DEFIANCE, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology secured its sixth consecutive winning season in men's
soccer with a 2-1 victory at Defiance College in the season finale
The Fightin' Engineers finished at 8-7-4 and would have
qualified for the HCAC Tournament if Earlham College had defeated
Franklin College on Saturday. The two teams played to a 1-1
Senior Mitch Buffington (O'Fallon, Ill.)
scored both goals for the Engineers in the match.
Buffington scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to
snap a 1-1 tie. He scored in the 11th minute on an assist
from junior Clint Vatterrodt (Bloomington,
Ill./University) to give Rose-Hulman the early
The Engineers outshot Defiance 20-8 in the match, with
senior Andy Kruth (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge)
picking up the victory in goal with four saves.
Buffington recorded a team-high six shots in the
victory. Vatterrodt and senior Paul Bouagnon
(Bloomington, Ill./University) contributed four shots
The match marked the final contest for 10 seniors that
combined to compile a 46-24-10 mark during their playing careers,
including a trip to the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament.
The senior class also finished 26-3-4 in Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference play.
Rose-Hulman finished 8-7-4 overall and 5-2-2 in league
play, while Defiance finished its season at 5-11-2.
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