Two second half goals propel Hanover to 2-0 win at Bluffton

Sydney Mattingly dribbles ball

BLUFFTON, Ohio - After a scoreless first half, the Hanover women's soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second period to defeat Bluffton (Ohio) 2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon.

The win is the third straight, and sixth in the last seven matches for the Panthers, who improve to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the HCAC. Bluffton falls to 2-11 overall and 1-4 in league action.

The two teams combined for only seven first-half shots. Hanover had a 5-2 advantage, but neither team could find the back of the net and the contest would remain scoreless at the break.

On the Panthers fifth shot of the second half freshman Sydney Mattingly (Louisville, Ky.) scored the first goal of the day, her second of the season, in the 69th minute off an assist from junior Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) for a 1-0 lead. It was her first assist of the fall.

Nine and a half minutes later sophomore Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) scored her third goal in the last five matches to put Hanover in front 2-0. The score gives her a team-high five on the year, while sophomore Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) had her third assist.

Bluffton managed three shots the remainder of the way but were unable to beat freshmen Charlotte Verbanic (Columbus, Ind.) or Katie Perry (Indianapolis, Ind.) as the two freshman keepers combined to record the team's seventh shutout of the season. Verbanic stopped two shots, while Perry made her first collegiate save.

Hanover out-shot the Beavers 14-7 and had a 5-3 edge in corner kicks on the day. Garland led the team with three shots, while Mattingly and senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) finished with two apiece.

The Panthers will next host Earlham Wednesday, Oct. 18. Start time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Hanover, Ind. 

Contact: Mike Pritchard