Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's soccer team will look to extend their early season win streak as they travel for two contests this week.
The Panthers will first square off against St. Mary's (Ind.) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, before a weekend contest against Wittenberg (Ohio), beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, September 15.
HANOVER AT HOME: The Blue and Red kicked off their home schedule with a pair of shutout victories against DePauw (Ind.) and Sewanee (Tenn.). In a weather-shortened match, Hanover came away with a 2-0 win against DePauw, and later in the week collected a 3-0 victory against Sewanee. Over the two-game homestand, the Panthers outshot their opponents 34 to 10, including a 19-6 margin in the shots on goal column.
DEFINITELY DEJA VU: Just like their home-opening head-to-heads last year, Hanover came away with a pair of victories, outscoring their opponents by a 5-0 margin. However, in order to once again start 4-1, just as they did in 2017, the Blue and Red must come up with a road victory Tuesday to hit the mark.
FRESH FACES: During their two matchups in Hanover, four of the five Panther goals came from freshmen. First-year forwards Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.), along with defender Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio), scored their first career collegiate goals. Meanwhile, freshman Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) notched her team-leading second goal of the year to round out the quadruplet.
ASSISTING THE CAUSE: Scoring goals isn't the only thing that the first years have been in on: three-of-four assists by the Blue and Red this year have been by freshmen, including an assist from Ruby Kate Gray (Lexington, Ky.) this past weekend. Hanover has the second-best goal-to-assist ratio among conference schools with at least seven goals in 2018.
GOALKEEPING PROWESS: The goalkeeping, headed by Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) has been one of the strongest units in the conference so far. Currently, Carmosino sits third in goals against average, 0.50. When broken down into goalies who have started 4 games, as Carmosino has, she jumps to the conference lead in the category. Having allowed just two scores in her four starts, it has allowed the Panthers to notch a 7-2 season goal differential thus far.
SCOUTING ST. MARY'S: The Belles of St. Mary's, the first of this week's opponents, come into this contest 1-3-0, with their most recent showing being against a common opponent of the Panthers. As Hanover did to start the season, the Belles fell to Augustana (Ill.), with a 3-0 margin of defeat. The Blue and Red fell in double overtime to the Vikings, 1-0.
SCOUTING WITTENBERG: The Wittenberg Tigers currently sit at 2-2-0 overall, with their most recent match resulting in a 2-0 victory over Albion (Mich.). In the win over Albion, the Tigers pulled away with two goals in the second half. Last year, Wittenberg went 9-7-3 overall, including a 1-0 loss against the Blue and Red. With their run to the NCAC Tournament Championship last season, the Tigers afforded themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the second round before suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Washington (Mo.).
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