Hughes Nets Game-Winner to Lift the Panthers Past Rose-Hulman

Hughes Nets Game-Winner to Lift the Panthers Past Rose-Hulman

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College men's soccer team knocked off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Rose-Hulman in exciting fashion on Wednesday afternoon following a two-goal outburst by junior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.), 2-1. 

As a team, the Panthers (6-5-1 overall, 3-1-0 HCAC) took a game-high seven shots, six of which were on frame. With the win, Hanover hands Rose-Hulman their first conference loss of the season.

The Panthers and Fightin' Engineers opened the contest in a deadlock with neither team being able to gain any ground before junior Brad Simpson (Allen, Texas) looked to beat the Rose-Hulman defense but was denied by the keeper.

The Fightin' Engineers would get their first shot of the contest after getting a cross in the 31st minute that played right into the hands of junior, goalkeeper, Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.).

After a scoreless first half, the Panthers looked to pressure the frame early as sophomore Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) played a pass from junior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) that came up empty in the 51st minute.

Rsoe-Hulman would get several chances midway through the half as they fired off three separate shots that all fell at the feet of the Panther defensemen.

Hanover broke the scoreless tie in the 63rd minute as sophomore Fernando Martin (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) played the sideline before sending a ball into the box for Hughes and the go-ahead goal, 1-0.

However, the excitement didn't last long for the Panthers as a failed clear in the 71st minute resulted in a game tying goal, 1-1.

The game-winning dagger came in the 63rd minute as Hughes connected for an acrobatic goal following an assist by sophomore Evan Redmon (Louisville, Ky.), 2-1.

In frame, Bedel collected the win making two saves through 90 minutes of work.

The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 as they travel north to Bluffton. Kick off with the Beavers is set for 3:30 P.M.