HANOVER, Ind. - For the fourth time this season junior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) scored a goal, and for the fourth time this season it was a game-winner as the Hanover women's soccer team defeated Earlham 1-0 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match Wednesday afternoon.
Evanson had just missed wide left on a shot 31 seconds earlier, but didn't miss the next time as she lofted a shot over Earlham's oncoming keeper for the only score of the day to help the Panthers post their fourth consecutive shutout victory.
Hanover (11-3, 5-1 HCAC) controlled the match from start to finish and had several scoring opportunities, but it was not until the 84:02 mark in the second half that Evanson broke through. With the goal, the junior is second on the team with four goals and leads the Blue and Red with 11 points.
The Panthers tallied 31 total shots on the day, one shy of their season high of 32 at Manchester, and allowed the Quakers (6-9, 2-4 HCAC) only two total shots with only one on goal. Eight different players recorded at least two shots, while sophomore Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.), who entered the match with 10 shots on the season, had a career-high nine shots in the win.
Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) returned to action after missing time with injuries and notched her third solo shut-out of the season. Debolt made one save to extend Hanover's streak of not allowing a goal to 413:54.
The Panthers will return to action Saturday, Oct. 21 for an HCAC contest against Defiance. The match will be played as part of a men's/women's doubleheader and is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Hanover, Ind. It will also be Senior Day as Hanover will honor its four seniors.
Contact: Mike Pritchard