No. 15 women's soccer hosts Transylvania, travels to Anderson this week

Anna Smith


HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's soccer team is set to tackle the final stretch of the season as they take on two of their final four regular season opponents this week.

The No. 15 ranked Panthers will host Transylvania at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, before traveling up I-69 to face Anderson (Ind.) at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

PANTHERS ON THE PROWL: The Blue and Red are on a 12-match win streak, its longest such streak in program history. Hanover went 16 straight appearances without a defeat in 2013, going 14-0-2 after a 4-1 start to the regular season. During the current stretch, which is the fifth longest active streak in NCAA Division III, the Panthers have outscored opponents 41-6 while outshooting their competitors 257-85. With their 12-1-0 overall record, including a 5-0-0 conference slate, they rank 11th in the nation in win percentage at a .923 mark.

BLAZING BRANDI: Junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been on fire, scoring in six of her last seven outings, with three multi-point showings in the last five. Her best performance of the campaign came against Bluffton, last Saturday, where she had one goal to go along with two assists in the 4-0 victory. For her year, she has five scores and five helpers to give her 15 points, all of which are career-highs. Amongst the team, her five dimes are tied for first while her five goals put her in a knot for second-place.

AMAZING ANNA: Freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) has started her college career with a statement, hitting the back of the net seven times while assisting on five occasions, tallying 19 points. Smith spearheads the squad with her totals in goals and points, while co-leading Hanover in helpers. Anna had a score and a dime in the Bluffton game, with her and Brock alternating in their roles on one another's goals.

In the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Smith's statistics rank in the top tier in most categories. Her numbers in the goals and assists categories each tie for fifth in the league, while her total points sit in a sixth-place stalemate. Her shot percentage of .333 is the runner-up among players with seven-plus goals.

PASSING PROFICIENCY: The Blue and Red have been one of the top passing units in the nation this year, as they are ninth-best in NCAA Division III in total assists and eighth-best in assists per game. They average 2.83 dimes per contest, while having 34 helpers on their season. While Smith and Brock sit at fifth in the HCAC in assists, freshmen Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio), Ruby Kate Gray (Lexington, Ky.), Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) and Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) have all notched top-seven marks with four helpers apiece.

SCOUTING TRANSYLVANIA: The Transylvania Pioneers have a 10-3-2 season record, going 3-1-1 in league tilts. The Panthers have won six straight over the Pioneers, with their last loss coming in 2010 by a score of 1-0. Since then, Hanover has gone 9-0-3 against Transylvania.

SCOUTING ANDERSON: The Anderson Ravens are 5-3-4 overall and have a 2-1-2 HCAC slate, with an upcoming match against Earlham on Oct. 17, before they host the Blue and Red. The Panthers have two consecutive wins over the Ravens, including a 1-0 triumph in the 2017 season. Since their 2016 loss to Anderson, Hanover has outshot the Ravens by a margin of 44-12.

Contact: Tyler Jester