Women's soccer to open conference action at home versus Manchester

Anna Smith

HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover women's soccer team will look to further its early-season momentum this weekend, hosting its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener versus Manchester at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

LAST WEEK RECAP:  The Panthers (7-1-0) captured two victories last week, winning 4-1 at Spalding (Ky.) before coming home and defeating Capital (Ohio) by a score of 2-0. For the Spalding contest, the Blue and Red outshot the Golden Eagles 19-7 including a 7-3 shots on goal margin. In the Capital match, the shot total was 22-20 in favor of Hanover, as was the 12-9 mark in the SOG column. Nationally, the squad ranks 27th in assists (19) and 19th in overall win percentage at an .875 clip.

CARMOSINO KILLING IT: The Panthers' hot streak has been bolstered in large part by the net minding prowess of freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.), who has posted solid numbers thus far. Carmosino's save percentage of .889 ranks third in the HCAC as does her 0.38 goal against average. Nationally, her save percentage ranks 32nd, while her goal against average ranks 16th. When the numbers are crunched to those who have logged 400-plus minutes as Carmosino has, her GAA and GA top the league, while her save percentage is second by two-thousandths of a percentage point. Carmosino also leads the conference in solo shutout with four.

SMITH SCORING SUCCESS: Tied for the team-lead in points with 12 is freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) who has hit the back of the net five times this year to go along with a pair of assists. All of her points have come over the last five contests, including a score and a dime against Spalding and a score against Capital. With these totals, Smith ranks third in the conference in goals and is in a fourth-place tie for total points.

HUGHES HITTING THE MARK: Smith's classmate Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) has similarly been on a nice roll, having all of her 12 points in the last five showings. Her four goals are coupled with a quartet of assists, which puts her in the knot with Smith for total points in the league. Hughes was particularly proficient in dishing out dimes this week, helping on three scores in the win over Spalding. Hughes followed this performance by hitting the back of the net against the Crusaders.

SCOUTING MANCHESTER: The Manchester Spartans currently sit at 0-9-0 overall. Goalkeeper Caroline Smith has posted 88 saves to pace the HCAC while facing a league-high 166 shots on goal. The Blue and Red are currently on an 11-match unbeaten streak against the Spartans, dating back to a 3-3 tie in 2007. Hanover has won 10 consecutive meetings with Manchester.

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