HANOVER, Ind. – On a cool and rainy day, the Hanover women's soccer team fell behind early and never recovered as the Panthers fell 3-1 to visiting Thomas More (Ky.) Wednesday evening.
The loss drops Hanover's overall record to 4-2 on the year, while Thomas More improves to 4-1 after five matches.
The Saints took an early lead when Olivia Nienaber scored an unassisted goal in the eighth minute of play for a 1-0 lead.
Battling each other, and the conditions, the two teams finished the opening period with that same 1-0 score. Thomas More held a 6-3 edge in shots, and also had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks in the half.
Just over 13 minutes into the second half, the Saints scored the first of two goals within a 3:13 stretch. Samantha Goodwin found the back of the net off an assist from Ashley Maples in the 58th minute, and Morgan Beare added an unassisted goal in the 61st minute to make it a 3-0 contest.
Hanover freshman Natalie Fausz (Alexandria, Ky.) found open field, dribbled around the goalkeeper, and scored her first collegiate goal in the 84th minute, but it would not be enough.
Thomas More out-shot the Panthers 13-7 for the match and led 6-3 in corner kicks. Sophomore Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) took the loss in goal for Hanover. She made three saves on the evening.
The Panthers will next travel to Sewanee, Tenn. Sunday, Sept. 17 to play Sewanee-University of the South. Start time is set for 1 p.m. at Puett Field.
Contact: Mike Pritchard