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Hanover women overpower Bluffton
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, October 15, 2012 11:00 AM
Hanover’s Serena Isadore, a freshman from Cincinnati, celebrates with teammates after hammering a direct kick around Bluffton’s defensive wall and out of the reach of goalkeeper Maggie Armstrong. Armstrong, the Bluffton goalie, is a former player for Switzerland County. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Hanover College’s John Wittich (right) tries to evade a face full of the ball and a chest full of foot from Bluffton defender Michael Ralph during Saturday’s men’s soccer game at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex. Wittich, a junior from West Chester, Ohio, scored one goal in the Panthers’ 5-0 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win in Hanover. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Tricia Walsh and Serena Isadore each had a goal and an assist to power Hanover College's women's soccer team to a 5-1 victory over Bluffton (Ohio) Saturday at home.
After leading 1-0 at halftime, Hanover exploded for four goals in the second period to post the program's 18th consecutive win over Bluffton.
Walsh, a sophomore from Amelia, Ohio, scored in the 30th minute on a breakaway after taking a feed from Christa Hurak, a senior from Lexington, Ky. The goal was her team-leading seventh of the season.
Hannah Barker, a sophomore from Carmel, started the second-half burst with a goal in the 52nd minute after a looping pass into the box from Isadore.
Isadore, a freshman from Cincinnati, then pushed the margin to 3-0 just two minutes later by drilling a direct kick around a wall into the lower right-hand corner of the net from 20 yards out.
Bluffton avoided the shutout with a goal in the 62nd minute. The Beavers' Maddie Moore, working in a crowd in front of the box, was able to head a cross from Aimee Whitmer into the net to cut the Panthers' lead to 3-1.
Autry Graham, a freshman from Versailles, Ky., countered for Hanover in the 75th minute with her first collegiate goal. Walsh laid a ball into the middle of the six-yard box for a Graham chip shot to increase the lead to 4-1.
Becca Carss, a sophomore from Harrodsburg, Ky., capped the Panthers' scoring in the 89th minute when she crammed a pass attempt through traffic, then collected the ball on the other side for a breakaway into the net from 12 yards out for her first collegiate goal.
Former Switzerland County standout Maggie Armstrong started in goal for Bluffton. She played the first 58-plus minutes and allowed three goals without a save.
Hanover out-shot Bluffton by just a 12-9 margin.
Hanover, now 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, hosts Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Wednesday.
Men blank Beavers
Hanover College's men's soccer team erupted for five second-half goals record its first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season 5-0 over Bluffton (Ohio) Saturday at home.
Matt Flora, a sophomore from North Vernon, scored two goals and three upperclassmen also hit the back of the net to fuel the victory.
Hanover, which outshot Bluffton by a 20-5 margin, scored three goals in a six-minute span early in the second half. The Panthers later used two goals in 32 seconds to seal the victory.
Flora tallied his first goal in the opening two minutes of the second half to get Hanover on the scoreboard. Drew Servais, a sophomore from Carmel, assisted on the goal.
Carson Reynolds, a junior from Versailles, Ky., increased the margin to 2-0 with a goal in the 51st minute off a pass from freshman Joaquin Acuna of Santiago, Chile.
John Wittich, a junior from West Chester, Ohio, converted a header off an assist from sophomore Drew Roberts from Goshen, Ky. in the 52nd minute to bump the Panthers' lead to 3-0.
Flora landed his second goal of the match with a chip shot over the outstretched arms of Bluffton goalie Jeff Yoder early in the 68th minute.
Just 32 seconds later, Bob Waldren, a senior from Indianapolis, netted his first goal of the season for the final margin.
Hanover had a 15-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Panthers, now 5-6-3 overall and 1-3-1 in the HCAC, host Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) on Tuesday.
Volleyball 1-1 on road
Hanover College's volleyball team split a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matches in Ohio over the weekend.
Hanover picked up a 25-18, 25-19, 25-15 win over Bluffton on Saturday but dropped a five-set decision to Defiance, 25-16, 22-25, 16-25, 25-19, 15-13 on Sunday.
Ashleigh Burakiewicz, a senior from Greenwood, totaled a match-high eight kills to lead Hanover's attack against Bluffton on Saturday to go with 15 digs.
Kelsey Wagner, a junior from Taylor Mill, Ky., had 17 assists and Allie Deaton, a freshman from Lexington, Ky, added 14 to help fuel the offense.
Nicole Hoene, a freshman from Seymour, had two solo blocks and six block assists, while Kylie Justus, a junior from Crawfordsville, had a match-best 16 digs to key the defense.
Sarah Quebe, a senior from Indianapolis, had 15 kills against Defiance on Sunday. Justus had 18 digs, Deaton had 21 assists, Wagner had 20 assists, and Maddie Hartman, a freshman from Madison, had 15 digs.
Hanover, now 13-13 overall and 3-4 in the HCAC, hosts Anderson on Friday.
Tennis wraps up fall
Hanover College's fall season in women's tennis came to an end Saturday with a 5-3 loss to Anderson in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
The match was held at the West Indy Racquet Club in Indianapolis.
Hanover opened with victories in two of the three doubles matches. Anderson, however, rebounded with wins in four of five completed singles matches to advance in the six-team event.
Results were: Singles - No. 1 Courtney Postmus (AU) vs. Danielle Miller (HC) unfinished; No. 2 Alexis Taylor (HC) d. Sylvia Schering (AU) 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Tara Akers (AU) d. Kelsey Jones (HC) 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 Ashlan Millikan (AU) d. Allison Poston (HC) 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Michaela Hurd (AU) d. Shelby Williamson (HC) 6-5, 6-1; No. 6 Kourtney Brubaker (AU) d. Kalynne Miller (HC) 6-2, 6-0. Doubles - No. 1 Danielle Miller, Poston (HC) d. Postmus, Schering (AU) 9-7; No. 2 Taylor, Jones (HC) d. Akers, Millikan (AU) 8-3; No. 3 Hurd, Brubaker (AU) d. Paige Spalding, Amanda Learned (HC) 8-4.
Hanover caps its fall campaign with a 5-6 record. The Panthers finished tied for fourth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 4-4 mark.
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