Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will open the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament with a matchup against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday night in Wheaton, Ill.
Rose-Hulman and Wisconsin-Whitewater are part of a four-team first and second round site that includes host Wheaton College and Lake Forest College. The Fightin' Engineers will meet Wisconsin-Whitewater at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. The winner returns to action in round two of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 5 p.m. Central Time.
Rose-Hulman has a record of 13-2-5 entering the NCAA Tournament. The Fightin' Engineers have not lost in their last 14 matches dating back to Sept. 16.
Wisconsin-Whitewater has a record of 14-3-1 and is nationally ranked in both NCAA Division III men's soccer national poll. The Warhawks are ranked No. 13 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and stand No. 16 in the D3soccer.com national top 25 poll.
Rose-Hulman defeated Hanover in penalty kicks on Saturday to qualify for its third consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament. The Fightin' Engineers battled Hanover to a 0-0 draw in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game, then won a penalty kick shootout by a 4-3 count to punch their postseason ticket.
The Fightin' Engineers have qualified for four of the last five NCAA Division III Tournaments, highlighted by an upset of then No. 1 ranked Ohio Wesleyan in round two of the 2013 tournament.
Junior Ben Lyon and sophomore Austin Webb lead the Rose-Hulman offense with 19 points each. Webb has a team-high eight goals with three assists, with Lyon contributing seven goals and five assists. Junior Alex Jansen has pitched in with seven goals and four assists, and senior Dieter Schultz leads the squad with seven assists.
Defensively, Rose-Hulman has allowed just 15 goals in 20 matches with a 0.71 goals against average. Sophomore Carter Wright is 10-1-5 with a 0.69 goals against average, 59 saves and an .843 save percentage as the primary goalkeeper.
Other consistent starters for Rose-Hulman have included senior Mike Smyser, junior Nick Kowalkowski, sophomores Trevor Bednarek, Davis Ferriell and Turner Perkins, and freshmen Erik Eksten and Charles Lynch.