Hughes nets game-winner for No. 15 Panthers against Transylvania

Kelsey Hughes

HANOVER, Ind. – The No. 15 Hanover women's soccer team extended its overall winning streak to a program-record 13 matches Wednesday afternoon, defeating Transylvania at home, 1-0.

The Panthers dropped their season-opener in double overtime back on Aug. 31 and have not loss since, improving to 13-1-0 overall. Hanover is also 6-0-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

Each side had scoring chances in the first half Wednesday but neither the Panthers or Pioneers (10-4-2, 3-2-1 HCAC) could find the back of the net. Freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) made two of her three saves in the first half to keep the match in a 0-0 stalemate. Classmate Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) had a good look in the 16th minute but her shot was turned away by the Transy net minder.

In the 55th minute, freshman Bryn Rolfsen (Loveland, Ohio) sent a through ball from midfield to the right side of the 18-yard box. The pass found Hughes, who beat the keeper to possession and drilled in a shot for the match's only goal.

Carmosino would turn away the lone TU shot on goal in the second half in the 77th minute. The Panthers had two other shots come on target, from freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Kayla Nowlin (Harrison, Ohio), but their attempts were saved.

Overall, Transylvania held a slight 13-11 edge in total shot attempts, but it was Hanover that had a 4-3 advantage on goal. Hughes paced the Panthers with four shots, while seven other players added one attempt each.

The clean sheet was HC's fourth in a row and also gives the team eight shutouts on the season. Carmosino now has seven solo shutouts and was also a part of a team clean sheet, as she lowered her season goal against average to 0.44.

The Blue and Red will look to stay atop the HCAC standings when they travel to face Anderson at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

Contact: Tyler Jester