Panthers host Rose-Hulman in HCAC semis

GREENWOOD, IN – The Hanover College women’s soccer program earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title for the fifth time and secured the top seed for the league tournament.

The Panthers earned an outright league championship for the first time since 2003. The squad has won their last seven matches and will battle No. 4 seed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in one semifinal, while No. 2 seed Manchester University will host No. 3 Transylvania University (Ky.) in the second semifinal.

Hanover finished the regular season with an 8-0-1 mark in conference play and a 15-1-2 overall record. The Panthers secured the top seed with a 6-0 win against Defiance College (Ohio), Nov. 2.

Hanover and Rose-Hulman (10-5-4; 6-3 HCAC) met Oct. 26 in Terre Haute, Ind.. The Panthers defeated the Engineers, 1-0, in overtime. 

The winner of the 2 p.m. match-up will advance to the Nov. 9. championship contest.

Manchester (12-6-1; 8-1 HCAC) and Transylvania (13-3-2; 7-1-1 HCAC) will meet in the second semifinal Nov. 6. The Spartans defeated the Pioneers, 2-1, Oct. 12.

Action will get underway in North Manchester, Ind., at 2 p.m.

The highest remaining seed after the two semifinals will host the Heartland Conference championship at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9.

The winner of the tournament will earn the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament,  slated to begin Nov. 15.

Courtesy of the Heartland Conference