Transylvania Selected to Win HCAC Men's Soccer Title Race

Transylvania Selected to Win HCAC Men's Soccer Title Race

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Transylvania University's men's soccer team has been selected as the front runner to win the 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The Pioneers received nine first-place votes and 91 total points in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches. Hanover College finished behind the Pioneers with 79 points and the final first place vote.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed third in the poll with 78 points.  Manchester University finished fourth with 68 points and was followed by Anderson Universty (54 points), Defiance College (45), Earlham College (43), Mount St. Joseph University (37), Franklin College (35), and Bluffton University (20).

Transylvania is coming off a 17-2 record in 2017.  The Pioneers finished first in the HCAC standings last fall with an 8-1 record.  Transylvania fell to Kenyon College 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, ending its season last fall.

The Pioneers return three first-team All-HCAC selections from their 2017 team, including the reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Senior midfielder Tyler Joy-Brandon (Lexington, Ky.) anchored a defensive unit that allowed a conference-best three goals in nine conference matches last season. Junior forward Alex Shkraba (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) and junior midfielder Charlie Wend (Hebron, Ky.) were also first-team selection from last year's squad. Shkraba contributed six goals, and Wend followed with eight goals last season. Together they tallied seven game-winning goals during the 2017 campaign.

Hanover College finished in a tie for second in the league standings last season with a 7-1-1 mark (12-4-2 overall).  The Panthers return two second-team All-HCAC selection from a year ago. Senior forward Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) started in 13 games as a junior and contributed seven goals and one assist to the Panthers offense. Sophomore back Myles Joseph (Lafayette, La.) also returns for Hanover. Joseph led a defense that totaled eight shutouts and allowed 15 goals last season as a freshman.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished in a tie for second in the league standings last season with a 7-1-1 mark (12-5-3 overall). The Fightin' Engineers ended the season with a 2-1 loss to Transylvania in double overtime in the HCAC tournament title match. Rose-Hulman returns one second-team All-HCAC member from last season's squad. Senior forward Will McGowen (Hinsdale, Ill.) contributed three goals, three assists, and two game-winning goals to the Fightin' Engineers offense last season. 

The 2018 men's soccer season is set to begin on August 31.

Players to Watch

Anderson       Jacob Pokorski       Senior       Midfield  
                           
        Sean Cain       Senior       Midfield  
                           
        Danny Collins       Junior       Midfield  
                           
        Drew Sonnefeldt       Sophomore       Back  
                           
Bluffton       Timothy Murphy       Sophomore       Midfield  
                           
        Christian Zapata       Sophomore       Midfield  
                           
        Alex Foster       Sophomore       Forward  
                           
        Nicholas Hoffman       Junior       Midfield  
                           
Defiance       Clay Musgrave       Senior       Goalkeeper  
                           
        Adam Ordel       Senior       Forward  
                           
        Christian Meister       Senior       Forward  
                           
        Bennett Pack       Sophomore       Back  
                           
Earlham       Nico Manni       Senior       Goalkeeper  
                           
        Padgett Gustavson       Junior       Midfield  
                           
        Yuki Adams       Senior       Midfield  
                           
        Liam Ferguson       Senior       Back  
                           
Franklin       Luke Oliver       Senior       Midfield  
                           
        Trey Floyd       Senior       Back  
                           
        Sam Stallsmith       Senior       Forward  
                           
Hanover       Tanner Korfhagen       Senior       Forward  
                           
        Chris Pitre       Sophomore       Midfield  
                           
        Josh Hughes       Sophomore       Forward  
                           
        Will Bedel       Sophomore       Goalkeeper  
                           
Manchester       Brandon Renninger       Junior       Back  
                           
        Drake DeWitt       Senior       Midfield  
                           
        Josh Gonzalez       Sophomore       Forward  
                           
        Jared Wondergem       Senior       Forward  
                           
MSJ       Seth Freppon       Senior       Forward  
                           
        Justin Ives       Sophomore       Midfield  
                           
        Andrew Phelps       Senior       Midfield  
                           
Rose-Hulman       Ethan Butler       Sophomore       Back  
                           
        Charles Lynch       Senior       Midfield  
                           
        Will McGowen       Senior       Forward  
                           
        Ross Klauer       Senior       Forward  
                           
Transylvania       Alex Shkraba       Junior       Forward  
                           
        Tyler Joy-Brandon       Senior       Back  
                           
        Charlie Wend       Junior       Midfield  
                           
        Caswell Fuller       Junior       Midfield