Hanover’s Brady Gesenhues (above, 31) celebrates with teammate Ian Waldrop (11) after scoring a goal late in the first half of the Panthers’ 2-0 win over Manchester. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover’s Brady Gesenhues (above, 31) celebrates with teammate Ian Waldrop (11) after scoring a goal late in the first half of the Panthers’ 2-0 win over Manchester. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover dominated every facet of the game and rolled to a 2-0 win over Manchester in the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament Wednesday on campus.

The top-seeded Panthers outshot the Spartans 24-2, including 7-0 on goal, and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Hanover also committed only two fouls to nine by Manchester.

Despite the dominance, Hanover had trouble breaking through with a score against a squad with nothing to lose.

After repeated shots at the Spartan net, Hanover (12-5-1) finally broke through with what proved to be the game-winner in the 45th minute when Brady Gesenhues, a senior from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, took a through ball from Ian Waldrop and fired it into the net.

The Panthers picked up an insurance goal when Josh Hughes, a junior from Lafayette, Louisiana, hammered a shot from just inside the 18-yard box.

Those two goals were more than enough to post the victory with goalie Will Bedel not even needing to stop a shot in order to get the win.

The win sets up a championship today between Hanover and Rose-Hulman in three different sports. The Panthers and Fightin’ Engineers will meet in Hanover at 1 p.m. to settle the men’s soccer title and will square off at 1 p.m. in Terre Haute to decide the women’s soccer crown. The two schools will also face off in football in a battle for that championship.