Rose-Hulman Selected to Win HCAC Men’s Soccer Title Race

2014 Schedule

GREENWOOD, IN – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s men’s soccer team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Engineers received seven first-place votes and 94 total points in a poll of the conference’s ten head coaches. 

Hanover College will look to capture the school’s first HCAC men’s soccer title, as the Panthers totaled 77 points and one first place vote.  Transylvania University placed third in the poll with 75 points.  Anderson University finished fourth with 71 points and one first place vote and was followed by Earlham College (60 points, one first place vote), Franklin College (59), Defiance College (48), Manchester University (30), Mount St. Joseph University (23), and Bluffton University (13).

Rose-Hulman is coming off a 12-6-5 record in 2013.  The Engineers placed second in the HCAC title race last fall with a 6-1-2 record and earned a HCAC tournament title with a 1-0 overtime win over Transylvania.  Rose defeated Penn St.-Behrend and top ranked Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAA tournament before ending the season with a 3-0 defeat against Franklin & Marshall.

The Engineers will open the season ranked No. 22 in the preseason NSCAA Top-25 poll and return a pair of second-team All-HCAC selections from their 2013 team.  Senior goalkeeper Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) was instrumental in leading the Engineers’ top ranked defense last fall.  Miller led the conference with only three goals allowed during league play, including a league-best .880 save percentage.  Senior back Andrew Bartush (Granger, Ind./Penn) helped anchor the defense which allowed only 14 goals in 23 matches last season.

Hanover College placed third in the HCAC race last season with a 6-2-1 record (10-8-2 overall).  The Panthers ended the season with a 3-0 setback to Rose-Hulman in the HCAC tournament.  Hanover returns two first-team All-HCAC members from last season’s squad, including Freshman of the Year Matt Eldridge (Louisville, Ky./Trinity).  Eldridge led the Panthers with seven goals last fall, totaling 15 points during his freshman season.  Defensively, senior back Drew Roberts (Goshen, Ky./North Oldham) led the Hanover defense which ranked second in the HCAC last season with six goals allowed.

Transylvania University finished alongside Hanover in the league standings last fall with a 6-2-1 mark (13-5-2 overall).  Transy graduated all of its All-HCAC selections from a year ago, including HCAC Offensive MVP Kyle Smith.  The Pioneers received 35 of its 43 goals from seniors last fall.  Senior midfielder Stephen Willoughby (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central) is the leading returning goal scorer with only two goals scored during the 2013 season.

The 2014 men’s soccer season is set to begin on August 29.

RHIT Head Coach Sean Helliwell

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Todd Canal

Senior

Forward

Indianapolis, Ind./Covenant Christian

 
 
 

Elliot Reiff

Senior

Back

Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf

 
 

Ben McKenzie

Junior

Back

Westerville, Ohio/Worthington Christian

 
 

Trent Barnhart

Sophomore

Midfield

Greenfield, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Bluffton

Peter Carlson

Senior

Midfield

Toledo, Ohio/Springfield

 
 
 

Jordan Andrews

Senior

Midfield

Clinton Township, Mich./Chippewa Valley

 
 

Grant Stutzman

Sophomore

Forward

Sugarcreek, Ohio/Hiland

 
 

Ryan Johnson-Evers

Junior

Back

Muskego, Wis./H.S.

 
 
 

Defiance

Drew Metz

Senior

Midfield

Northwood, Ohio/Lake

 
 
 

Blayne Robbins

Junior

Back

Galva, Ill./Miamisburg

 
 

Ashten Forde

Senior

Forward

Euclid, Ohio/H.S.

 
 

Ian Fasnacht

Senior

Back

Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Earlham

Aaron Falsetto

Senior

Goalkeeper

Ottawa, Canada/St. Joseph

 
 
 

Mussa Ibrahim

Junior

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer

 
 

Jacob Ebbs

Junior

Forward

Brookline, Mass./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Austin Fundenberger

Junior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./North Central

 
 
 

Thaddeus Broderick

Junior

Back

Indianapolis, Ind./North Central

 
 

Brandon Iaria

Senior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Southport

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Hanover

Matt Grau

Senior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este


 

Trevor Korfhagen

Senior

Goalkeeper

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este


Drew Roberts

Senior

Back

Goshen, Ky./North Oldham


Matt Eldridge

Sophomore

Forward

Louisville, Ky./Trinity


 

 

 

 


Manchester

Matt Jordan

Sophomore

Midfield

Zionsville, Ind./H.S.


 

Julio Luevano

Junior

Back

North Manchester, Ind.


Chase Holford

Sophomore

Back

Valparaiso, Ind./H.S.


 
 
 
 

The Mount

Brandon Burns

Sophomore

Forward

Hamilton, Ohio/Ross


 

Tyler Schumann

Sophomore

Back

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder


Zach Kuebler

Sophomore

Back

Hilliard, Ohio/Derby


Christopher Crone

Junior

Midfield

Villa Hills, Ky./Dixie Heights


 

 

 

 

 


Rose-Hulman

Drew Miller

Senior

Goalkeeper

Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick


 

Andrew Bartush

Senior

Back

Granger, Ind./Penn


 

Mike Smyser

Junior

Back

Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern


 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Transylvania

Ryan Stallings

Junior

Forward

Cox Creek, Ky./Nelson Co.


 

Daniel Mudd

Senior

Back

Bardstown, Ky./Nelson Co.


Stephen Willoughby

Senior

Midfield

Richmond, Ky./Madison Central


 

Max Robinson

Senior

Midfield

Lexington, Ky./Lafayette