Seniors lead Panthers to first win of 2017

Dominic Isadore dribbles toward goal

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – After dropping its season-opener two days ago, the Hanover men's soccer team bounced back for a 3-1 win over Thomas More for its first win of the fall.

The Saints, playing in their season-opener after their first match was postponed due to weather, out-shot the Panthers 6-4 in the opening period, but senior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) found the back of the next near the end of the half for his, and Hanover's, first goal of the season.

Ahead 1-0 early in the second half, fellow senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushed the lead to 2-0 when he scored for the first time in 2017 off an assist from freshman Chris Pitre (Belle Chasse, La.). The assist was the first collegiate assist for Pitre in his second career match.

The lead was extended to 3-0 when, yet another senior, Will Bridgeman (Columbus, Ind.) scored his first goal of the year, an unassisted score at the 65:46 mark.

Thomas More (0-1) added a late goal, but it wasn't enough as freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) and the Hanover defense limited the Saints to only five shots in the second half.

The two teams finished with 11 shots apiece, while the Panthers had a slight 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Bedel earned his first career win in his first collegiate start. The first-year keeper made three stops in four chances.

Hanover, now 1-1 overall, will return home to host Otterbein (Ohio) Saturday, Sept. 9. Start time is set for 3:30 p.m. in Hanover, Ind.

Contact: Mike Pritchard