August 9, 2012

Transylvania Tabbed to Repeat as HCAC Men’s Soccer Champion

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University's men's soccer team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Pioneers received five first-place votes and 95 total points in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches, edging out Rose-Hulman.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will look to dethrone the defending champs and capture the school's first men's soccer title since 2009, as the Engineers totaled 93 points and four first place votes.  Earlham College placed third in the poll with 70 points.  Anderson University finished fourth with 58 points and was followed by Franklin College (51 points, one first place vote), College of Mount St. Joseph (51), Manchester University (48), Defiance College (45), Hanover College (26), and Bluffton University (13).

Transylvania is coming off an 11-4-4 record in 2011.  The Pioneers claimed their seventh HCAC title last fall with an 8-0-1 record, but lost to Earlham in the conference tournament semifinal on penalty kicks.  Transylvania ranked second in the HCAC in goals (34) and led the league in goals allowed (13) last season.

2012 HCAC Preseason Poll

Team

Points

Transylvania

95 (5)

Rose-Hulman

93 (4)

Earlham

70

Anderson

58

Franklin

51 (1)

Mount St. Joseph

51

Manchester

48

Defiance

45

Hanover

26

Bluffton

13

The Pioneers return a pair of First-Team All-HCAC selections from their 2011 team, including the HCAC Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player.  Junior back Evan Sizemore (Versaille, Ky./Woodford Co.) was instrumental in leading the Pioneers' top ranked defensive unit.  Transy allowed only two goals in HCAC action and posted 12 shutouts during the season.  Junior forward Christian King (Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine) returns after leading the team with eight goals and 19 points a year ago.

Rose-Hulman finished second in the conference race last fall with an 8-1-0 record (16-6 overall) and earned the HCAC tournament title with a 5-1 win over Earlham.  The Engineers ended the season with a 2-0 setback to Ohio Northern in the NCAA tournament.  RHIT returns three First-Team All-HCAC members from last season's squad, including HCAC Co-Defensive MVP Mike Schiff (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville).  Schiff led the Engineers' defense that allowed only five goals in league play.  Sophomore goalkeeper Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) returns in net for the Engineers after leading the HCAC in save percentage (.882) and shutouts (6) as a freshman.  Offensively, junior forward Will Senat (Edmond, Okla./North) returns after netting nine goals and two assists last fall.  Senat will look to replace the production of graduated HCAC Offensive MVP Clint Vatterrodt (21 goals, 52 points).

Earlham has been selected to finish third after a fourth place finish in 2011.  The Quakers finished the season 5-13-2 overall and 4-4-1 in league play.  Junior back Frank Mbaya (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) is the lone returning Second-Team All-HCAC member from a year ago.  The junior helped EC rank fourth defensively in HCAC play with 11 goals allowed.                                            

The 2012 men's soccer season is set to begin on August 31.

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Brad Rusche

Junior

Midfield

New Palestine, Ind.

 
 
 

Kyle Boyer

Junior

Midfield

Franklin, Tenn.

 
 

Chris Maloney

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Avon, Ind.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bluffton

Nate Byrum

Senior

Forward

London, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Jordan Andrews

Sophomore

Midfield

Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley

 
 

Dylan Mathews

Junior

Midfield

Arlington, Ohio/H.S.

 
 

Jeff Yoder

Freshman

Goalkeeper

Elkhart, Ind./Bethany Christian

 
 
 

Defiance

Sean Roberts

Junior

Goalkeeper

Canal Winchester, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Evan Allen

Junior

Midfield

South Euclid, Ohio/Charles F. Brush

 
 

Ryan Owens

Senior

Back

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Frank Mbaya

Junior

Back

Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay

 
 
 

Mike Carroll

Senior

Midfield

Fairfax, Va./Oldham Co.

 
 

Mike Nsoesie

Junior

Back

Laurel, Md./Archbishop Carroll

 
 

Felicien Muyumba

Freshman

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Drew Ferguson

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky./Whitefield Academy

 
 
 

Lucas Hill

Junior

Goalkeeper

Culver, Ind./Plymouth

 
 

Chad Parrett

Junior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Matt Grau

Sophomore

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este

 

 

Trevor Korfhagen

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este

 

Matt Flora

Sophomore

Forward

Scipio, Ind./Jennings Co.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Manchester

Dian Radev

Senior

Forward

Burgas, Bulgaria/Vasil Levski

 

 

Cody Freels

Senior

Back

Auburn, Ind./DeKalb

 

Matt Servizzi

Senior

Back

Loveland, Ohio/Milford

 

Grant Noakes

Senior

Goalkeeper

LaPorte, Ind./H.S.

 

 
 
 
 

The Mount

Chris Corbett

Junior

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

 

 

Nick Siko

Senior

Forward

Avon Lake, Ohio/H.S.

 

Lee Rogers

Senior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Mariemont

 

Nick Groman

Senior

Back

New Richmond, Ohio/H.S.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Will Senat

Junior

Forward

Edmond, Okla./North

 

 

Drew Miller

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick

 

 

Mike Schiff

Junior

Back

Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville

 

 

Adam Carlson

Senior

Midfield

Brownsburg, Ind./H.S.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Evan Sizemore

Junior

Back

Versaille, Ky./Woodford Co.

 

 

Christian King

Junior

Forward

Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine

 

Robbie Gorham

Junior

Back

Nicholasville, Ky./Lexington Catholic

 

 

Kyle Smith

Junior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle