off the feet of junior midfielder Samuel Tetteh-Quarshie (Accra, Ghana) and senior defender/midfielder/forward Tod Oram (Crown Point, Ind.) … Oram's offensive stock is on the rise. Due to a three-goal effort last week, he's moved into the conference top 10 in goals (five – T-7th). The senior is one of many Black and Gold players noted on the league's statistical best 10. Freshman forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) (13 points – 10th/assists – five – T-3rd/total shots – 59 – No. 2); junior forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) (total shots – 40 – T-3rd); and Forman (saves – 80 – No. 4/save pct. – 80.8 – No. 5/goals against – 19 – No. 8/goals-against average – 1.16 – No. 6) are on the list, too .. The Spartans are tied for the fourth and final loop postseason tournament slot with rival Anderson University going into the final week. Brueggeman's bunch needs to continue its winning ways and hope for either a loss or tie for the Ravens against either Defiance College or Franklin College to gain a berth … MU concludes it home and regular season schedule Saturday, Oct. 28. Earlham College is on the docket as part of Senior Day 2017 festivities for a 3:30 p.m. match.