KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Hanover women's soccer team continued its postseason awards' tour, as three players were recognized by the United Soccer Coaches with scholar all-region accolades Monday, Dec. 10.
The 2018 season marks the first time since the 2016 campaign that Hanover has produced three scholar all-region performers for the United Soccer Coaches' North/Central District. This season also gave the Panthers their fourth straight season with at least one first team selection.
Junior Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named to the first team Monday, while seniors Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) and Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) were each tabbed to the second team. The three honorees tie a program high for HC, as the program also received three awards in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Brock, who is the fifth player under head coach Jim Watts to be named a United Soccer Coaches first team scholar athlete, paced the Panthers with nine goals and 25 total points this past fall. The junior midfielder also tied for the team-high in assists with seven. Brock also scored the game-winning, double-overtime goal on a penalty kick at Mount St. Joseph to secure the program's fifth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title in six years. For her performance on the field, Brock was tabbed a first team selection by the HCAC and the United Soccer Coaches Great Lakes region.
Evanson, who also picked up all-region accolades from the United Soccer Coaches this season, tallied a career-high six goals. In her final collegiate campaign, the senior added two assists to give her 14 total points, good enough for a first team all-HCAC award. The senior is a two-time United Soccer Coaches all-region performer and is picking up her first scholar honor from the organization in 2018.
Hawkins led a Panther defense that posted a season goal-against-average of 0.59 this fall. The backline also assisted in the team's 11 shutouts, as Hanover conceded just eight shots per game, less than four on goal, and a .071 opponents' shot percentage. A 2018 United Soccer Coaches all-region and first team all-HCAC pick, Hawkins tallied her lone goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Rose-Hulman on Oct. 11.
The Blue and Red, since 2011, have now had at least one United Soccer Coaches scholar all-region award winner in every season. Under coach Watts, the Panthers have now received 17 academic honors by the coaching organization, which was formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Hanover produced one of its best seasons in program history, finishing the 2018 campaign with a 17-2-0 overall record and a 9-0-0 HCAC mark. The Panthers set new program records for longest winning and unbeaten streak, which now stands at 17 matches. As a result, the Blue and Red were awarded with 10 all-conference, five all-region and now three scholar all-region selections.
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