HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's soccer team exploded for five first half goals en route to an 8-1 home victory over Manchester Saturday afternoon, in what was both institutions' Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener.
With the win, Hanover improves to 8-1-0 overall (1-0-0 HCAC) and has won eight consecutive matches. During the win streak, HC has outscored its opponents by a combined total of 28-4.
A balanced offensive attack featured seven different goal scores for the Blue and Red, while 11 total players recorded at least one point in the match. Senior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) had Hanover's first two goals of the match, in the eighth and 18th minutes, respectively, as she was the lone Panther with multiple scores. Evanson also assisted on a second half score.
Goals from junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Claire Stockwell (Burlington, Ky.) and freshman Ruby Kate Gray (Lexington, Ky.) followed in the 21st, 34th and 37th minutes, respectively, as HC led 5-0. The Spartans (0-10-0, 0-1-0) were able to get one just over the outreached arm of freshman net minder Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) late in the first half, cutting the Hanover advantage to 5-1 at the intermission.
During Hanover's first half scoring run, five assists were recorded, highlighted by two apiece from junior Lizzie Matchett (Liberty Township, Ohio) and freshman Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.). Freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) added a helper as well, moving her team-high season point total to 13.
The Panthers tallied the only three scores in the second half, with Day reigniting the offense in the 58th minute. Day finished the match with four total points.
Picking up their first goals of the season were freshman Kenzie DeLong (Fishers, Ind.) and sophomore Sydney Mattingly (Louisville, Ky.). DeLong's first collegiate goal came at 70:37 off an assist from junior Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.). Mattingly followed less than 10 minutes later with the final score of the day, as she was assisted by freshman Olivia Shakun (Evansville, Ind.).
Overall, Hanover held a 37-6 advantage in total shots, which included a 25-5 edge on goal. The Panthers' 37 attempts are their highest total of the season and best mark since recording 40 shots against Manchester in 2016. In fact, Saturday's contest marked the fourth consecutive match against MU that HC has had at least 30 total shots.
Twelve different Hanover players had multiple shots in the match, led by Brock's six. Gray added five tries, while Garland pitched in with four.
In net, Carmosino allowed just the one goal, making four saves over the first 79:45 of play. She then gave way to sophomore Katie Perry (Indianapolis, Ind.), who did not face a shot on goal over the final 10-plus minutes of action.
Hanover will look to stay unbeaten in conference play and continue its current overall winning streak with a trip to Franklin Wednesday, Oct. 3. The conference contest between the Panthers and Grizzlies is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Contact: Tyler Jester