Panthers return home for two conference contests

Katie Workman kicking ball

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's soccer team will look to stay unbeaten in HCAC play and improve upon a current three-match winning streak with a pair of home contests this week.

The Panthers are coming off a 5-1 victory in their conference opener at Manchester this past Saturday. Hanover will continue HCAC action this week, first by hosting Franklin Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m., before welcoming Anderson for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Blue and Red have possessed a balanced offensive attack all season and the same was the case against Manchester, as five different players scored one goal. Two notable goals came from sophomores Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.), who are tied for the team lead in goals with three apiece.

Brock and junior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) each have seven total points this season to lead the squad. Evanson is coming off a three-point effort last week, as she logged one goal and one assist.

In net, sophomore Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) has put together a strong campaign, posting a 6-2-0 overall record. Debolt is also third in the HCAC in goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (0.795).

Hanover and Franklin will meet for the first time since the 2016 HCAC Tournament Championship, where the Panthers earned a 1-0 victory behind a first half goal from current senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.). Franklin and HC did share the regular season conference crown last year and have met in each of the past three HCAC tournament championships.

The Grizzlies will enter Wednesday's match with a 5-3 overall record and are coming off a 7-1 win in their conference opener, at Defiance, last Saturday. Hanover split two games at Franklin last season, but have won the last nine matches at home versus the Grizzlies.

Anderson also won its conference opener last weekend, defeating Mount St. Joseph at home, 1-0. The Ravens are 6-1-1 overall and will travel to Manchester Wednesday, before coming to Hanover this weekend.

Hanover earned a 3-0 decision at Anderson last season, but did fall at home to the Ravens, 1-0, during the 2015 campaign.

This week will feature two of HC's four home conference matches this fall. Over the past three years, the Panthers are 12-1-0 in home HCAC contests.

Contact: Tyler Jester