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Men's Soccer Falls in HCAC Title in Penalty Kick Heartbreaker

Men's Soccer Falls in HCAC Title in Penalty Kick Heartbreaker

HANOVER, Ind. -- Hanover College scored in the final minute of regulation to force extra time, then won a penalty kick shootout over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer tournament championship on Saturday.

The Fightin' Engineers led 1-0 on a goal by Ryan Tarr in the 59th minute.  Tarr scored off a free kick assist from Eric Kirby.

Rose-Hulman led until the final minute of regulation, when Patrick Rowe ripped a shot to the top left corner of the net just over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Pascal Schlee.  The senior goalkeeper had four saves in the match, including a diving stop in the penalty kick shootout to keep the Engineers within striking range.

Hanover won the penalty shootout 4-2, despite made shots from Kirby and Andy June.  Hanover outshots the Engineers 13-7 in the contest, with Kirby leading the team with two shots.

Hanover advances to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 12-5-2 record, while the Fightin' Engineers cap their outstanding season at 16-3-1.  The two teams shared the HCAC regular season title, then played to an official draw in the HCAC Tournament title match.