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Hanover rallies past MSJ
Courier Sports Staff
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:00 AM
DISBELIEF: Hanover College forward John Wittich, a junior from West Chester, Ohio, drops to the ground in disbelief (above) after failing to score despite beating College of Mount St. Joseph goalie Tyler Kenyon one-on-one just in front of the goal (below) in the first half of Tuesday’s game at L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex. Wittich made good on a shot just minutes later and the Panthers rallied to beat the Lions 4-1 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game in Hanover. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell)
Hanover College's men's soccer squad rallied for a 4-1 win over the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match Tuesday at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.
Hanover trailed 1-0 early in the contest before rallying with a goal midway through the first period and three more over a five-minute span in the second half to improve to 6-6-3 overall and 2-3-1 in the HCAC.
John Wittich, a junior forward from West Chester, Ohio; Matt Flora, a sophomore forward from North Vernon; and Vicente Munoz, a freshman forward from Santiago, Chile; each recorded a goal and an assist for Hanover. Joaquin Acuna, a freshman midfielder from Santiago also found the back of the net for Hanover.
Mount St. Joseph (2-11-1; 0-5 HCAC) had grabbed the lead in the 13th minute on a goal from Christopher Earls but the Panthers tied the match 1-1 in the 29th minute when Wittich lofted a ball over Lions' goalie Tyler Kenyon into the upper-right corner of the net for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Hanover then outshot Mount 8-1 in the second half, using a three-goal barrage during a five-minute stretch early in the period to put the contest out of reach.
Munoz converted a header in traffic at the left side of the net for a 2-1 Hanover lead in the 52nd minute. Flora and Drew Servais, a sophomore defender from Carmel, assisted on the goal, which was the second of Munoz's career.
Flora upped the lead to 3-1 in the 55th minute on his third goal of the season when Munoz and Ryan Moriarty, a sophomore defender from Louisville, Ky., push the ball downfield, with Munoz feeding it into an open space for Flora to go one-on-one against the Lions' Jonathan Hurley.
Less than two minutes later, Acuna capped Hanover's scoring with his first collegiate goal on a drive from 18 yards out off an assist from Wittich.
Trevor Korfhagen, a sophomore goalie from Cincinnati, posted three saves in more than 80 minutes in Hanover's goal.
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