HANOVER, Ind. – Behind a hat trick from senior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio), the Hanover men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 home victory over Wilmington (Ohio) Wednesday evening.
Korfhagen, who has scored in four consecutive outings, picked up his first three-goal performance of his Hanover career and has logged a trio of multi-score games since joining the program prior to the 2017 season. At the conclusion of the match, the senior leads the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in goals (7) and points (14).
Sophomore Chris Pitre (Belle Chasse, La.) notched his first points of 2018, recording a first half goal and assist Wednesday. Freshman Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.), fresh off being named the to the Fred Myers-Adidas Challenge all-tournament team last weekend, picked up his first career assist.
The Panthers (2-3-0) got off to a quick start as Korfhagen lit up the scoreboard in the fifth minute. Off a congested corner kick from freshman Fernando Martin (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil), the senior found possession and fired his first shot of the match past the Quaker net minder.
Hanover did not take long to add its second goal of the contest, as Pitre followed in the 11th minute with a rifle from nearly 30 yards out. Redmon's assist came on the play as he dropped it off to Pitre before the blast.
Korfhagen continued the momentum with his second score of the night in the 24th minute. Pitre logged a through ball into Korfhagen who scored from the six-yard box.
With HC's offensive prowess, Wilmington did not record its first shot attempt until the 26th minute. The Panthers held a 13-3 edge in shots over the opening 45 minutes of play.
Just as they did in the first half, the Blue and Red found the back of the net early in the second stanza, as Korfhagen capped his hat-trick performance in the 50th minute. The senior's forecheck resulted in a Quaker turnover and after gaining possession, Korfhagen was able to beat the keeper in a one-on-one situation.
Hanover had three more shots come on goal in the second half and sophomore goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) needed to make just one save to secure his first clean sheet of the season. Bedel now has seven shutouts in his brief collegiate career.
Overall, Hanover held a 27-9 edge in total shot attempts, including an 11-1 advantage on goal. Korfhagen paced the Panthers with five attempts, while sophomore Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) and freshman Leonardo Bottura (Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil) each added four shots.
The match also featured 20 total fouls and six cards. The Panthers were booked for two yellows, while the Quakers picked up three yellow cards and one red card, leaving them with 10 players on the field over the final 17-plus minutes.
Hanover will return to the road as they are scheduled to trek to Wabash (Ind.) at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16. The Panthers defeated the Little Giants at home in overtime last fall, 2-1.
Contact: Tyler Jester