Spartans, Goshen play non-conference thriller
GOSHEN, IND. – Manchester University opened a rugged week of non-league matches Wednesday, Sept. 11, by taking in-state National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ rival Goshen to an extra session. Two goals in an eight-minute span from the waning moments of regulation into the first overtime lifted the home team to a 2-1 win.
The Spartans got out to a strong start at the GC Soccer Complex. Junior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) resumed her hot streak, posting a goal against the Maple Leafs’ defense in the eighth minute. Her sixth goal of the season, marking the fourth successive match in which she’s posted a score, nearly held up.
Behind another sparkling effort from the Black and Gold defense and junior goalkeeper Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.), MU maintained the advantage until the closing stages. In the 88th minute, the surging Goshen offense finally cracked the Spartans’ net with a strike from sophomore midfielder Anneliese Baer on a loose ball in the goal box. The two sides remained tied over six minutes into the first overtime before freshman defender Janeth Vela struck a ball from 25 feet out that got into the top corner for the Goshen win.
Willimann finished with 11 saves in the face of a 22-11 Maple Leafs’ shots advantage. Barta, besides accounting for the Spartans’ goal, also led the overall shots and shots and goal columns as all three of her attempts were on goal. Junior forward Breanna McLane (Westville, Ind.) added two overall shot tries that were both on goal.
Manchester University returns to Spartan Field for a key NCAA Division III regional clash with Thomas More Sunday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
Adrian topples MU men, women
ADRIAN, MICH. – Attempting to earn some team points in singles’ action before inclement weather intervened, Manchester University’s women’s tennis squad was stopped by Adrian College of Michigan 6-0 in a non-conference dual Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The Spartans, seeing their record go level (1-1), were topped in all three doubles’ matches and in singles competition at the number one, five and six spots by the host Bulldogs. However, seniors Abby Berry (Huntington, Ind.) and Brandy Leeper (Bremen, Ind.) and sophomore Megan Buckner (Muncie, Ind.) were each leading in the second set of their singles’ matches at numbers three through five before weather chased the teams from the courts at Craft Tennis Complex. Buckner and Leeper had each opened with first set wins.
MU and Adrian men’s teams squared off. The Spartans, falling to 0-2, were defeated 9-0, but senior Bobby Swaby (Farmersburg, Ind.) and freshman Stratton Smith (New Palestine, Ind.) each pushed their singles’ opponents to 7-5 second set scores.
The Black and Gold women’s team concludes its week by beginning the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference portion of its schedule Saturday, Sept. 14. A 10 a.m. dual at Transylvania University is on the docket.