NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – It was a just what the doctor ordered kind of afternoon for Manchester University Wednesday, Oct. 11.
The host Spartans, in high need of a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory, got the elixir in the form of a 5-0 win over Franklin College. A crowd of better than 75 fans braved the soggy and cool weather to see coach Corey Brueggeman’s side deliver a balanced attack with five different players tallying goals in support of senior goalkeeper Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich.) and his 10th career clean sheet.
Keeping pressure on the visiting Grizzlies throughout, MU (5-8 overall, 1-3 HCAC) jumped out to an early lead when junior midfielder Ben Niederhelman (Ross, Ohio) curled around a defender outside the box and hammered a shot that eluded FC netminder Garrett Belden into the left side of the goal for a 1-0 edge in the sixth minute. The Spartans weren’t finished in the first 45, either, as junior forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) and sophomore forward Adrian Mulenga (Avon, Ind.) posted scores inside the final 10 minutes for a 3-0 halftime lead. Brueggeman’s bunch didn’t stop there, either, as sophomore defender Nash Walker (West Lafayette, Ind.) and junior midfielder Nate Johnson (Portage, Ind.) registered goals in the early stages of the second half to wrap up the final.
Freshman forward Josh Gonzalez made himself a well-known commodity in the Franklin end of the field with nine total shots of which three were on goal. His attempt totals led a 35-12 home team advantage.
Manchester University continues its current homestand, welcoming league-leading and unbeaten Transylvania University to Good Field for a 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.