TERRE HAUTE, IND. – A spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament is on the line when the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's soccer team hosts Manchester University in the Engineers' regular-season finale at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers (8-5-4, 5-1-2 HCAC) need a victory or a tie to guarantee itself a berth into the four-team tournament, set to begin Nov. 5. If RHIT can get a victory, it will keep keep the hope of hosting a semifinal game alive, depending on other Saturday results around the conference.
Saturday will also mark the Engineers' senior day, when it honors its nine seniors -- Will Senat (Edmond, Okla./North), Drew Belk (Jasper, Ind./Jasper), Mike Schiff (Martinsville, Ind./Mooresville), Alec Houpt (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), Marshall Ishmael (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut), Spencer Johnson (Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian),
John Munson (Bloomington, Ill./University), Max Brown (Atlanta, Ga./Chamblee Charter) and Ben Green (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) -- in a short ceremony prior to the start of the contest, which will follow the women's game (1 p.m.) at the Intramural Field.
Belk leads Rose-Hulman with 11 goals and two assists and Senat adds five goals and five assists. Junior keeper Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) leads the conference in goals-against average (0.62) to go along with an .841 save percentage and 58 saves.
Manchester (3-12-2, 2-6-1) dropped a 2-1 decison to Anderson Wednesday. The Spartans have four players with two goals and six players with one goal apiece to lead a balanced offensive attack. Craig Thacker has 10 starts in goal, 66 saves to go along with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .688 save percentage.
Rose-Hulman won the last meeting between the two teams, defeating Manchester 3-0 on the road.
Live stats will be available from the contest at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/rhit.portal