Freshmen ignite women's soccer to road win at Millikin

Autumn Boothby

DECATUR, Ill. – The Hanover women's soccer team benefitted from strong efforts by first-year players in a 2-1 win at Millikin (Ill.) Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers (1-1-0) received a game-winning score and assist from freshmen Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) and Olivia Shakun (Evansville, Ind.), respectively, while classmate Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) added six saves in goal.

Boothby's goal in the 76th minute broke a 1-1 tie, as she ripped in a shot from five yards out. The Panther defense tightened up in the second half, not allowing a single Big Blue (1-1-0) shot over the final 30 minutes of play. Carmosino needed to make just one save in the second half to secure the team win.

Hanover logged the opening goal of the match for the second time this weekend, as junior Kayla Nowlin (Harrison, Ohio) recorded just her second career score in the 34th minute. Nowlin received a pass from classmate Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) and proceeded to find the back of the net from 10 yards out.

Carmosino made five first half saves, including two right after the Panthers took the lead. Millikin continued to apply pressure just before the half but the freshman once again rejected a shot, this time a Big Blue header in the closing seconds of the 45-minute session.

Millikin was able to find an equalizer soon after intermission though, scoring in the 50th minute. Hanover outshot the Big Blue 6-3 after the tying score.

Boothby and Garland were two of three Hanover players to record multiple shot attempts in the contest. Freshman Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) paced the Panthers with four shots.

Overall, HC outshot Millikin, 14-12. Corner kicks were also in favor of the Panthers, 5-2, including a 3-0 edge in the second half.

After the brief two-game road stint to start the season, Hanover will return to its home pitch this upcoming week. The Panthers begin the homestand with a 6 p.m. match against DePauw (Ind.) Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Contact: Tyler Jester