Soccer trio nabs all-region honors

Sophomore Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Paige Byers (Noblesville, Ind.) have been named to the all-Great Lakes Region squad by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Front-line threats Alvis and Cornacchione were among just 11 players named first-team all-region. Byers, a defender, was selected to the 12-member second team.

Alvis, a two-time all-Great Lakes Region and all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree, netted five goals and led Hanover with 83 shots and eight assists.

Cornacchione was named the Heartland Conference’s co-most valuable offensive player after her first collegiate season. She led the Panthers with 32 points, including a team-high 14 goals and four assists.

Byers, who netted one goal, anchored a defensive unit which allowed just 13 goals in 22 matches and tallied 10 shutouts.

Hanover set a school single-season record with 18 wins and finished with an 18-2-2 overall mark. The Panthers captured the HCAC’s regular-season championship with an 8-0-1 league record.

Under head coach Jim watts, the squad also set school marks with a 10-match winning streak and 16-match unbeaten streak (14-0-2) during the season.

Hanover earned a berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament for the second time in the past three seasons. The Panthers posted the program’s first tourney victory with a 2-1 win against Salem College (N.C.) in the opening round.

NSCAA all-Great Lakes Region teams