November 2, 2013

Women's Soccer Drops Overtime Decision to Manchester

TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Two excellent performances from both goalkeepers sent Saturday's match into overtime, but it was Manchester University who came away from the Intramural Field with a 1-0 overtime victory over the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's soccer team in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The Engineers (10-5-4, 6-3 HCAC) enter Wednesday's HCAC Tournament as the four-seed, and will travel to No. 1-seed Hanover College for a 2 p.m. matchup. Rose-Hulman qualified for the conference tournament with a 2-1 win over Earlham Oct. 29, marking the first time the Engineers have made the postseason since 2009.

Manchester's (12-6, 8-1 HCAC) Hannah Field scored the game winner just two minutes into the first overtime, firing a pass from teammate Katelyn Barta that found itself just inside the left goal post in the 92nd minute.

Prior to that goal, Rose-Hulman sophomore goalkeeper Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) stopped 11 shots in the match, including an incredible save in the 33rd minute. Barta fired a blast that appeared would sneak in under the crossbar, but Combs jumped up to punch it away and stop the threat.

Senior Nicky Wheeler (Avon, Ind./Avon) had two close opportunities to put the Engineers on the board, the first in the 57th minute on a give-and-go from sophomore teammate Kate DeMoss (Martinsville, Ind./Roncalli), but the shot went wide. She had another breakaway chance with just 1:48 left in regulation, but Manchester keeper Emily Willmann made a great save to send the match into overtime.

Wheeler led the Engineers with six shots, including three on goal. Rose-Hulman was outshot 27-8 in the contest, and Manchester held the advantage on corner kicks, 4-0.

Manchester clinched the No. 2-seed in the tournament with the victory, as the Spartans will host three-seed Transylvania in Tuesday's other semifinal. The winners will face off at the highest-remaining seed on Saturday for the HCAC Tournament championship.  

HCAC TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
Semifinals - Wed., Nov. 6
Game 1: #3 Transylvania at #2 Manchester; 2 p.m.
Game 2: #4 Rose-Hulman at #1 Hanover; 2 p.m.

Championship - Sat., Nov. 9
(at best remaining seed)
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2; 1 p.m.