Hanover College’s men’s soccer team pushed Transylvania University (Ky.) into two overtimes before falling, 2-1, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt, Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Transylvania, now 8-1-1 and 2-0 in the HCAC, scored early in the 109th minute to hold off the Panthers’ upset bid.
Hanover grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute when freshman forward Vicente Munoz (Santiago, Chile) looped a shot over the Pioneers’ goalie Taylor Nossokoff from nearly 20 yards out.
The goal was the first of Munoz’s career and freshman midfielder Joaquin Acuna (Santiago, Chile) recorded his first collegiate assist on the play.
Hanover’s defense withstood Transylvania’s attack until the closing minutes of regulation and the second overtime. The Pioneers, which outshot the Panthers by a 22-9 margin, fired 13 shots in the second half and had a 3-0 advantage in the decisive second overtime.
Transylvania’s Kyle Smith scored the equalizer midway through the 89th minute on a header off a corner kick by Christian King.
Smith netted the game-winner with a chip shot in a crowd from eight yards out with just fewer than two minutes to play.
Hanover’s sophomore goaltender Trevor Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) had nine saves.
The loss nudged the Panthers to 4-5-2 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference.
Published Tuesday, October 2, 2012