Transylvania Selected to Win HCAC Men's Soccer Title Race

Transylvania Selected to Win HCAC Men's Soccer Title Race

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Transylvania University's men's soccer team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Pioneers received six first-place votes and 88 total points in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished behind the Pioneers with 85 points and four first place votes.

Hanover College placed third in the poll with 75 points.  Mount St. Joseph University finished fourth with 59 points and was followed by Manchester Universty (53 points), Earlham College (47), Anderson University (46), Franklin College (42), Defiance College (31), and Bluffton University (24).

Transylvania is coming off a 12-3-3 record in 2016.  The Pioneers finished second in the HCAC standings last fall with a 7-1-1 record.  Transylvania fell to Hanover 2-1 in the semifinal match of the HCAC Tournament, ending its season last fall.

The Pioneers return two first-team All-HCAC selections from their 2016 team, including the reigning HCAC Freshman of the Year.  Sophomore Jason Murillo (Versailles, Ky. / Woodford County) led the Pioneer defense last season with five goals, five assists, and three game-winning goals in league play. The sophomore also anchored a defense that allowed only 13 goals against last fall. Senior midfielder Riley Calhoon (Lexington, Ky. / Dunbar) and junior midfielder Tyler Joy-Brandon (Lexington, Ky. / Dunbar) were instrumental for the Pioneers' offense last fall.  Calhoon contributed four goals and eight assists, and Joy-Brandon followed with two goals and two assists in the 2016 season.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned the league title last fall after finishing 9-0 in conference play (14-6 overall). The Fightin' Engineers ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Hanover in the HCAC tournament title match. Rose-Hulman returns two first-team All-HCAC members from last season's squad, including HCAC Offensive MVP Austin Webb. Senior forward Austin Webb (West Lafayette, Ind. / Harrison) contributed 10 goals and three assists to the Fightin' Engineers offense last season. Junior midfielder Turner Perkins (Danville, Ind. / Danville) started in all 20 games for Rose-Hulman and tallied four goals and one assist last season.

Hanover College finished third in the league standings last season with a 7-2 mark (16-5 overall).  The Panthers return one first-team All-HCAC selection from a year ago.  Senior forward Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio / Cincinnati Country Day) started in 17 games as a junior and contributed five goals and three assists to the Panthers offense. Senior midfielder Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek) also returns for Hanover. Doering recorded four goals and two assists during his junior season.

The 2017 men's soccer season is set to begin on September 1.

Players to Watch

Anderson       Brandon Weer       Senior       Goalkeeper  
        Brian Stout       Senior       Midfield  
        Jacob Pokorski       Junior       Midfield  
        Sam Cerny       Senior       Back  
Bluffton       Blake Hershberger       Senior       Midfield  
        Adam Knott       Senior       Back  
        Nicholas Hoffman       Sophomore       Midfield  
Defiance       Clay Musgrave       Junior       Goalkeeper  
        Andrew Brown       Senior       Back  
        Sean Daley       Senior       Midfield  
        Nick Kleptz       Senior       Forward  
Earlham       Voja Tatarevic       Senior       Forward  
        Padgett Gustavson       Sophomore        Midfield  
Franklin       Ben Tierney       Senior       Back  
        Mason Krupa       Senior       Midfield  
        Garrett Belden       Senior       Goalkeeper  
Hanover       Will Bridgeman       Senior       Midfield  
        Thomas Doering       Senior       Back  
        Dominic Isadore       Senior       Forward  
        Zach Barnes       Senior       Back  
        Ryan Keeney       Senior       Forward  
Manchester       Brandon Renninger       Sophomore       Back  
        Samuel Tetteh       Junior       Midfield  
        Ben Niederhelman       Junior       Midfield  
        Drake DeWitt       Junior       Forward  
MSJ       Seth Freppon       Junior       Back  
        Michael Huber       Senior       Back  
        Alonzo Garcia-Alvarez       Sophomore       Midfield  
        Conner Spivey       Senior       Goalkeeper  
Rose-Hulman       Austin Webb       Senior       Forward  
        Turner Perkins       Senior       Midfield  
        Trevor Bednarek       Senior       Back  
Transylvania       Riley Calhoon       Senior       Midfield  
        Tyler Joy-Brandon       Junior       Back  
        Caswell Fuller       Sophomore       Midfield  
        Jason Murillo       Sophomore       Midfield