HANOVER, Ind. – The Panther men's soccer team staged a second half comeback to defeat Transylvania in a pivotal Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday afternoon, 2-1.
With the win, Hanover (8-5-1 overall, 5-1-0 HCAC) hands the Pioneers their first conference loss of the season.
Both teams played a competitive first half with neither team able to gain an edge before junior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) and the Panther attack played a ball on frame in the 27th minute that was saved by the Pioneer keeper.
Transylvania finally found an opportunity in the 38th minute and executed as their first shot of the contest resulted in a goal, 1-0.
The Panthers entered the break with a game-high six shots, while the defense held the opposition to just two attempts.
Hanover had a chance at the equalizer early in the second half as sophomore Carlos Schryver (Sao Paulo ,Brazil) took a shot from just inside the 16-yard box that was saved by the Pioneer goalkeeper.
Junior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) would get a good look in the 58th minute that was just right of an empty net before Schryver provided another impressive shot that fell to the feet of the Transylvania defense.
The sophomore would deem clutch in the 64th minute as he hit a header into the left of frame off an assist from Hughes that knotted the contest, 1-1.
The Blue and Red would complete the second half comeback as sophomore Patrick Rowe (Terre haute, Ind.) fired off a fantastic shot from just inside the 16-yard box that passed just over the outreached hand of the Pioneer goalkeeper for the game-winning goal, 2-1.
As a team, the Panthers finished with 15 shots, five of which landed on frame.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, October 26 as they play host to Anderson. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.