The Hanover College men's soccer team raised its winning streak to a school-record six matches and tied the school mark for victories in a season with a 2-0 triumph on the road against Bluffton University (Ohio).
Freshman Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored his seventh goal of the season and sophomore Jacob Thomsen (Holte, Denmark) added his own goal as the Panthers improve to 9-5-1 overall to equal Hanover's 2001 and 2002 squads for the most wins in a season.
The Panthers remain undefeated in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play and atop the league standings with a 5-0 record.
Hanover outshot Bluffton 24-6 and enjoyed a 3-2 corner kick advantage.
Panther keeper Trevor Korfhagen (Cincinatti, Ohio) secured the win with a game-high three saves as Hanover improves to 9-5-1 overall.
Despite several near misses and out-shooting the Beavers 13-3 in the first period, Hanover was unable to crack the scoring column until the Panthers scored two goals in a four-minute span midway through the second period.
Eldridge struck first, converting a John Wittich (West Chester, Ohio) assist at the 58:50 mark.
Wittich leads the Panthers with four assists this season, while Eldridge leads the Panthers in goals scored.
Thomsen followed with an unassisted goal from the top of the box at the 62:48 mark.
Wittich and Eldridge both took six shots, while freshman Austin Bush (Washington, Ind.) had four.
With the loss, Bluffton falls to 0-12 overall and 0-5 in HCAC.
Published Saturday, October 19, 2013