WILMINGTON, Ohio – Seven different players scored as the Hanover men's soccer team erupted for a 7-0 win over Cincinnati-Clermont on the first day of the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic hosted by Wilmington College (Ohio).
The win was the first shutout victory of the season for Hanover as the Panthers improve to 3-2 overall, while the Cougars fall to 2-5 on the season.
Freshman Brad Simpson (Allen, Texas) opened the scoring with a goal in the 13th minute. The score was the first collegiate goal of Simpson's collegiate career and Hanover led 1-0.
Just under five minutes later, junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) made it 2-0 with his team-leading third goal of the year, and senior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) found the back of the net for the second time of the year in the 23rd minute to push the lead to 3-0.
Freshman Ian Waldrop (Louisville, Ky.) was part of the next two goals. Waldrop scored his first collegiate goal in the 31st minute and then had his first career assist on sophomore Evan Stacy's (Louisville, Ky.) second career goal in the 38th minute, and the Panthers would take a 5-0 lead into the break.
The second half saw junior Cameron Rogers (Hanover, Ind.) become the third player to score his first collegiate goal on the evening with an unassisted score in the 71st minute. Sophomore Brady Gesenhues (Fort Thomas, Ky.) then capped the scoring with his second career goal in the 79th minute off an assist from junior Hunter Guthrie (Louisville, Ky.).
Hanover tallied a season-high 27 total shots in the match, including 19 in the first half, while limiting Cincinnati-Clermont to only two shots. The 27 shots are the most in a match this year, and the most since the Panthers posted 29 shots October 5 of last year against Franklin. Hanover also had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) earned his third win of the year in goal as four different keepers saw action for Hanover.
The Panthers will square off against Wittenberg (Ohio) on day two of the Classic. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in Wilmington, Ohio.
Contact: Mike Pritchard