Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's soccer team will look to carry its regular season momentum into its first postseason bout against Anderson in the semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Panthers will host the Ravens at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. The victor will advance to play the winner between Mount St. Joseph and Transylvania. If Hanover were to advance they would host the championship match at a time still to be determined Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Blue and Red are 16-1-0 on the year with a 9-0-0 slate in the HCAC. They are currently riding a 16-game win streak, having not suffered a loss since a double overtime, season-opening defeat at Augustana (Ill.) on August 31. With a triumph over Anderson, Hanover would post a program-best, 17-match unbeaten streak.
PANTHERS IN THE PAST: The Blue and Red have had success on their league calendar in recent campaigns, winning at least a share of five HCAC Regular Season Championships in the past six years, including three outright titles.
In the conference tournament, Hanover has been proficient in recent history, winning four championships since 2013. On two occasions, in 2013 and 2016, the Panthers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Last season, the Blue and Red fell 2-0 to Mount St. Joseph in the semis.
BRANDI'S BALANCED ATTACK: Junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) currently paces the Hanover offense in assists and points, with seven and 23 in their respective columns. Additionally, she shares the squad-lead of eight goals with freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio). Brock has been a major threat over the past five games, scoring in four contests while adding at least one assist in three of those matchups. She also netted the game-winner on a double-overtime penalty kick against MSJ last Wednesday, which secured the team's regular season conference title.
Her impressive year puts much of her stat line amongst the top 10 in the HCAC. Her assist totals are tied for second in the conference, in goals she's knotted at nine, and her points are good for sixth-best.
CARMOSINO KEEPS NET: Freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) has anchored the goal this fall, producing the second-loftiest save percentage in the league (.873) while placing similarly in goals against (7) and goal against average (0.43). Among goalies with 600+ minutes played, Carmosino is first in all the above categories. Recently, she posted an eight-stop effort in a 2-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph.
FRESHMAN FUELING FIRE: Hanover's first years have left a great first impression, with four players reaching double figures in points. Smith has eight goals and five assists for 21 points, while Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) has six scores and five dimes. Freshman Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) has four in each column, including five points over two tilts that won her the HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 9. Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) has 10 points, hitting the back of the net three times, while also having four assists.
PASSING UP COMPETITION: The Panthers are one of the best passing teams in the nation, as they rank 21st in assists per contest (2.56) and 22nd in total assists (41). These statistics are bolstered by five-dime efforts from Smith and Hughes, along with four-dish servings from Day and freshman Ruby Kate Gray (Lexington, Ky.).
SCOUTING ANDERSON: The Anderson Ravens finished 8-4-4 on their regular season campaign including a 5-2-2 record in the HCAC. Since a 3-0 loss to the Blue and Red on Oct. 20, the Ravens pitched consecutive shutouts, notably a 4-0 decision over Bluffton on Oct. 27.
Contact: Tyler Jester