A span of playing four of its next six matches on the Good Field pitch begins, as Manchester University and neighboring National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ institution Huntington University meet up Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Match Details: Kickoff is 4 p.m. … The Spartans, looking to shake a pair of road losses this past weekend, bring a 2-4 record in. The Foresters are 5-2 due to winning three of their last four … Live statistics and video are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: For a second straight day, MU’s offense was blanked by a stout home defensive effort Sept. 16. North Coast Athletic Conference member and in-state NCAA Division III rival DePauw University thwarted the Spartans’ attempt at back-to-back victories in the all-time series, winning 2-0 at its home Reavis Stadium. Junior goalkeeper Justin Winterboer (Indianapolis, Ind.), in his second start of the season, repelled a pair of Tigers’ scoring chances, but the home side managed to send two into the back of the visiting net in the 43rd and 62nd minutes for the difference. Just as had occurred the night before in a 1-0 loss at Kalamazoo College, the Black and Gold offense was clean sheeted. Five different players from head coach Corey Brueggeman’s crew managed shot attempts with senior midfielder Josh McCoy (LaPorte, Ind.) and sophomore midfielder Nick Surber (Hebron, Ind.) each firing strikes on frame but to no avail … The evening prior at Kzoo’s MacKenzie Field, head coach Corey Brueggeman’s aimed five times at the Hornets’ goal, and senior goalkeeper Justin Meredith (Shelbyville, Ind.) posted five saves. However, when the clock reached quadruple zeroes in the second half, Kalamazoo’s defensive shutout and a 41st-minute scoring strike were the difference. Sophomore forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.), fresh off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and United Soccer Coaches Division III Offensive Player of the Week awards, tallied five total shots, two of which were sent away by home team netminder Luke Kastran. Senior forward Jared Wondergem (Hudsonville, Ind.) and senior midfielder Samuel Tetteh-Quarshie (Accra, Ghana) also aimed for a tying score but were dashed in each attempt … Four Manchester University players (freshman forward Drew Gavit of Fishers, Ind., Gonzalez, Tetteh-Quarshie, and Wondergem) are among the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s top 10 in goals. Gonzalez is tied for second, while the remaining trio is each in an eighth-place knot. Gonzalez and Wondergem join senior forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) among the first 10 in assists (DeWitt – No. 2 – four/Gonzalez – T-3rd – three/Wondergem – T-6th – two), and that same three are in similar territory in points (Gonzalez – 11 – T-3rd/DeWitt and Wondergem – six – T-8th).
Crossroads Week Continues: The Spartans take a short northern jaunt to Winona Lake Friday, Sept. 21, for a 7 p.m. clash against Grace College.