NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A pair of players compiling their first collegiate goals helped lead Manchester University to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Coach Corey Brueggeman's squad got out of the gate quickly at Good Field in the Spartan Soccer Complex. Sophomore forward Alex Sanders (Kouts, Ind.) crashed the Bluffton University net along with fellow sophomore forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.) in the 12th minute with Sanders flicking in the score, off a DeWitt assist, past BU keeper Matt Hardman-Zimmerman to break up a scoreless tie. Another Alex, this one of the Baker brand out of Fort Wayne, Ind., took a beautifully placed free kick to the left of the Beavers' goal and launched a shot that eluded Hardman-Zimmerman for a 2-0 Spartans' advantage in the 24th minute.
MU's offense, led by four shot attempts from sophomore midfielder Nate Johnson (Portage, Ind.), out-shot the visitors 16-3. The heightened offensive attack made a winner out of junior net minder Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich.) who recorded one save over a 90-minute clean sheet, the fifth of his career.
Manchester University closes the 2016 season on the road Saturday, Oct. 29. They take on Earlham College in league action with a 3:30 p.m. start at Matlack Field in Richmond, Ind.