Men's Soccer Tops MSJ 8-0 to Reach HCAC Title Match


senat-iwuTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored six first half goals and advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship Game with an 8-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday night.

Rose-Hulman will host No. 4 seeded Earlham College in the HCAC Tournament championship match on Saturday at 1 p.m.  Earlham advanced with a 0-0 draw against top seeded Transylvania University, but the Quakers won the penalty kick shootout by a 4-2 count.

Sophomore William Senat (Edmond, Okla./North) and sophomore Drew Belk (Jasper, Ind.) led the offensive effort with two goals each. 

Sophomore Ryan Rieboldt (Grafton, Wis.), junior Adam Carlson (Brownsburg) and senior Tim Hollingshead (St. Peters, Mo./Lutheran) also scored for the Engineers, who also benefited from one own goal on a Mount St. Joseph deflection.

Freshman Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) recorded his seventh shutout of the season and improved to 11-0 overall in goal.

Rose-Hulman started the scoring just three minutes in on a crossing pass from sophomore John Munson (Bloomington, Ill./University) to make the score 1-0.

Senat scored in the 22nd minute to make the score 2-0 on an assist from senior Clint Vatterrodt (Bloomington, Ill./University).  Following the own goal in the 26th minute, Rieboldt scored on another crossing pass from Munson in the 33rd minute.

Munson provided his third assist of the day and Rose-Hulman claimed a 5-0 lead on Carlson's goal in the 40th minute.  Hollingshead rounded out the first half scoring with a penalty kick goal.

With his effort, Munson tied a school record shared by nine other players with three assists in the match.  He also grabbed a new school record with 10 assists this season.  Vatterrodt also established a new single-season school record with 48 points.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman played primarily reserves and secured the victory with a steady effort offensively and defensively.  Belk scored in the 49th minute on assists from Carlson and freshman Daniel Koester (Seymour). 

Belk then closed out the scoring in the 63rd minute by scoring off a corner from junior Joe Byrd (Martinsville/Mooresville).  The Fightin' Engineers outshot Mount St. Joseph 23-5 in the match.

Rose-Hulman won its school record 10th consecutive match with the victory and improved to 15-5 on the season.  The Fightin' Engineers hope to earn the second NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in program history on Saturday.