2016-17 Top Moments No. 4: Trio of one-goal victories highlights women's soccer's postseason run

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HANOVER, Ind. – As we enter the final few weeks of our Top Moments countdown from the 2016-17 athletic year, the Hanover women’s soccer team’s postseason run highlighted by a trio of one-goal victories comes in at No. 4.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the third and fourth best moments.

Hanover’s women’s soccer squad finished the 2016 regular season 11-5 overall and 8-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, earning a share of the conference’s regular season title for the fourth consecutive year.

In the HCAC Tournament, the Panthers knocked off the three seed, Mount St. Joseph, by a count of 2-1 before winning their fourth consecutive conference tournament championship with a 1-0 win at Franklin.

After beating MSJ 6-0 in the final week of the regular season, HC jumped out to a two-nil lead just two minutes into the second half of the HCAC semifinal contest. The Panthers conceded a goal in the 63rd minute, but controlled possession for much of the final 25 minutes, outshooting the Lions 4-1 down the stretch.

Hanover then traveled to Franklin for the HCAC Tournament Championship, where junior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) scored the game’s only goal in the 40th minute. Senior net minder Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) made two saves over the final 25 minutes to help secure the team’s fourth straight HCAC Tournament championship and automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, HC squared off with the host Illinois Wesleyan. The Panthers and Titans each scored once in the opening 30 minutes of action, but played a scoreless stalemate over the final 60 minutes of regulation, forcing an extra session.

Less than 30 seconds into the overtime period, junior Daria Volker (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) found the back of the net off a cross from senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio), giving HC a 2-1 victory, just the program’s second all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Hanover’s postseason run came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to then No. 3 Trinity (Texas), 3-1. Over the conference and national tournaments, Shroyer, who was named HCAC Most Valuable Defensive Player, collected two goals and one assist to lead the team offensively.

Cornacchione, who led the team with 47 points (16 goals and 15 assists), became the program’s first player to win two athletic all-American awards after earning a third team honor from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2016 and 2014. The senior earned first team academic All-American honors from NSCAA this past season as well.

On Thursday, July 13, we will continue our Top 10 list from the 2016-17 athletic year with our No. 3 moment.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

No. 6: Volleyball’s 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

No. 5: Fogus nets game-winner to secure women’s lacrosse’s first ORLC Tournament spot

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

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