CINCINNATI, Ohio – The No. 14 Hanover women's soccer team earned its fifth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship in the past six years in dramatic fashion, defeating Mount St. Joseph on the road Wednesday evening in double overtime, 2-1.
Just 47 seconds into the second extra period, the Panthers were awarded a penalty kick. Junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) stepped up to take the try and proceeded to beat the Lions' netminder to the right side for the championship-clinching goal.
The Panthers found themselves trailing on the scoreboard for the first time since the opening match of the season, as MSJ (13-2-3, 6-1-1 HCAC) controlled most of the possession in the first half, which led to a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. The Lions would go on to outshoot the Blue and Red 11-1 in the first half but four saves by freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) kept the HC deficit at one goal at the break.
Overall, Carmosino made eight saves in the match, one shy of tying a career high. The freshman also made a huge stop in the 88th minute to preserve the tie.
Hanover's rally began in the second half where they responded with seven shots, including one from junior Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) in the 76th minute to tie the match at one-all. Senior Claire Stockwell (Burlington, Ky.) picked up the assist on the first HC goal.
Garland and freshman Ruby Kate Gray (Lexington, Ky.) tallied seven of HC's nine shots in the match, including six of the team's seven attempts on goal.
Mount St. Joseph had the only four shots in the first overtime period, including one off the crossbar in the 93rd minute. The Lions' other three attempts though were high or wide as Hanover forced a second overtime session.
The Blue and Red have now improved their program-record winning streak to 15 consecutive matches, moving to 15-1-0 on the season. Hanover is also 8-0-0 in HCAC play and with 24 points, has already secured the outright HCAC regular season championship and No. 1 seed in next week's tournament.
Since the HCAC's inception during the 1998-99 season, the Panthers have won a league-high nine regular season championships. Hanover has also secured its 10th consecutive top-three finish in the final HCAC standings.
The Panthers will look to cap the regular season with a win, as they host Defiance for Senior Day at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.
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