NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University gave a red-hot starting Trine University side all it could handle and more at Good Field Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Head coach Corey Brueggeman's Spartans, despite dipping to 2-6-1, fought through being a man down over the final 23 minutes and 58 seconds and nearly kept their 1-0 lead. Junior midfielder Alex Baker (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was fouled in the box in front of the Thunder net in the 31st minute setting up a penalty kick opportunity. He successfully converted much to the delight of the partisan Black and Gold crowd on hand to give the home team an advantage they wouldn't surrender until the latter stages of the first half.
Unfortunately, a pair of visiting set pieces eventually over the last 15 minutes of regulation found their way into the back of the home team net sending Trine to the hard-fought decision. Senior goalkeeper Justin Meredith (Shelbyville, Ind.) and a tightly-packed defense in front of him did their level best throughout the 90 minutes including the period of playing with just ten men, as Meredith tallied a pair of saves.
MU, looking to end a recent rough run of going 0-4-1 in their last five, moves into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign Saturday, Sept. 29. They join the women's team for a doubleheader at Hanover College. Game times are 1 p.m. for the men and 3:30 p.m. for the women.