TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman advanced to the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament with a 3-0 victory over Hanover College on Tuesday night.
The second-seeded FEngineers will host Transylvania University, who upset No. 1 seed Earlham College earlier Tuesday. Transylvania and Earlham played to a 1-1 draw, before Transylvania advanced with a 4-2 victory in penalty kicks.
Sophomore Mike Smyser scored the first goal of the match in the 24th minute, on a crossing pass from senior Drew Belk to take a 1-0 lead into the half.
Belk then scored goals in the 63rd and 76th minutes to help Rose-Hulman advance to the HCAC championship match. Junior Drew Miller recorded six saves to lead the Engineer defensive effort.
Rose-Hulman and Transylvania will face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Engineer Intramural Field.
In other soccer news:
• ISU players honored by MVC — Freshman forward Abby Reed and freshman goalie Brittany San Roman have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week, announced by the league this week
Reed won her first Offensive Player of the Week honor, while San Roman picked up her first Goalie of the Week honors. This brings the Sycamores total of player of the week honors to three this season, with freshman goalie Abby Keller earning honors Oct. 1.
The freshman duo received the honors for their performances against Drake on Oct. 31. The Sycamores outlasted the Bulldogs in double overtime for a 1-0 win. The win helped secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming State Farm MVC tournament in Evansville and the highest finish in the 13 year program history for the Sycamores.
In addition, ISU wrapped up the program’s first winning regular season and extended its winning-streak to five games, which ties the program record.
Reed scored the golden goal in the 104th minute of the second overtime period as she spun around a defender inside the box to beat Bulldog keeper Amy Swanson. She currently leads the Sycamores with 20 points on nine goals and two assists.
San Roman posted six saves and her fourth shutout of the season in the double-overtime victory. She faced 17 Bulldog shots on the evening in 103:15 minutes of play.
The Sycamores are back in action on Friday for the State Farm MVC tournament semifinals against No. 6 Drake at 4:36 p.m. ET. The game can be seen online on Valley Live.
• Hanover tops Rose — Hanover College relied on a balanced performance to top Rose-Hulman 25-21, 25-21, 25-13 in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday night at Hulbert Arena.
Rachel Regenauer and Sarah Hasewinkel led Hanover with 11 kills each. Molly Murphy added 19 assists, and Kylie Justus had a team-high 23 digs for the Panthers.
Senior Casey Levitt capped her Rose-Hulman career with 10 kills to lead the Engineers. Morgan Dreyer and Sarah Jensen recorded 14 assists each, with senior Kate Dangel moving into third place in school history in digs with 24 in the match.
• Engineers honored — Rose-Hulman seniors Kate Dangel and Eric Schaible have been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week for their efforts last weekend.
Dangel was honored as the conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week, while Schaible took home the Football Special Teams Player of the Week award. The duo also was honored as the Terre Haute Exchange Club Players of the Week Award.
The honor marks the third Player of the Week Award for Dangel this season and the second for Schaible Coincidentally, this marks the second time that Dangel and Schaible have been named Players of the Week in the same week.
Dangel earned sixth career Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week Award for her efforts in wins over Manchester and Franklin last week. The civil engineering major led the Rose defense with 42 digs, averaging 7.0 digs per set, as the Engineers swept Franklin and Manchester to secure the No. 4 seed in the upcoming HCAC tournament.
For the season, Dangel leads Rose-Hulman with 571 digs (5.01 per match) and has increased her career total to 1,582 digs to rank fourth in program history. The Engineers (15-17) were slated to host Hanover in the first round of the conference tournament Tuesday.
Schaible averaged 41.9 yards per punt in Rose’s 34-0 win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday as part of the Engineers first shutout since 2006. The senior punter averaged 41.9 yards per kick, including a long of 51 yards, in the win. Schaible had four punts land within the 20-yard line to help the Engineers win the field possession battle.
• Rose gets school record — Rose-Hulman relied on a school record to top a Division I foe at the four-team Engineer Rifle Invitational on Sunday afternoon and evening at the Cook Stadium Rifle Range.
The Engineer four-person score of 2,280 in air rifle topped the previous school record of 2,272 set by Bryan Shaw, Dan Cloutier, Dave Cloutier and Jennifer Lowe in 2004-05.
This year’s performance by junior Allie Carlson, senior Evan Duvall, senior Suzanne Eisenberger and senior Adam Foss also helped the Engineers top the University of Tennessee-Martin women’s team in the match.
Ohio State captured top honors with 4,601 points to top Tennessee-Martin’s mixed team at 4581. Rose-Hulman had a season-high score of 4,470, followed by the Tennessee-Martin women’s squad at 4456.
Foss led the team effort with a score of 1,133, followed by Duvall at 1,122. Eisenberger fired a total score of 1,117 and Carlson rounded out the top four scores at 1,098.
Rose-Hulman returns to action with a home match against NCAA Division I Akron on Dec. 7.