NORTH OF MANCHESTER – The University of Manchester men’s football team have won their third straight game after a relentless 3-2 victory over Huntington on Wednesday 22 September.
The Black & Gold were first on the scoreboard in Wednesday’s rainy contest at Spartan Stadium. After the Foresters were unable to clear a Manchester corner, second Spartan Matt Brown (Carmel) fired a rocket into the net to give Manchester a 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute.
The Foresters tied the game in the 35th minute after a long volley from Pablo Garcia’s foot. Huntington had a slim 5-3 advantage in first-period shots as the two teams were tied at 1 in intermission.
The Spartans regained the advantage early in the second half following a goal from Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester). Kruschwitz’s 54th-minute goal was scored from 20 meters.
Huntington did not back down as the Foresters rallied to equalize once again in Wednesday’s game. In the 63rd minute, Nathan Lemmon sent a 20-yard volley past Manchester goalkeeper Adrian De Leon’s outstretched arm for the equalizer.
The Spartans took the lead in the 73rd minute as Harley Kruschwitz scored once again for Black & Gold. The current Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s offensive soccer player of the week now has seven goals this season.
For the game, Manchester outscored Huntington 19-10 – including a 16-5 margin in the second half. Black & Gold also held a 6-3 lead in corners taken.
Manchester (3-4-1) won their third game in a row, while Huntington have fallen to 5-4 this season.
The Spartans will return to action on Wednesday, September 29 when they host Franklin College at Spartan Stadium to play at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Falls Women’s Soccer in St. Mary’s
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Manchester women’s football team lost a 3-0 road decision to St. Mary’s College on Wednesday 22 September.
Host Belles scored all three goals in the second half. Rose Stackhouse scored her seventh goal of the season 59 seconds after the start of the second period. Katie Harrington (48th minute) and Mary Kaczynski (78th minute) completed the scoring for SMC.
Adelle Stanko (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) led Manchester with three shots in the game. Becca Colbert (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) made 10 saves in goal.
The Spartans (1-4) will travel to Alma College for another non-conference game on Saturday, September 25. Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
The Belles have gone to 7-1 this season. SMC will play in Heidelberg on Saturday 25 September.
Volleyball makes a strong comeback and stuns Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Michigan – The University of Manchester volleyball team came back from a two-set deficit to knock out host Kalamazoo College Hornets in five sets on Wednesday, September 22.
The Hornets took a two-set advantage after winning the first two frames by 25-18 and 25-19.
Manchester did not wither, roaring in the third and fourth sets both by 25-15.
The fifth and final set remained tight as neither team led by more than two points. After falling behind 13-12, the Black & Gold ended the game with a decisive 4-1 streak. Back-to-back wins for Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) and Sara Shultz (Churubusco, Ind./East Noble) sealed Manchester’s victory.
The Spartans came away with 14 blocks total in Wednesday’s game while limiting the Hornets to just a .016 hit percentage. Kalamazoo hit -.103 and -.175 in the third and fourth sets.
Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and Erika Kramer (Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur) led the block party with a pair of solo blocks. Camp added five assists while Kramer assisted on four blocks. Sara Shultz and Halle Planck added four and three assists, respectively.
Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Sara Shultz both finished Wednesday’s game with 11 kills. Carly Ripberger (Tipton, Ind./Tipton) had 34 assists, while Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) led Black & Gold with 25 digs.
Manchester have improved to 6-7 this season and are now 3-1 in five set matches. Kalamazoo fell to 3-7 over the year.
These two teams will meet on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in Angola, Ind. as part of the tri-match of the Trines. Following their second straight game with the Hornets, Manchester will face the Trine Thunder to wrap up play on Saturday at 3pm.