ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – In a drama-filled season opener, the Hanover women's soccer team suffered a 1-0, double overtime setback at Augustana (Ill.) Friday evening.
Despite outshooting the Vikings 10-5 in the match, including a 4-2 edge on goal, the Panthers (0-1-0) were unable to find the back of the net over nearly 109 minutes of play. With 1:42 remaining in the second extra period, Augustana was able to slip the ball past the goaline, tying the all-time series with HC at 1-1-0. Hanover won the inaugural series meeting at home last season, 3-1.
A trio of Panthers posted multiple shot attempts, including junior Brandi Brock () and freshmen Autumn Boothby () and Kelsey Hughes (). All three players had one shot on goal, accumulating three of HC's four attempts on target.
Hanover logged the opening four shots of the match in the first 20 minutes of play, with two being blocked and Brock's attempt in the 19th minute being saved. The Blue and Red held a 6-0 advantage in shots at the break but the match was still locked in a 0-0 stalemate.
After HC recorded the opening two shots of the second half, the Vikings rallied for the final four attempts of regulation. Freshman Amanda Carmosino () made her collegiate debut in goal Friday, making a save on one of AC's two shots on goal in the match.
In the first overtime period, Boothby had the only shot attempt for either side, as her try was rejected by the Viking netminder in the 98th minute. Hughes gave HC another good look in the 106th minute but it was also saved.
The Panthers have now dropped their season opener in each of the past three seasons. Luckily for HC, the team has responded with a victory in its next match twice during the stretch.
Hanover continues a brief road stint to start the 2018 campaign when they travel to Millikin (Ill.) Sunday, Sept. 2, for a 1 p.m. (ET) match.
Contact: Tyler Jester