MU, Earlham clash in regular season finale

MU, Earlham clash in regular season finale

Seven student-athletes and two team managers are honored Saturday, Oct. 28, at Good Field, as Manchester University faces a pivotal Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash against Earlham College.

Match details: Kickoff time is 3:30 p.m. … Live audio, statistics and video is available at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The Spartans claimed their fifth straight triumph with a midweek 5-0 victory at Bluffton to improve to 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Earlham faced off against Transylvania Wednesday, and the Quakers were defeated 5-0 to take their record to 3-12-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the league.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Corey Brueggeman's program honors nine individuals who have seen a steady progression for the Black and Gold. Midfielder Ben Niederhelman (Ross, Ohio); goalkeeper Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich.); defender Dan Reyes (Wheatfield, Ind.); forward Dustin Cunningham (LaGrange, Ind.); midfielder Luke Headings (Bluffton, Ohio); midfielder Travis Richardson (Elizabethtown, Ky.); defender/forward/midfielder Tod Oram (Crown Point, Ind.); and team managers Frank Sammons (Rushville, Ind.) and Simmeon Gastineau (Rensselaer, Ind.) are among the reasons for 28 victories, back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2016 and 2017 and on the brink of the university's first conference tournament berth since 2010 … The Spartans have rocketed up the loop standings into fourth behind a five-match win streak, the longest since 2010, in which they've been nearly perfect. Four of the victories have come via shutout as the overall score in the span is 17-1 … A 5-0 roll at Bluffton added to the achievements. The team turned to a new source to break up a scoreless tie in the 20th minute, as sophomore defender Brandon Renninger (Fort Wayne, Ind.) took a break from leading what's been a nearly impenetrable back line to a role of scorer, firing a shot into the home net off an assist from sophomore midfielder Alex Baker (Fort Wayne, Ind.). His first collegiate goal would later become his first collegiate game-winner as junior midfielders Nate Johnson (Portage, Ind.) and Josh McCoy (LaPorte, Ind.) along with Headings and Richardson added to the offensive roll. Meanwhile, Renninger aided the defense and Forman in a 90-minute clean sheet, the fourth in the last five contests and seventh of the season, in which the keeper registered a save … Four statistical categories rank among the league's top five. Freshman forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) headlines two in assists (T-3rd); shots (second – 57) as does Forman (saves – 81/save pct. – 81) while junior forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) is fourth in shots (43) … Recent series history is about as close as it can get. Both sides have a win, and there are two ties over the past four seasons.