Spartans host HCAC semifinal match Wednesday

Spartans host HCAC semifinal match Wednesday

Transylvania University makes its second trip to North Manchester Wednesday, Nov. 6, for one of two semifinals in the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.

Match specifics: Kickoff is 2:00 p.m. at Spartan Field … Admission prices are $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and children ages 11 and under as well as Manchester University and Transylvania University faculty, staff and students with proper ID are admitted free ... Live statistics are available at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: MU is the second seed in the tourney after earning runner-up honors after a 1-0 overtime win at Rose-Hulman Nov. 2. The Black and Gold (12-6-1) enter on an eight-match win streak which includes a 2-1 victory over the Pioneers at home Oct. 12 … A victory would move them into the tournament finale Saturday, Nov. 9, at the site of the highest seed. Top-seeded and league champion Hanover takes on fourth-seeded Rose-Hulman in Wednesday's other semifinal. The winner of the championship match earns the conference's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III national tournament … The rematch with the Pioneers is the program's first home conference tournament appearance since 2005 … The Spartans have won or tied 17 of their last 26 at Spartan Field which includes a 7-2 mark this season … A strong offensive attack and stingy defense have been the trademark of the 2013 Spartans. Junior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) and sophomore forward Brandy Crouse (Cleves, Ohio) are the first tandem to record double-figure goals in the same year at MU since 2006. Junior goalkeeper Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) and the defense have a run of 301 minutes and four seconds of not surrendering an opposition goal … Manchester University's statistical successes are noted on the current HCAC and NCAA Division III statistics reports. Barta, on a run of five consecutive matches with at least one point, leads the league in assists (nine), is a close second in goals (13) and points (35) while ranking third in shots (66). Crouse, who's scored a goal in seven of her last nine appearances, is fourth in goals (10) and points (21) in the conference, while Willmann's among the HCAC's top five in saves (128), save percentage (85.9) and goals-against average (1.11). On the recent national statistics rankings, for matches played through Oct. 27, Barta and Willmann were in the top 50 in assists and saves with the team just outside of the scenario in save percentage.