NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Senior midfielders Carson McFadden (Elgin, Ill.) and Andrew Gray (Anderson, Ind.) helped highlight Opening Day 2012 for the Manchester University men’s soccer squad.
Despite the two scores for MU, Moody Bible, the defending National Christian College Athletic Association Division II national champion, rattled off the first four goals of the match en route to a 4-2 win. Jacob Persson led the Archers’ offense with a hat trick on five shot attempts.
McFadden took a long pass from Dian Radev (Burgas, Bulgaria) and broke past the Moody Bible Institute defense to score the Black and Gold’s first goal of the season in the 82nd minute. Less than four minutes later, Gray was the beneficiary of a nifty corner kick from Radev that junior midfielder Matt Suderman (Bluffton, Ohio) headed straight at MBI goalkeeper Ryan Pattison with Pattison making the save. Gray, off to the left of the play, took the rebound and sent it home to the right side of the Archers’ goal.
The two Spartans’ goals were part of 15 shot attempts for Coach Dave Good’s squad. Radev led the way individually with six tries.
Manchester’s brief two-match homestand to begin the season continues Tuesday, Sept. 4, when Albion College of Michigan is the Spartans’ guest for a 5 p.m. start.