Hanover men's soccer team maintained its first place position in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday by defeating Earlham 3-2 at the L.S. Ayres Sports Complex on campus.

With the win Hanover (8-5-1, 4-0 HCAC) dropped Earlham (7-7, 3-1 HCAC) from the remaining unbeatens in the league. Rose-Hulman (3-0 HCAC), along with the Panthers, are the only two teams left without a conference loss.

The Panthers quickly gained the upper hand in the match. Just a 1:18 into the first half, freshman Matthew Eldridge took a pass from John Wittich inside the box, grabbing an early 1-0 lead. But as the rain settled in, Earlham took control. Jacob Ebbs chipped a goal into the back left corner of the net in the 42nd minute, tying the match 1-1 heading into halftime.

Ameer Yusuf's unassisted goal at 56:42 put the Quakers up 2-1 but the lead was short-lived as the Panthers came back to life less than three minutes later. Senior John Wittich delivered the one-two punch, scoring on back-to-back headers via crosses from Joaquin Acuna and Drew Servais, giving Hanover a 3-2 win.

Despite the loss, Earlham outshot Hanover 14-12, including a 10-5 margin in the second half. Wittich, Eldridge and freshman Austin Bush each had three shots apiece for the Panthers.

Of their 14 shots, the Quakers had five on goal. Trevor Korfhagen recorded three saves in the Panther net. Hanover had six shots on goal with Earlham's Sam Embry saving three.

Hanover looks to extend a five-game win streak on Saturday at Bluffton. The streak is Hanover's longest since 2001 when the team started that season 5-0.