NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – In a non-conference match that saw Manchester University head coach Corey Brueggeman go deep into his bench Tuesday, Sept. 20, the host Spartans gave a crowd of better than 100 plenty to cheer about.
A pair of underclassmen, sophomore midfielder Ryan Morley (Canton, Mich.) and freshman forward Adrian Mulenga (Avon, Ind.), each posted goals to go with scoring strikes from the upperclassman midfield duo of junior Luke Headings (Bluffton, Ohio) and senior Colin Singer (Columbus, Ind.) as part of a 5-1 victory over visiting Andrews University of Michigan. The Cardinals, dipping to 1-6, managed to answer Morley’s quick tally which occurred just 1:06 in, with a goal at 10:35, but Headings’ successful attempt down the right side off a nifty set of passes from senior forward Chris Hosier (Kokomo, Ind.) and freshman defender Max Baker (Fort Wayne, Ind.) less than four minutes before halftime turned the tide back to the Black and Gold (4-0-2) permanently.
MU held a 35-9 shots advantage on their guests. Sophomore forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) and sophomore midfielder Ben Niederhelman (Ross, Ohio) combined for 14 with eight and six, respectively. Junior net minder Brady Forman gained his fourth win of the season and the 12th of his collegiate career, gathering four saves in 90 minutes.
The Spartans, a victory away from equaling the 2007 squad’s previous unbeaten best start (5-0), hosts Finlandia College of Michigan Friday, Sept. 23. Kickoff is 5 p.m. on Good Field at the Spartan Soccer Complex.