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TERRE HAUTE, IND. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team will travel to Earlham College Tuesday for an important Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup that could help decide if the Engineers reach the conference tournament.

The Fightin’ Engineers (9-4-4, 5-2 HCAC) currently sit in fourth place in the HCAC with two regular-season matches remaining. The top four teams advance to the HCAC Tournament semifinals, set for Nov. 6.

Tuesday’s match is set for 4 p.m. at the host Quakers (2-10-2, 1-5-1 HCAC), who picked up their first league victory with Saturday’s 1-0 decision over Anderson University.

Rose-Hulman will hope to rebound from Saturday’s tough 1-0 overtime loss to league-leader Hanover College. Senior Nicky Wheeler (Avon, Ind./Avon) leads the Engineers with five goals and four assists, junior Haley O’Neil (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) adds three goals and six assists and sophomore Hayley Gilliam (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) has four goals and an assist.

Sophomore keeper Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) leads the HCAC in four major categories: save percentage (.939), goals-against average (0.44), saves (124) and shutouts (11). She’s given up just eight goals all season.

Earlham, the 2012 HCAC regular-season champion, is led by Cherrah Barclay with six goals. Keeper A.J. Johnson has seen the most time in goal, tallying 80 saves and a 2.33 goals-against average in 11 starts.

Rose-Hulman won the last meeting between the two teams, upsetting the Quakers on the road behind Amanda Kingman’s (Plano, Texas/Senior) goal in the first overtime. The setback was the lone conference loss for Earlham.

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