Panthers tagged with first league loss

Hanover College’s women’s soccer team was knocked out of first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 1-0 loss at Earlham College. The clash between league front-runners was played Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Richmond, Ind.

The loss snapped Hanover’s five-match winning streak and was the third consecutive meeting between the squads to be decided by a 1-0 score.

Earlham’s Ryder Comstock scored in the 13th minute off an assist from Joy Doucette for the game-winner.

The Quakers held a 9-8 edge in shots and both teams had four shots on goal.

Senior midfielder Christa Hurak (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore midfielder Erin Hancock (Amelia, Ohio) fired two shots apiece to pace Hanover’s attack.

Senior goaltender Bethann Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) totaled three first-half saves. Earlham’s Ashley Johnson had four saves, with all coming in the second period when the Panthers attempted seven shots.

With the setback, Hanover slipped to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the Heartland Conference.

Earlham raised its mark to 7-4-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the league.

Hanover at Earlham statistics