October 23, 2012

Men's Soccer Report (Week 8) - Manchester Climbs Into HCAC Tournament Hunt

GREENWOOD, IN - Manchester University has climbed into the HCAC tournament race the past few weeks.  The Spartans (5-11-1, 3-3-1 HCAC) walked away with a win and a tie last week and have earned seven points in their last three matches.

The black and gold started the week with a 6-3 win over Bluffton.  Senior Cody Freels (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) registered the Spartans' first hat trick since 2007 to lead MU to victory.

On Saturday, Manchester scored a pair of second half goals to walk away with a 3-3 tie at Earlham.  Freels added two more goals against the Quakers.

The Spartans are currently tied with Anderson (7-10-1, 3-3-1 HCAC) for the fourth and final spot in the race for a HCAC tournament berth.

The two rivals will meet on the pitch Wednesday afternoon at Anderson.

Rose-Hulman and Transylvania remain deadlocked at the top of the conference standings with 6-0-1 league records.  Both the Engineers (10-4-3, 6-0-1 HCAC) and Pioneers (12-1-2, 6-0-1 HCAC) have locked up a spot in next week's HCAC tournament.

RHIT will close the regular season against Earlham and Manchester, while Transy will face Mount St. Joseph and Bluffton.

Transylvania moved up to No. 8 in the latest NSCAA/Adidas Great Lakes Regional Rankings.  Rose-Hulman also makes an appearance in the poll for the first time this season, standing 10th in the region.

Franklin remains in third place in the HCAC race after splitting a pair of league matches last week.  The Grizzlies (6-7-2, 4-2-1 HCAC) bounced back from a loss to Rose-Hulman with a 3-2 defeat of Bluffton Saturday.

The blue and gold stand six points behind Transy and Rose and hold a three point lead over Anderson and Manchester in the league standings.

Earlham (3-8-5, 1-1-5 HCAC), Hanover (6-7-3, 2-4-1 HCAC), and Defiance (2-14-1, 2-4-1 HCAC) all sit within three points of the final HCAC tournament spot with two matches remaining on the schedule.

For a complete recap of Week 8 in HCAC Men's Soccer, click here