HANOVER, Ind. – Behind a career-high nine saves from freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.), the Hanover women's soccer team continued its current winning streak Saturday afternoon, defeating Capital (Ohio) at home, 2-0.
The Panthers have now won seven straight appearances, improving to 7-1-0 overall this fall. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-2-0 overall. Hanover has won three straight outings against Capital, which included a 1-0, overtime triumph on the road in 2017.
Continuing strong starts to their collegiate careers were Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.), as both freshmen scored Saturday. Smith improved her team-high goal total to five, while Hughes' score gives her 12 total points this fall. Smith also has 12 points in 2018.
Overall, Hanover outshot the Crusaders, 22-20, which included a 12-9 edge on goal. Smith paced the Panthers with five attempts, including two on goal. Hughes had a team high three tries come on goal, while senior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) and junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) added multiple shots on goal as well.
Smith got the Panthers on the board early in the ninth minute. What appeared to be her cross into the scoring box, flew over the CU net minder's head and into the back of the net from nearly 25 yards out.
Hughes gave HC its second goal of the contest in the 23rd minute. Brock sent a pass into freshman Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) who had her shot saved, but the ball bounced out to Hughes off the deflection. The freshman then hit the back of the empty net.
Carmosino made four stops in the opening half of play, including one in the final minute to secure HC's 2-0 lead at the intermission. Hanover held a 12-10 edge in first half shot attempts.
Both sides had their opportunities in the second stanza, but neither HC or CU could slip one past the goal line in the overcast weather. Carmosino added five saves in the second half, picking up her fourth clean sheet of the season.
The Panthers have now concluded non-league play and will open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at home against Manchester, Saturday, Sept. 29. The conference opener is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.
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