HCAC, MIAA match-up on docket

HCAC, MIAA match-up on docket

Manchester University and Trine University go head-to-head in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association match Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Match details: Kickoff is 4 p.m. at Good Field on MU's campus in North Manchester, Ind. … Live statistics and video are accessible through links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold battled against two of the top programs in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Crossroads League last week. MU (2-5-1) took Huntington University to a scoreless double overtime tie Sept. 19 and was just moments away from a similar finish at Grace Sept. 21 … Manchester University and the Lancers gave the fans in attendance at 1st Source Bank Field plenty to sit on the edge of their seats about this past weekend. Senior netminder Justin Meredith (Shelbyville, Ind.), fresh off his first clean sheet in an MU uniform, stood on his head on several occasions knocking away 11 home team shot on goal attempts during a 30-7 shots advantage by Grace. On the offensive side, sophomore forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) got the Spartans' offense off to a fast start with a goal in the eighth minute off a perfectly placed ball by senior midfielder Josh McCoy (LaPorte, Ind.) to highlight the successes. Grace managed to avert the spectacular road win attempt, as a score in the 67thminute tied it at 1-1, and a goal in the waning minutes of the second overtime lifted the Lancers to the 2-1 decision … Meredith's week, which saw him surrender only one goal in over 200 minutes, earned him Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors … Brueggeman's bunch is making itself well known on the league statistics. Six categories are among the best five, as Gonzalez is tied for second in goals (five), points (13) and shots (29), and he and senior midfielder Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) are tied for third and second in assists with three and four, respectively. Meredith is second in saves (38), and his save percentage of 71.7 is fifth highest.

HCAC Opener: MU takes a southern trip to Hanover College to raise the curtain on the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season Saturday, Sept. 29. Start time is 1:30 p.m.