Panthers welcome Rose-Hulman and Bluffton for HCAC matches this week

Cassidy Evanson

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The No. 19 Hanover women's soccer team will look to capture a pair of inter-conference victories at home this week. The Panthers will square off against Rose-Hulman at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, before hosting Bluffton at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13.

DAY WINS OFFENSIVE POTW: Freshman Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) garnered her first career Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award for her performance in conference matchups against Earlham and Franklin last week. During the Earlham contest, Day posted two goals on two shots, while adding an assist in the win over Franklin.

Currently, Day is tied for third on the squad with 11 points, nine of which have come in the past three outings. Day is also the first women's soccer player to receive the award since Anna Cornacchione received it during the 2016 campaign.

SMITH'S SCORING SUCCESS: Freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) continues to be an impact player for the Blue and Red, as she leads the team with 16 total points, having six scores and four dimes on the season. All of her damage was done during a seven-game run between the Sewanee (Tenn.) contest on Sept. 8 and the Franklin match last Wednesday. During the battle against the Grizzlies, Smith notched her sixth goal and fourth assist, bringing her to a fifth-place tie in the conference for goals and a sixth-place knot for total points.

CASSIDY CATCHING FIRE: Senior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) has brought her A-game lately, hitting the back of the net five times in as many contests, topping it off with her first helper of the campaign. With that, Evanson joins Day as the third-place scorer on the squad this year. All of Evanson's season scoring has come during this stretch, as she has goals in three consecutive matches and four of the last five. Her 11 points tie her second-best for a season; her career-high of 15 points was reached in the 2015-16 season.

BRANDI BRINGING IT: Junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been a solid performer all year, particularly during the past five games. During this segment of the season, Brock has scored three goals and added an assist, giving her four and two in the respective categories. Overall, Brandi has registered a score or a helper in six of 11 games for Hanover. Her points total has increased each of her three years, as of now she sits at 10 points, which is one shy of her personal-best 11, which was recorded last season.

ADDITIONAL ACCOLADES: The Panthers have impressive national rankings in several categories this year, most notably in the assist column and win percentage. The Blue and Red currently post the 10th-best assists per game mark in the nation at a 2.82 clip. In total, their 31 dimes rank 13th in the country, as does their win percentage of .909 that has been bolstered by 10 straight victories. Their run, coming off a season-opening loss, marks the first stretch of 10 consecutive triumphs since Hanover did so in the 2016 season after a 1-4 start.

SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN: The Rose-Hulman Fighting Engineers come into the game 7-5-0 overall, with a 2-1-0 mark in the HCAC. The Panthers have not lost to Rose-Hulman over the last eight years, accumulating a record of 7-0-2. Among those matches includes last year's contest, which ended in a 0-0 tie and secured a conference tournament spot for the Blue and Red.

SCOUTING BLUFFTON: The Bluffton Beavers currently sit at 1-9-1 overall and 0-3-0 in league play with an upcoming matchup against Earlham before their trek to Hanover. The Panthers have won a minimum of 14 consecutive matches over Bluffton, spanning back to at least the 2004 campaign.

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