October 30, 2012

Transylvania Earns Top Seed for HCAC Men’s Soccer Tourney

Tournament Program (click here)

GREENWOOD, IN – The Transylvania men's soccer program earned a share of the HCAC Championship for the eighth time in program history and secured the top seed for the conference tournament.  The top-seed Pioneers will tangle with No. 4 Franklin in one semifinal, while second seeded Rose-Hulman will host No. 3 Anderson in the other semifinal.

Transy clinched a share of the title with a 4-0 victory over Bluffton on Saturday afternoon.  Junior Christian King (Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine) scored a pair of goals in the victory.  The Pioneers finished the regular season with a 14-1-2 overall record and an 8-0-1 mark in conference play.

Rose-Hulman also earned a piece of the league crown with an 8-0-1 mark.  The Engineers beat Manchester 3-0 on Saturday to clinch a share of the title, earning the school's third men's soccer crown.

Transylvania will face Franklin at 7:30 PM Wednesday evening in the semifinals.  The Pioneers pulled out a 1-0 win over the Grizzlies back on October 10.  King scored the game-winning goal, finding the back of the net in the 73rd minute of play.  Franklin finished the season 6-8-3 overall and 4-3-2 in conference action.

Rose-Hulman (12-4-3, 8-0-1 HCAC) and Anderson (9-10-1, 5-3-1 HCAC) will meet in Terre Haute for the second men's semifinal.  The Engineers defeated the Ravens 2-1 when the two squads met on October 3.  Action between the Engineers and Ravens will get underway at 7:00 PM Wednesday.

The winner of the conference tournament will earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III tournament that is slated to begin on November 8.  The highest remaining seed after the two semi-finals will host the conference tournament final at 1:00 PM Saturday.