Men’s soccer preview: Defenders, Goalkeepers

Zach Barnes beats defender to ball



HANOVER, Ind. – With preseason camp underway, we will take our next look into the 2017 Hanover men’s soccer team by previewing the defenders and goalkeepers.

The Panthers made an impressive showing on defense in 2016. In 21 matches, only five opponents managed more than one goal in a match, and all five scored only two goals each. Hanover posted 10 shutouts and limited opponents to only 16 total goals the entire season.

Gone from last year’s team are first team all-conference selections Rafael Di Maio and Alex McSweeney. Di Maio was a two-time first team all-HCAC goalkeeper, while McSweeney also earned first team honors both as a junior and a senior as a defender.

Even with the graduation of Di Maio and McSweeney, head coach Matt Wilkerson will still return plenty of talent in 2017.

Seniors Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.), Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.), and Michael Dumaine (California, Ky.) are each back after serving as starters in 2016. Doering, a second team all-conference player last year, is the team’s most experienced defender having played in 55 matches with 48 starts in his career. Over three years, he has tallied five goals and four assists for 14 points.

Barnes has started 42 consecutive matches for the Panthers over the last two years and had two goals and four assists for seven points last year, while Dumaine was a first-time starter in 2016. He started 17 times in 21 contests played.

Junior Mathew Marchiorlatti (North Tustin, Calif.) is also back after seeing action in 14 matches last year. Through two seasons, the third-year player has played in 26 games with two starts.

Senior Dean Collier (Carmel, Ind.) and junior Logan Davis (Plainfield, Ind.), along with four freshmen will compete for playing time and be counted on to provide depth along the back line.

The team will have a new goalkeeper in 2017 as sophomore Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) and three freshmen compete for time in goal. Brashear impressed in over 400 minutes of action last year. In 10 matches, he started four and was part of three shutouts. The sophomore was named the HCAC Player of the Week once as a freshman after recording back-to-back shutouts against Franklin and Anderson.

With a group of talented freshmen joining an experienced group of upperclassmen, the Hanover defense should be strong once again in 2017.

The Panthers are scheduled to open the season Friday, Sept. 1 against DePauw at 5 p.m. in Hanover, Ind. Our next, and final, look at this year’s team will focus on the team’s midfielders.

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Contact: Mike Pritchard

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