HANOVER, Ind. – The No. 14 Hanover women's soccer team scored once in each half as they defeated Anderson at home Tuesday afternoon to advance to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Final.
The Panthers, who won the HCAC regular season title for the fifth time in six years, improved to 17-1-0 overall with the conference tournament semifinal triumph. Anderson concludes its season at 8-5-4 overall.
Hanover was on the offensive attack early Tuesday, recording four shots over the opening 6:30, with the last attempt during the stretch finding the back of the net. Senior Cassidy Evanson's (Carmel, Ind.) kick from six yards out was deflected into the net by Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio), as the junior tallied her team-high ninth goal of the season.
The Panthers would finish with a 7-3 edge in shots over the first 45-minute session, but it was Anderson that held a 2-1 advantage on goal. Freshman netminder Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) made two saves, giving HC a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
The second half saw the Blue and Red ramp up the offensive attack again, as they enjoyed a 10-5 edge in shots. Less than two minutes into the period, Anderson would clear a Panther attack. Senior Abby Daley (Franklin, Ohio) though, volleyed the clear back into the attacking area, where freshman Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) headed the ball into the box for an Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) goal. Daley's assist was the first offensive point of her collegiate career. Boothby tallied her fourth goal of the season and Hughes' two assists gives her a season total of seven.
Carmosino made three second half saves, including one in the 89th minute to secure her eighth solo clean sheet of the fall. Overall, the freshman made five stops in the match.
The Panthers finished with a 17-8 advantage in total shots, while enjoying a 6-5 edge on goal. Corner kicks were also in favor of HC, 9-3. Three Hanover players tallied three shots in the match, including Boothby, Evanson and freshman Anna Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Hanover, who is riding a program-high 17-match unbeaten streak, will now host the HCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Panthers will face either Mount St. Joseph or Transylvania, who are set to meet Wednesday night. The time for the final is still to be determined.
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