A Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title slipped through the hands of Hanover College’s men’s soccer team as the Panthers fell 1-0 in double overtime to Defiance College (Ohio).
Defiance’s Drew Metz scored with fewer than five minutes left in the second overtime period to spoil Hanover’s shot at an out-right league championship.
With the loss, the Panthers dipped to 10-7-2 overall, including a 6-2-1 finish in league play. The squad will be the No. 3 seed in the Heartland Conference’s post-season tournament and will open on the road against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Hanover earned a 24-10 advantage in shots, with a 10-4 edge in shots on goal. Freshman forward Austin Bush (Washington, Ind.) led the Panthers' attack with four shots.
Three times during the match, the Yellow Jackets had one-on-one opportunities against Hanover junior goalkeeper Trevor Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Korfhagen, who had three saves in the contest, turned away two of the attempts, but could not when Metz was able to dribble out of a small cluster to roll the spoiler into the left side of the net.
Defiance ends its season 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the Heartland Conference.
Published Saturday, November 2, 2013