Soccer edges Salem to advance in NCAA tourney

Freshmen Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) each scored goals to lead Hanover College’s women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Salem College (N.C.) in the opening round of the NCAA III tournament.

The triumph marks the first in national-tournament action for Hanover, 18-1-2 overall this season. The Panthers advance to meet host Thomas More College (Ky.) in the second round. The teams tied 0-0 through two overtimes in a Sept. 18 clash.

Cornacchione put the Panthers on the scoreboard midway through the 11th minute with her team-leading 14th goal of the season.

Hanover’s lead jumped to 2-0 early in the 52nd minute when Simpson converted a pass from sophomore forward Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio) for her eighth goal of the season.

Salem (15-4-2) cut the deficit in half just five minutes later on an unassisted goal by Tarryn Bundy.

Hanover earned a 14-7 advantage in shots, with seven shots on goal, and had five corner kicks to just three for the Spirits.

Sophomore goaltender Morgan Cole (Mason, Ohio) posted two saves in 90 minutes inside the Panthers’ net.

Hanover and Thomas More will battle at noon, Sunday, Nov. 17, in a second-round match at The Bank of Kentucky Field in Crestview Hills, Ky.

The Saints (18-1-2), ranked No. 14 nationally, advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory against Allegheny College (Pa.).

Hanover vs. Salem (N.C.) statistics