NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - A 1-0 victory at Earlham College on Saturday afternoon propelled the Manchester University men's soccer team to its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The Spartans will now travel to Hanover College on Wednesday November 6 for the HCAC Semifinals. Kickoff against the Panthers is set for 2 p.m.
All HCAC Tournament games will be hosted at the higher seed this week. Admission is cash only to this week's games.
2019 HCAC Tournament Bracket
HCAC Semis - Wednesday November 6
No. 1 Hanover Panthers (11-5-1, 8-1 HCAC) vs. No. 4 Manchester Spartans (9-9-1, 6-3 HCAC) - 2 p.m. - Hanover, Ind.
No. 2 Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers (15-3, 8-1 HCAC) vs. No. 3 Transylvania Pioneers (10-7, 7-2 HCAC) - 7 p.m. - Terre Haute, Ind.
HCAC Championship - Saturday November 9
TBD vs. TBD at highest seed remaining - Time TBD
Manchester News & Notes
* The Spartans came up with a pair of crucial wins last week to secure a third straight bid to the HCAC Tournament. The Spartans shutout both Bluffton (2-0) and Earlham College (1-0).
* MU will look to advance to its first HCAC title game since 2007.
* The Spartans have been knocked out in the HCAC Semis in each of the last two seasons, falling to Hanover and Transylvania by 1-0 final scores.
* Manchester is the lone HCAC school to have beaten the Panthers this season. MU opened conference play with a 1-0 shutout victory over Hanover at Good Field on October 5.
Hanover News & Notes
* The Panthers have rattled off eight straight wins since the Spartans defeated them on October 5.
* The Panthers have appeared in three of the last four HCAC Tournament Championship games.
* Hanover has outscored HCAC opponents 22-6 this fall. On the year, HC has outscored its opposition 34-19.
* The Panthers have rotated three goalkeepers this season, with Will Bedel leading the team with six wins and two shutouts.
|Season Stat Leaders|
|Goals||8 - J. Gonzalez||9 - Eppler|
|Assists||4 - Two Players||9 - Hughes|
|Points||16 - J. Gonzalez||21 - Hughes|
|Shots||40 - J. Gonzalez||62 - Hughes|
|Shots on Goal||25 - J. Gonzalez||28 - Hughes|
|Saves||45 - Winterboer||18 - Stocksdale|
|Save %||.692 - Winterboer||.867 - Bedel|