Posted: Aug 30, 2019
SETTING THE SCENE
Anderson encounters Emory & Henry on Friday at 3 p.m. The Ravens then wrap up the week with Trine on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Anderson took seventh place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) in 2018 with a 6-10-2 overall record and a 3-5-1 conference record. Hanover College earned the regular-season HCAC title with an 8-1 conference record. Second-seeded Transylvania University tied with Hanover 1-1 in the HCAC Championship and Transylvania topped Hanover 3-1 in the penalty-kick round to lock up the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.
Carleton College handed Transylvania a 1-0 loss in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Transylvania finished the year 8-5-6 while Hanover went 12-6-1.
Anderson was selected fifth in the HCAC preseason poll. Transylvania edged Hanover by one point while the two teams split the first-place votes in a tight preseason race. The Pioneers earned 77 points and five first-place votes while the Panthers collected 76 points and five first-place votes. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology came in third with 66 points, finishing ahead of Manchester University (57), Anderson (46), Mount St. Joseph University (31), Earlham College (30), Franklin College (26), Defiance College (24) and Bluffton University (17), which rounds out the HCAC preseason poll.
The Ravens return a large senior squad with eight seniors, which include Sean Cain (Monroe, Ohio/Monroe), Daniel Collins (Jamestown, Ind./Western Boone), Braden Crowell (Kokomo, Ind./Western), Noah Keller (Mount Vernon, Ind./Mount Vernon), Nick Martin (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine), Keegan Sweeney (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield), Derek Thorpe (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) and Race Williams (Fishers, Ind./Heritage Christian).
A LOOK AT THE RAVENS
Anderson returns seven starters along with 64.7 percent of its starts. The Ravens graduated Jacob Pokorski (Monroe, Ohio/Monroe), who lead the team in scoring with 23 points on eight goals and seven assists. Pokorski garnered first-team all-HCAC honors, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) academic all-district recognition and United Soccer Coaches (USC) scholar all-region honors.
Among returners, Wes Erny (Anderson, Ind./Anderson) contributed 17 points last season on six goals and five assists. Collins notched 12 points with five goals and two assists. Williams turned in 12 points on four goals and four assists. Cain totaled 10 points on three goals and four assists. Keller netted three goals for six points, R.J. Macomber (Marion, Ind./Marion) provided five points on two goals and an assist, while Derek Thorpe (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) produced four points on a goal and two assists. Martin, Drew Sonnefeldt (Lisle, Ill./Lisle), Keller and Thorpe started on a defensive line that held opponents to 1.89 goals per match.
Crowell, Elijah Erny (Anderson, Ind./Anderson), Malik Gayler (New Market, Ind./Southmont), Chase Litzke (Plain City, Ohio/Fairbanks), Aiden Lutterman, Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind./Marion), Jonas Reed (Marion, Ind./Marion), Sam Rowlison (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and Sweeney round out Anderson's returners. The Ravens brought in 16 freshmen, which include Evan Baurle (Seymour, Ind./Seymour), Grant Conklin (Lewisburg, Ohio/Troy Christian), Jackson Etheridge (Finneytown, Ohio/St. Xavier), Cole Farley (Newton, Ill./Newton), Mason Fridley (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights), Regan Frost (Yorktown, Ind./Yorktown), Brian Gin (Fishers, Ind./Fishers), Caleb Gonser (Terre Haute, Ind./Terre Haute South), Brayden Humbert (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), Noah LaBelle (Rushsylvania, Ohio/Calvary Christian School), Gavin McKinney (North Vernon, Ind./Jennings County), Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind./Goshen), Antony Rodriguez (Lawrence, Ind./Lawrence North), Jaren Russell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), Matt Thompson (Greenfield, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Josh Voth (Noblesville, Ind./Fishers).
A LOOK AT EMORY & HENRY
Emory & Henry finished 6-12 last year with an 0-10 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) record. The Wasps finished 13th in ODAC standings last year and were tabbed 13th in this year's ODAC preseason poll. Emory & Henry return four starters and 38.9 percent of its starts.
C.J. Poulsen record a goal and four assists for six points last season. Jonathan Hoyte contributed seven points on three goals and an assist.
A LOOK AT TRINE
Trine went 13-3-2 with a 5-2 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) record. The Thunder tied for second in the conference standings last year and are picked to finish fourth in the MIAA this year.
Trine returns five starters and 40.1 percent of its starts. The Thunder bring back Nooh Aljabaly, who received first-team all-MIAA honors and MIAA newcomer of the Year. Aljabaly powered to 45 points on 20 goals and five assists. Brian Morris notched 11 points on four goals and three assists.
Taylor Medina put together a 0.91 goals against average and a .754 save percentage last year. He saved 46 of the 61 shots he faced. Beau Hill started on a defensive line that held opponents to just 1.06 goals per match.
Anderson challenges DePauw University next Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Greencastle. The Ravens then co-host the Raven/Spartan Classic where they will face Olivet College and Spalding University at the AU Soccer Fields. Anderson takes on Olivet next Saturday at 2 p.m. The Ravens then clash with Spalding next Sunday at 2 p.m.