The Hanover College men’s soccer squad rallied for a 4-1 win against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Down 1-0 early in the contest, Hanover rallied with a goal midway through the first period and three during a five-minute span in the second half to keep the Panthers unbeaten in the squad’s last three outings (2-0-1).
Junior forward John Wittich (West Chester, Ohio), sophomore forward Matt Flora (North Vernon, Ind.) and freshman forward Vicente Munoz (Santiago, Chile) each recorded a goal and an assist.
Freshman midfielder Joaquin Acuna (Santiago, Chile) also hit the back of the net for Hanover, which improved to 6-6-3 overall and 2-3-1 in the Heartland Conference.
Mount St. Joseph (2-11-1; 0-5 HCAC) grabbed the lead in the 13th minute on a goal from Christopher Earls.
The Panthers tied the match at 1-1 in the 29th minute when Wittich lofted a ball over the Lions’ Tyler Kenyon into the upper-right corner of the net for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Hanover, which outshot Mount St. Joseph 8-1 in the second half, used a three-goal burst during a five-minute stretch early in the period to put the contest out of reach.
Munoz converted a header in traffic at the left side of the net for a goal to nudge the Panthers ahead 2-1 in the 52nd minute. Flora and sophomore defender Drew Servais (Carmel, Ind.) assisted on the goal, which was the second of Munoz’s career.
Flora increased the lead to 3-1 when he scored in the 55th minute for his third goal of the season. Munoz and sophomore defender Ryan Moriarty (Louisville, Ky.) combined to push the pace downfield, with Munoz feeding a ball into open space for Flora to go one-on-one against the Lions’ Jonathan Hurley.
Fewer than two minutes later, Acuna capped Hanover's scoring with his first collegiate goal on a drive from 18 yards out off an assist from Wittich.
The Panthers finished the match with a 17-6 advantage in shots, but just a 7-4 cushion in shots on goal.
Sophomore netminder Trevor Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted three saves in more than 80 minutes in Hanover's net.
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012