TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opens the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament with a semifinal round home match on Wednesday at 7.
The Fightin' Engineers earned a share of the HCAC regular season championship this fall to claim their third conference title in the last five years. Rose-Hulman is also the defending HCAC Tournament champions and could make their third trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament since 2008 with two victories this week.
Rose-Hulman stands 12-4-3 overall and finished 8-0-1 in league play. The Fightin' Engineers have closed the season with an 11-1-1 mark in their last 13 matches.
Third-seeded Anderson University relied on a strong finish to the regular season to qualify for the HCAC Tournament. The Ravens moved from fifth to third in the conference standings with wins of 4-1 over Manchester and 2-1 over Franklin last week.
Anderson also rides its own wave of momentum into the match, with a 5-1-1 mark in its last seven matches.
The winner of Wednesday's semifinal match will advance to the HCAC Tournament championship match against the winner of Wednesday night's matchup between No. 1 seeded Transylvania and No. 4 Franklin. The match will be hosted by the best remaining seed on Saturday.
Students from Rose-Hulman and Anderson will be admitted free to the match. Admission for all other fans has been set at $6 in accordance with HCAC Tournament policy.