Frosh push women's soccer into HCAC lead

Freshman Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) scored two goals as the Hanover College women’s soccer team defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Bluffton University (Ohio), 4-0. The win moves the Panthers into sole possession of first place in the league.

Hanover controlled the offensive tempo almost from the start, only allowing one Bluffton shot in the first period while attempting 14 shots.

Freshman forward Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the first goal for the Panthers, turning a Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) assist into a 1-0 advantage just 17:18 into the game.

Cornacchione leads the Panthers with seven goals on the season.

Alvis, the team leader in in assists with five, had a season-high three in the match.

Bluffton goalkeeper Maggie Armstrong had seven of her game-high 14 saves in the first period.

Despite several shots on goal, Hanover struggled to find the net early in the second period.

The Panthers responded with three goals in 10-minute span late in the second half to put the game out of reach.

At the 70:50 mark, Cornacchione passed to classmate Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) at the top of the box and Dean converted her first career goal.

Simpson followed with her first career goal just eight minutes later (78:28), placing an Alvis assist past the Beavers' keeper to put Hanover ahead 3-0.

Two minutes later (80:26), Alvis again found Simpson for a second and final goal, securing the 4-0 victory.

Hanover outshot Bluftton 32-4 and enjoyed a 11-0 corner kick advantage.

Alvis had eight shots, while Cornacchione had nine as the Panthers improve to 11-1-2 overall and 4-0-1 in Heartland Conference play.

Bluffton falls to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the HCAC.

Hanover at Bluffton (Ohio) statistics