NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – An eight-goal second half barrage ensured Manchester University’s move to the .500 mark Saturday, Sept. 8.
There were multiple offensive highlights in a dazzling 11-0 roll over Blackburn College of Illinois much to the delight of a hearty group of fans gathered at Good Field on a cold and rainy afternoon. Leading the way were senior midfielder Samuel Tetteh-Quarshie (Accra, Ghana) and freshman midfielder Drew Gavit (Fishers, Ind.) who rifled a pair of goals apiece into the visiting net. Sophomore forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) added his name to the highlight reel, wrapping up a four-goal, three-assist weekend with his second successive game-winning strike as part of an attack that produced the program’s most scores in a match since September 2014.
MU’s offense made itself at home near the opposition goal throughout the contest. The Black and Gold tallied 38 shots, 28 which were on frame as Gonzalez led the charge with seven total and five strikes on goal.
On the defensive end, the effort was just as impressive. Head coach Corey Brueggeman’s granite-like backline upped its current scoreless string to just under 100 minutes, keeping the Beavers offense off the scoreboard. The clean sheet enabled junior Justin Winterboer(Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Manny Brewer (Decatur, Ind.) to share a complete-game shutout in the MU net.
Manchester University (2-2) continues its non-conference slate taking back to the road Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. They face off against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Kalamazoo Saturday at 5 p.m. and then traverse southward to Greencastle, Ind., for a clash with fellow NCAA Division III institution DePauw University Sunday at 3 p.m.