Men's Soccer Handles Earlham for Eighth Straight Win

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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 13-5 overall and 7-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer action with a 3-0 victory over Earlham College on a rainy Wednesday night.

Rose-Hulman earned its eighth straight victory and recorded its eighth shutout of the 2011 season in the performance.  The Fightin' Engineers also clinched a first-round home game in the four-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

Sophomore Ben Green (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) put the Engineers on the board in the first half, courtesy of an assist from sophomore Mike Schiff (Martinsville/Mooresville).

The lead reached 2-0 at halftime on the conference leading 19th goal of the season by senior Clint Vatterrodt (Bloomington, Ill./University).  Green provided his HCAC high ninth assist of the year on the score.

Junior B.J. Thompson (Princeton) capped the scoring with a goal in the 75th minute, on a pass from sophomore Drew Belk (Jasper).

Freshman Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) earned the start in goal and improved to 9-0 on the season with the win and six saves.

Vatterrodt led the offense with four shots, and junior Joe Byrd (Danville/Covenant Christian) added three shots.  The Engineers outshot Earlham 14-8 in the win.

Rose-Hulman stands 13-5 and 7-1 in league play, while Earlham dropped to 4-12-1 and 3-4-1 in conference matches.  The Fightin' Engineers host Defiance College in the Senior Day matchup at 3 p.m. on Saturday.