Smith, Hughes each score twice as Panthers win fourth straight overall

Anna Smith and Kelsey Hughes

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Hanover women's soccer team won its fourth straight match Tuesday evening, cruising to a 4-0 victory at Saint Mary's.

The Panthers (4-1-0) have responded from a season-opening, double overtime loss with the current win streak. Saint Mary's falls to 1-4-0 with the home loss.

Continuing their recent stretch of strong play, freshmen Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) each scored twice. Smith and Hughes are now tied for the team lead in season goals, three. Hughes also added an assist Tuesday, her first of the season, giving her a team-high seven points.

Hanover attacked throughout, as a high-pressure forecheck kept the ball on the Panthers' offensive end for the majority of the match. As a result, HC held a 24-5 advantage in total shot attempts, including a 12-0 edge on goal. Junior Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) paced the Panthers with five attempts, with four coming on goal.

The Blue and Red were on the attack early, logging a pair of corner kicks in the opening minute of action. Hanover recorded a 9-0 edge in corners for the match. On HC's third shot of the match, Hughes found the back of the net off a pass from junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the ninth minute.

Less than 10 minutes later, Smith notched her first score of the contest, as she ripped in an attempt from eight yards out. Junior Abby Howes (Terre Haute, Ind.) dropped a pass in the box prior to Smith's score, marking her first assist of 2018.

Hanover continued to press in the first half but was unable to increase its lead before the intermission arrived. The Panthers outshot the Belles 14-1 over the opening 45 minutes of play.

Just over one minute into the second half, Smith added her second goal off some swift passing. Hughes and freshman Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) connected on passes before Smith capped off the sequence with a one-timer. Boothby's second assist of the season gives her six total points this fall.

After a brief push from Saint Mary's, the Panthers added their fourth goal of the match in the 82nd minute. Hughes secured possession of the ball then took it up the left side and her shot went past the goal line off an attempted save by the SMC net minder.

The Panther defense faced just five total shots in the match as freshman goalkeeper Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) picked up her third consecutive clean sheet. Carmosino and the Hanover defense have not conceded a goal in over 310 minutes of play.

The Blue and Red look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they travel to face Wittenberg at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15.

Contact: Tyler Jester