Spartans set for HCAC tourney

Spartans set for HCAC tourney

A match-up against top-seeded and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season champion Hanover awaits Manchester University in the semifinal round of the 2014 HCAC tournament Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Match specifics: Kickoff is 2 p.m. at HC's L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex … Live statistics are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The winner advances to the championship Saturday, Nov. 8. Third-seeded Rose-Hulman and second-seeded Franklin College clash in the other semifinal.

Spartan Shorts: The Black and Gold, winners of three of their last four, sport an 8-9-1 record. They're searching for the program's first postseason win since the 2008 squad knocked off Transylvania University of Kentucky in the semifinals … It's the third straight HCAC berth for MU and the longest string since the 2002-08 teams reeled off seven successive league postseason appearances … Senior goalkeeper Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) recorded her 23rd career shutout, and the combination of senior midfielder Sofie Tzortzinis (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and junior midfielder Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.) each scored goals in the first half to lead the Spartans to a 2-0 regular season ending win over Mt. St. Joseph University of Ohio Nov. 1. The win cinched MU's entrance into the postseason event … Rowe and senior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) are one-two in scoring going into Tuesday. Rowe's nine goals and four game-winning tallies lead the offense, while she and Barta are tied for first in points (20). Barta is first in assists (six), shots (49) and shots on goal (30) while ranking second in goals (seven). The offense is balanced through 18 matches with 10 players scoring at least one goal and five accumulating a game-winning marker.