Panthers battle Engineers in HCAC semifinals

GREENWOOD, IN – The Earlham College men’s soccer program earned its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and secured the top seed for the league tournament. The top-seeded Quakers will tangle with No. 4 Transylvania University (Ky.) in one semifinal, while second seeded Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will host No. 3 Hanover College in the second semifinal.

Earlham earned the Heartland Conference title with a 1-0 victory against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), Nov. 2. Sophomore Jacob Ebbs scored the game’s only goal in the victory.

The Quakers finished the regular season with an 11-8 overall record and a 7-2 mark in conference play.

Rose-Hulman finished one point behind the Quakers in the league standings with a 6-1-2 league record. The Engineers fell to Earlham, 1-0,  Oct. 30, which would have given the league title to the Engineers.

Earlham will face Transylvania at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the semifinals. The Quakers pulled out a 3-1 win against the Pioneers back on Oct. 22. Ebbs scored the game-winning goal, finding the back of the net in the 40th minute of play.

Transylvania finished the season 12-4-2 overall and 6-2-1 in conference action.

Rose-Hulman (9-5-4; 6-1-2 HCAC) and Hanover (10-7-2; 6-2-1 HCAC) will meet in Terre Haute, Ind., in the second men’s semifinal. The Engineers and Panthers tied 0-0 when the two squads met Oct. 26. The contest will get underway at 7 p.m., Nov. 5.

The winner of the conference tournament will earn the Heartland Conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament that is slated to begin Nov. 15.

The highest remaining seed after the two semifinals will host the tournament championship at 1 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 9.

Preview courtesy of the Heartland Conference