AURORA, Ill. – For only the third time in the last 11 seasons, the Hanover women's soccer team dropped its season-opener as the Panthers fell 2-0 to Kalamazoo (Mich.) in Aurora, Ill.
The match, which was the first of four to be played as part of the Aurora University Chelsea Lloyd Classic was also the first of the season for the Hornets.
Kalamazoo, a 13-win team in 2016, controlled much of the first half. With just over three minutes remaining in the opening period, the Hornets' Libby Munoz found the back of the net off an assist from Joy Hunziker for a 1-0 lead.
The score stayed that way into the second half, but 8:27 into the second half Sarah George scored the second and final goal of the day on a free kick for the final 2-0 tally.
Although Kalamazoo out-shot Hanover 17-3 overall, the Hornets only had a 4-2 edge in shots in the second half. Kalamazoo also had the only two corner kicks of the match.
Sophomore Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) took the loss in goal for the Panthers. Debolt made four saves in her first collegiate start.
Hanover will take a day off and return to action Sunday, Sept. 3 for its second match of the Classic. The Panthers will play the host team, Aurora (Ill.), at 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Mike Pritchard