Second-half eruption leads to first league win

Hanover College’s men’s soccer team erupted for five second-half goals and recorded its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season with a 5-0 win against Bluffton University (Ohio). The HCAC match was played Saturday, Oct. 13, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

Sophomore forward Matt Flora (North Vernon, Ind.) scored two goals and three upperclassmen also hit the back of the net to fuel the victory.

Hanover, which outshot Bluffton by a 20-5 margin, scored three goals in a six-minute span early in the second half. The Panthers later used two goals in 32 seconds to secure the victory.

Flora tallied his first goal in the opening two minutes of the second half to get Hanover on the scoreboard. Sophomore defender Drew Servais (Carmel, Ind.) assisted on the goal.

Junior defender Carson Reynolds (Versailles, Ky.) increased the margin to 2-0 with a goal in the 51st minute off a pass from freshman midfielder Joaquin Acuna (Santiago, Chile).

Junior forward John Wittich (West Chester, Ohio) converted a header off an assist from sophomore defender Drew Roberts (Goshen, Ky.) in the 52nd minute to bump the Panthers’ lead to 3-0.

Flora landed his second goal of the match with a chip shot over the outstretched arms of Bluffton goalie Jeff Yoder early in the 68th minute.

Just 32 seconds later, senior midfielder Bob Waldren (Indianapolis, Ind.) netted his first goal of the season for the final margin.

Hanover earned a 15-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Panthers are now 5-6-3 overall and 1-3-1 in the HCAC. Bluffton, meanwhile, dipped to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) statisics