Men's soccer team shuts out Franklin, now 6-6

By Tim Stried, SID

October 11, 1999



The Bluffton College men's soccer team posted a win on the road over Franklin College last Tuesday, then suffered a home loss to Wilmington on Friday and now are 1-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and 6-6 overall. Currently sitting in fourth place in the HCAC, the Beavers have two more league games remaining in their 1999 schedule and four games total before they enter the HCAC tournament in early November.

"We're starting to play a lot better together," said senior goalkeeper Rod Stutzman. "The Wilmington game was a tough loss," he continued, "but we played well at the start. It will make us better."

The Beavers scored one goal in each half at Franklin and Stutzman recorded 12 saves to win their first HCAC victory last Tuesday. Sophomore midfielder Mark Stutzman got the scoring started for BC at the 33:00 mark off an assist from freshman Brian Hess. Senior midfielder Jon Corbin then added the insurance in the second half as he connected for an unassisted goal at the 55:00 mark, and the Beaver defense made it stand up.

On Friday, Bluffton hosted Wilmington College, currently tied atop the HCAC standings with Manchester, and fell to the 8-4 Quakers 9-0.

The Beavers were to have hosted Anderson University on Wednesday and will play in the annual BC Alumni Game on Saturday at noon in the Emery Sears Athletic Complex. Next week BC will host Concordia on Monday at 3:30, then travel to Thiel on Saturday.

Mark Stutzman and freshman Andrew Hornblower lead the team in goals with three each, while Mark Stutzman also has two assists for a team high eight points. Rod Stutzman has 141 saves so far this season.