Women's soccer treks to Franklin and Earlham this week

Ruby Kate Gray

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's soccer team will look to continue its perfect start to the interconference slate with a pair of matches this week. The Panthers will play Franklin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 before traveling to face Earlham at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.

The squad has been impressive this season, accumulating an 8-1-0 overall record that includes 1-0-0 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Their record encapsulates an eight-game win streak that dates back to a victory over Millikin (Ill.) on the season's opening weekend.

CARMOSINO CRUSHING IT: Freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) continues to shine in the net. With the 2-0 triumph over Capital and 8-1 victory over Manchester, Carmosino has gone all year without allowing multiple goals while pitching five shutouts. For her efforts, Carmosino leads the conference in goals allowed (4) and goal against average (0.46). Additionally, Amanda ranks second in the HCAC in save percentage at a currently clip of .875. Nationally, her GAA is the 30th highest in NCAA Division III.

SMITH STREAKING: Freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) has notched a point or more in six consecutive games, including an assist in the match versus Manchester. For the campaign, Smith has 13 total points, encompassing five season goals and three dimes. Among her league adversaries, Smith ranks fourth in goals scored and is in a tie for sixth in the conference in assists.

ASSISTING THE CAUSE: The Blue and Red have been one of the best teams in the nation on assists this season. Their 28 goals have been coupled with 27 assists, which has helped to bolster Hanover to seventh in the country in assists per game at 3.0. Moreover, their total of 27 dimes ranks 13th in the nation. In both categories, the Panthers sit atop the HCAC. Among the helpers was junior Lizzie Matchett (Liberty Township, Ohio), who notched her first two career dimes in the win over Manchester.

FIRST THINGS FOURTH: Freshmen Kenzie DeLong (Fishers, Ind.) and Ruby Kate Gray (Lexington, Ky.) scored their first career goals this past weekend, while sophomore Sydney Mattingly (Louisville, Ky.) hit the back of the net for the first time this season and fourth in her career. Senior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) garnered her first helper of the season, which now gives her double-digit totals in career goals and assists.

SCOUTING FRANKLIN: The Franklin Grizzlies currently sit at 4-5-1 overall, including a 1-0 mark in the league after a 7-0 win over Defiance last week. A common opponent between FC and HC was DePauw, whom the Grizzlies suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to earlier in the year, while the Panthers enjoyed a 2-0 home win. The Blue and Red will be looking for their first victory over Franklin since 2016, when they secured a 1-0 road victory in the HCAC Tournament finals.

SCOUTING EARLHAM: The Earlham Quakers are currently 6-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the HCAC after suffering a 9-1 setback to Mt. St. Joseph last time out. Prior to the loss, Earlham had won four-of-five outings. The Quakers will travel to face Transylvania on Wednesday before hosting Hanover this weekend. The Panthers have won five straight against Earlham, dating back to the 2013 season. During the stretch, HC has outscored the Quakers 24-1, including a 1-0 home win last fall.

Contact: Tyler Jester