Panthers upended by Mount St. Joseph

A high-arcing shot from nearly 30 yards out was enough for the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) to upend Hanover College’s women’s soccer team, 1-0, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex.

The rainbow-like attempt in the 66th minute from Mount St. Joseph freshman Kayla Eiben dropped just beneath the crossbar and above the fingertips of Hanover senior goalie Bethann Hancock (Lexington, Ky.) for the only goal of the match.

Eiben’s goal lifted Mount St. Joseph to its first win of the season (1-12-1; 1-4 HCAC).

Hanover had a 17-7 advantage in shots and multiple opportunities to score. Most were either just off the mark or smothered by the Lions’ goaltender Shelbi Benzinger, who finished with five saves.

Freshman forward Anne-Spicer Adams (Midway, Ky.) had four shots to lead the Panthers’ attack, while junior midfielder Paige Byers (Noblesville, Ind.) and sophomore Hannah Barker (Carmel, Ind.) each attempted three.

Hancock totaled two saves against the Lions, which had just three shots on goal.

With the setback, Hanover slipped to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the Heartland Conference.

Hanover vs. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics