COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Abby Shroyer's (Zionsville, Ind.) first goal of the season came at a great time, as the fourth-year defender gave the Hanover women's soccer team a 1-0 road win in double overtime over Capital (Ohio) Saturday afternoon.
Just over a minute into the second extra period Shroyer hit the top right corner on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box after the Crusaders' goalkeeper was called for being outside the box before she punted the ball away.
With the win, the Panthers have now recorded three shutout victories and improve to 6-2-0 overall, while Capital falls to 2-4-1. Sophomore Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) earned the win in goal for Hanover and has played in all three of the team's shutouts, including complete-game efforts in the last two. Debolt stopped all six shots she faced in just over 101 minutes of action.
The match was tightly contested throughout. The Blue and Red out-shot the Crusaders 4-3 in the first half, but were out-shot 7-5 in the second. Neither team was able to get a shot off in the first overtime, but on Hanover's second shot of the final period, Shroyer ended the match with her third career goal.
The Panthers finished with an 11-10 advantage in shots and had five corner kicks to only two for Capital.
Hanover will look for its third straight win Saturday, Sept. 30 in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener against Manchester. Start time is set for 1 p.m. in North Manchester, Ind.
Contact: Mike Pritchard