Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover women's soccer team will look to continue its high level of play this week as non-conference action wraps up.
The Panthers will travel to face Spalding (Ky.) at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 before hosting Capital (Ohio) at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.
CLAWING THROUGH COMPETITION: The Blue and Red have had an impressive stretch as of late, as they are currently riding a five-game win streak. During this stretch, Hanover has outscored its opponents 14-2, pitching shutouts in three of the last four contests and never allowing more than one score.
Consequently, freshman goalkeeper Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) has accrued some of the best statistics in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Her 0.50 goals against average is second in the HCAC, and first among netminders who have registered 300-plus minutes. Carmosino also ranks fifth in save percentage at a .813 clip, which ranks third among goalies with over 300 minutes.
FRESHMEN LEAD THE WAY: In the Panthers' most recent wins over St. Mary's (Ind.) and Wittenberg (Ohio), the first-years showed out plentifully. Freshman Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) notched two goals and one assist in the win over the Belles of St. Mary's, putting her at seven points on the campaign. Hughes hit the back of the net for the first time against Sewanee (Tenn.), giving her all seven of her season points in the last three matchups.
In a similar fashion, freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) knocked in two scores against the Belles, while dishing out her first career dime in the win over the Wittenberg Tigers. In also having her inaugural score against Sewanee, Smith has notched her first seven career points in the last three outings.
Helping to facilitate scoring was freshman Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio), who currently has seven points of her own on a pair of goals and a trio of assists. In the last two contests, Boothby registered an assist apiece.
Freshman Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) scored the first goal of her career in the win over Wittenberg, making it five of seven Hanover goals over the past week by freshmen.
SCOUTING SPALDING: The Blue and Red's first opponent, the Spalding Golden Eagles, boast a 3-1-1 overall record that includes a 2-1 win over Asbury (Ky.) in their most recent action. Dating back to 2010, the Panthers hold a six-game win streak over the Eagles that includes a 1-0 overtime victory in Hanover's last visit to Louisville in 2013.
SCOUTING CAPITAL: The Capital Crusaders currently sit at 4-1-0 overall with a 4-3 victory over Albion (Mich.) their last time out. The Crusaders have been one of the more formidable teams in the NCAA this campaign, and as of last week they were receiving votes in the NCAA Division III coaches poll. Their lone loss this year was a 3-1 defeat at the hands of now No. 13 Hope (Mich.). Since 2010, the Panthers have a 4-2 overall win-loss margin over Capital, with a 4-1 regular season record. In their head-to-head matchup last year, the Blue and Red won a 1-0 contest in double overtime on a score by now-graduate Abby Shroyer.
Contact: Tyler Jester