NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester men's soccer team began Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with an emphatic 1-0 upset of Hanover College at Good Field on Saturday October 5.
The visiting Panthers were selected second in the HCAC Preseason Poll; Manchester was picked fourth in the preseason poll.
A defensive and physical battle throughout the game, both teams combined for just 14 shots, with Hanover holding a narrow 9-5 advantage in the stat category.
The Spartans made the most of their offensive opportunities and grabbed the lead late in the second half. Freshman Ruben Gonzalez (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) found Drew Gavit (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) who scored to put the Spartans ahead 1-0. Gavits's goal in the 80th minute was his second goal of the season.
Justin Winterboer (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) made two saves in goal and won his third decision in between the posts.
The Spartans improved to 4-6-1, 1-0 HCAC this season. Hanover dropped to 3-5-1, 0-1 HCAC. MU will head to rival Anderson on Wednesday October 9 for a 3 p.m. conference matchup.