Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's soccer team will look to secure its sixth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship since 2011 in their upcoming head-to-head with Mount St. Joseph.
The Panthers will square off against the Lions at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, for rights to the HCAC Tournament Championship, with the winner securing a bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
PANTHERS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Blue and Red finished their regular season 16-1-0 that included an unblemished 9-0 slate in league action. In the semifinal round of the conference gauntlet, Hanover defeated Anderson 2-0, improving the team to 17-1-0 overall. In the match versus Anderson, the Panthers scored both of their goals in the first seven minutes of each half.
Historically, the squad has had success in the latter half of fall, winning four consecutive HCAC tournament championships from 2013-16 and adding another in the 2011 campaign. This year, Hanover is looking for vengeance as they fell to the Lions 2-0 in the league semifinals a season ago, which soured their quest for five straight tourney titles. In the 2013 and 2016 NCAA bids, the Blue and Red won their opening round national games before falling in the second round.
BROCK AND ROLL: Junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) carried her regular season momentum into the postseason, scoring the opening goal for the Panthers in the recent HCAC semifinal victory over the Ravens.
Including that contest, Brandi has nine goals, seven assists, and 25 total points on the year. With the triumph over Anderson, Brock has now logged a point in six of her last seven showings while registering a goal in five of those. For such efforts as her two-score, one-dish stretch against Defiance and Mount St. Joseph, Brock won her first career HCAC Offensive Player of the Week award earlier this year.
In the conference, Brock's stats rank toward the top of most columns: her goals are tied for sixth in the HCAC, her points are knotted for fifth, and her seven dimes are in a second-place stalemate.
CARMOSINO CRUISING: Freshman Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) completed her inaugural campaign for the Blue and Red as one of the premier netminders in the conference. Her .883 save percentage, 7 goals allowed, and 0.41 goal-against-average all rank first in the HCAC. Carmosino also has 10 shutouts, with eight of them being solos.
For her efforts in a couple of contests against Transylvania and Anderson, Carmosino was dubbed the HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, pitching two shutouts in the victories.
SCOUTING MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: The Mount St. Joseph Lions have a 15-2-3 record that encompassed a 7-1-1 mark against HCAC foes. The Lions had one of their better seasons to date, as their 15 triumphs mark a program-best over the past 20 years, while their seven conference decisions is their best since 2010. In this contest, Mount St. Joseph will be looking for its first conference championship since 2008, when they beat Manchester for the crown.
With this year's schedule taken into consideration, Hanover has six wins in their past eight meetings with the Lions, with both losses coming in the 2017 season. Among their wins was the Oct. 24 match earlier this campaign, with the Panthers winning 2-1 on a Brock penalty kick in double overtime.
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