RICHMOND, Indiana - League-leading Hanover College escaped Matlack-Messer Stadium with a 1-0 victory over the Earlham College men's soccer team in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Wednesday evening.
Ethan Miller broke free down the near side of the pitch in the 35th minute and sent a cross towards the far post. Brad Gesenhues rose up and headed it past Earlham goalkeeper, junior Nicola Manni, for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Earlham's best chance to score game in the 32nd minute when senior Vojislav Tatarevic found space and fired a low shot from 35 yards out that glanced off the post. Hanover was able to end the threat with a clearance just before the Quakers could pounce on the loose ball.
Scoring chances were few and far between for Earlham as Hanover, who came in as one of the best defensive teams in the league, held the Quakers to five shots in the game including two in the second half. The Panthers took 20 shots as a team including eight on goal, but Manni made seven saves.
Earlham (2-11-1, 2-3-1 HCAC) hosts Franklin College at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday as part of Homecoming Weekend.