Hanover, Ind. – The No. 20 nationally-ranked Transylvania men's soccer team collected a critical win on Wednesday afternoon at the Hanover Athletic Complex, winning 2-0 over the Hanover College Panthers.
In a matchup of two teams which carried identical 3-0 records in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play entering the afternoon, the undefeated Pioneers entered the afternoon hungry for a potential win to vault them to the top of the conference table.
Receiving an offensive lift for the second straight match from sophomore forward Charlie Wend, the Pioneers came away with an uplifting victory which pushed their record to 11-0 overall.
Wend, the reigning HCAC Offensive Player of the Week after recording a brace in Saturday's 2-1 win at Defiance, replicated his performance Wednesday afternoon in a match with raised implications.
The sophomore took a service ball in the box and delivered a clean-cut shot to the back of the net in the 20th minute against Hanover to provide the Pioneers with a 1-0 lead; the goal would eventually serve as the game-winner.
From there, Transylvania's conference-leading defense locked in, yielding few opportunities for Hanover as the afternoon progressed. Come afternoon's end, the Panthers had been held to only two shots on goal for 90 minutes.
With the match in hand, Wend added luster to his ongoing week of excellence, scoring the second goal of the match in the 88th minute to secure the day for Transylvania.
Transylvania recorded its seventh shutout of the year in 11 matches with Wednesday's result.
Transylvania moves to 4-0 on the HCAC table, one game and three points ahead of Hanover, which falls into second place.
The Pioneers next play at Manchester University on Saturday, October 14. Opening kick is set for 3:30 p.m. in North Manchester, Indiana.
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