The Hanover College women’s soccer team’s historic season came to a close with a 1-0 loss at Thomas More College (Ky.) in the second round of the NCAA III national tournament.
Thomas More out-shot Hanover 17-5, including a 13-4 margin in the decisive first period. The Saints also earned a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Thomas More’s first corner kick of the match proved costly for the Panthers. The Saints' Kirstie Reilman converted a corner kick by Emily Sanker into the net in the eighth minute for the eventual game-winner.
Hanover finished with three shots on goal, including two in closing 12 minutes as the Panthers tried to mount a rally.
Sophomore Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and classmate Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) each had shots turned away.
Sophomore goalie Morgan Cole (Mason, Ohio) totaled seven saves.
Hanover caps its season with a school-record 18 victories (18-2-2). The Panthers also set school marks with 10 consecutive wins and a 16-match unbeaten streak (14-0-2).
Thomas More moves on to the sectional semifinals with a 19-1-2 record.
Published Sunday, November 17, 2013