Hughes dishes out three assists in Panthers' sixth straight win

Kelsey Hughes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two early goals and a trio of assists from freshman Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) helped the Hanover women's soccer team engineer a 4-1 win at Spalding (Ky.) Wednesday night.

With the win, the Panthers have now won six consecutive matches, surpassing their longest win streak of the 2017 season. Hanover's current win streak is the program's longest since 2016, when the team won 10 straight from Oct. 8 to Nov. 12.

The Blue and Red were on the attack early, tallying the first nine shots of the match over the opening 23 minutes of play. As a result, HC found itself with a comfortable 3-0 advantage on the scoreboard.

Kicking off the scoring spurt was freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio), who knocked in a header off a Panther corner kick. Hughes picked up her first of three helpers as HC led 1-0 less than five minutes in.

A second Hanover goal came in the 10th minute, as junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched her second score of the season. Again, Hughes picked up the assist.

Giving HC more breathing room in the 23rd minute was junior Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.). Garland also scored on a header off a corner kick from Hughes. The junior became the fifth Panther player with multiple goals this season.

Spalding (3-2-1) was able to record its opening shots of the match after the first half scoring run, but freshman net minder Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) turned away attempts in the 35th and 37th minutes. With the saves, HC led 3-0 at the intermission.

Less than two minutes out of the break, Hanover tacked on its fourth score, as senior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) tallied her first goal of the season. Smith picked up the assist, tying her with Hughes for the team high in points Wednesday with three.

Both Smith and Hughes now have 10 points this season to pace the Panther offense.

The Golden Eagles were able to capitalize on a Panther foul in the 78th minute, scoring their lone goal off a free kick. Spalding would get only one more shot off over the final 12 minutes and it would be blocked by the Panther defense.

Overall, HC held a 19-7 edge in shots, including a 7-3 advantage on goal. Brock led the team with four attempts, while a total of seven Panther players logged multiple tries in the match. Seven players also recorded one shot on goal for the Blue and Red.

Hanover will look to continue its winning ways when the team welcomes Capital (Ohio) for a 1 p.m. start Saturday, Sept. 22. The Panthers and Crusaders are just three years removed from a NCAA Division III National Tournament meeting, one CU took 1-0. Hanover though, defeated the Crusaders on the road last fall, 1-0 in overtime.

Contact: Tyler Jester