GREENWOOD, IN - Transylvania stretched its unbeaten streak to nine straight last week, going 2-0 in HCAC action. The Pioneers (12-2-2, 6-0-1 HCAC) hold a two point lead over second place Anderson in the conference standings heading into the final week of play.
Transy was dominant last week, earning a 4-0 win over Hanover and a 5-0 shutout win at Franklin. TU is currently ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA/Adidas Great Lakes Regional Rankings.
Senior forward Brian Williams (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek) scored a hat trick in TU's 5-0 win over Franklin in a showdown for first place in the league standings. Williams also added an assist as TU defeated Hanover Wednesday evening.
Anderson remains two points behind Transy after a 2-0 week. The Ravens (8-4-5, 5-0-2 HCAC) ran their unbeaten streak to 12 straight after posting shutout wins over Rose-Hulman and Hanover.
Sophomore midfielder Austin Fridley (Anderson, Ind./Highland) scored a goal in AU's 2-0 win over Rose and added another goal in a 3-0 win over Hanover.
The Pioneers and Ravens will meet in Lexington Saturday afternoon with the conference title on the line.
Manchester won its fourth and fifth consecutive match, defeating Bluffton and Earlham on the road last week. The Spartans (6-9-2, 5-2 HCAC) earned 1-0 wins over the Beavers and Quakers to move into third place in the league standings.
Franklin fell into fourth position in the standings after a 1-1 record last week. The Grizzlies (7-5-3, 4-1-2 HCAC) earned a 2-0 win over Mount St. Joseph before falling at home to Transy.
Rose-Hulman and Earlham remain alive for a berth into the four team HCAC tournament field. Earlham stands two points out of the fourth and final position, while Rose stands three points out of the field.
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