CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover women's soccer team had its season come to an end Wednesday evening after falling in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals, 2-0, at Mount St. Joseph.
The Panthers, who were making their second appearance at Schueler Field in a week's time, held the Lions (17-3-0) scoreless in the first half, as the match was tied, 0-0, at the intermission.
Hanover and MSJ combined for seven shots over the first 45 minutes, but it wasn't until the final 60 seconds of the half excitement loomed over the match. Junior Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) had her shot attempted saved at the 44:01 mark, while the Lions had an opportunity in the closing seconds of the first half hit the crossbar.
Hawkins' first half attempt was her only of the match and one of just four tries for the Panthers in the contest. Her shot was also the only one on goal for HC over the full 90 minutes. The Lions would finish the contest with a 14-4 edge in total shots.
Mount St. Joseph scored twice early in the second half to capture a 2-0 advantage with just under 40 minutes remaining in the contest.
In goal, freshman Katie Perry (Indianapolis, Ind.) made the first start of her collegiate career, also marking just her third appearance all season. The freshman was able to make six saves, including four in the second half.
Hanover finishes the 2017 season with a 12-5-1 overall record after a 6-2-1 HCAC regular season mark was good enough to earn the No. 3 seed in the league's postseason tournament. The Panthers' loss Wednesday will conclude their run of HCAC Tournament championships at four, after the team won the league's automatic bid into the national tournament from 2013-2016.
Four seniors competed in their final games for the Blue and Red Wednesday, as they conclude their careers with three HCAC regular season and tournament championships. The seniors also accumulated a 57-22-1 (.719) overall record, including a 30-5-1 (.847) mark in HCAC play.
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