Hanover women search for fifth straight regular season title this week

Team celebrating after goal

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's soccer team will look to secure at least a share of its fifth straight HCAC regular season title this week with a pair of road matches.

The Panthers (12-3-0, 6-1-0 HCAC) travel to face Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, before heading to Rose-Hulman at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28.

Hanover is currently in a tie with Franklin for the top spot in the HCAC standings. At the conclusion of play this weekend, the top four teams in the conference standings will go on to next week's HCAC Tournament, with an automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament on the line.  

This past Saturday, the Panthers capped off Senior Day with a 6-1 victory over Defiance. Hanover and Defiance were tied 1-1 at halftime thanks to junior Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.), who logged her first goal of the season. Hanover recorded five unanswered goals in the second half to gain the advantage and ultimately pull off the win.

Sophomores Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) and Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio), each recorded goals to raise their season point totals to 13 and 11 respectively. With Brock's goal she is now tied for second on the team with junior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) with four. Garland has recorded six goals to pace the Panthers, while Brock and Evanson co-lead the women with three assists each.

In the first of its two matchups, Hanover faces Mount St. Joseph, who is 14-3-0 overall and 5-2-0 in HCAC competition. In their last match, the Lions defeated Manchester, 3-0. The Panthers have won five straight over MSJ dating back to the 2013 season, and in their most recent head-to-head matchup, which was in the 2016 conference tournament semifinals, Hanover came out with a 2-1 victory.

Saturday's opponent, Rose-Hulman, currently sits at 7-8-1 overall and 4-2-1 in HCAC action and will have a chance to bring their overall record to .500 this Wednesday, when they host Franklin. In their most recent action, the Fighting Engineers lost to Bluffton, 1-0. The Panthers hold a five-game win streak against RHIT, dating back to the 2013 season. Hanover has not lost to Rose-Hulman since the 2009 season, as the two sides played to a 0-0 tie to in 2013.

Contact: Tyler Jester