TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's soccer team will travel to Penn State Behrend in the opening round of the NCAA Division III men's soccer championships, with the match set for Thursday at 6 p.m.
The winner will take on No. 1-ranked Ohio Wesleyan (19-0-3), which received a first-round bye, on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Delaware, Ohio.
Penn State Behrend (16-4-1) captured its sixth Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship Saturday, defeating Medaille, 1-0. It was the Lions' second title in the past three seasons. Penn State Behrend is currently on a six-game winning streak, where the Lions have allowed just two goals. Penn State Behrend's four losses have come to Hiram, Case Western, Houghton and Medaille.
After capturing Saturday's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 1-0, overtime victory over Transylvania, the Engineers (11-5-4) earned their third trip to the NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament.
Rose-Hulman's last berth came in 2011, when the Engineers defeated Earlham 5-1 in the HCAC tournament championship and went on to play No. 8 Ohio Northern in the first round of the NCAAs, where they fell, 2-0. RHIT also advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2008, falling to Dominican (3-1) in the first round.
Senior forward Drew Belk (Jasper, Ind./Jasper) has led the Engineers in goals nearly all season, as he accounted for the game winner in the 101st minute in Saturday's championship win to give him 15 scores on the year. Belk was named the HCAC Tournament MVP for his play, which included two goals in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Hanover.
Senior teammate Will Senat (Edmond, Okla./North) adds eight goals and five assists and classmate Ben Green (Frisco, Texas/Centennial) adds three goals and eight assists.
Junior keeper Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) has been stellar in the net all season, as he, along with backup Alec Houpt (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) helped the Engineers set a new team record for shutouts with 11. Miller brings into the NCAA Tournament a 0.54 goals against average and a .857 save percentage, allowing just 11 goals in 20 contests.
The Engineers are no stranger to overtime matches in 2013, as Rose-Hulman has played teams to extra time seven times this season. The Engineers are 2-1-4 in overtime contests.
All of Rose-Hulman's HCAC tournament championships and NCAA tournament appearances have come under the tutelage of sixth-year coach Sean Helliwell, who has recorded a 73-34-15 overall record since taking over the helm. That mark includes a dominating 46-6-6 record against HCAC opponents.
Live stats and video for Thursday's contest will be available at http://livestats.prestosports.com/behrend/
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