Hanover’s Sydney Mattingly (8, above left) attempts to kick the ball away from Franklin goalie Lexi Short (1) as teammate Autumn Boothby (12) and Franklin’s Mackenzie Bergman (19) and Hannah Warstler (15) close in. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover’s Sydney Mattingly (8, above left) attempts to kick the ball away from Franklin goalie Lexi Short (1) as teammate Autumn Boothby (12) and Franklin’s Mackenzie Bergman (19) and Hannah Warstler (15) close in. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover finally took control of its semifinal contest against Franklin late in the first half then blew open the match in the second to roll to a 3-0 win in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament Tuesday on campus.

The Panthers, the No. 2 seed in the tourney, had trouble shaking loose of upset-minded Franklin over the game’s first 35 minutes, even giving up a penalty kick chance in the 25th minute that went wide.

But Hanover finally gained its footing late in the half, launching three shots at the Franklin goal over the final eight minutes, two of which hit off the post from near point-blank range.

The Panthers finally broke through in the 57th minute of the second half when Bryn Rolfsen, a sophomore from Loveland, Ohio, connected on her first penalty kick of the season.

That marker changed the complexion of the match as Hanover dominated the final 35 minutes, getting a second goal by Ruby Kate Gray, a sophomore from Lexington, Kentucky, in the 82nd minute and a final score from Abby Howes, a senior from Terre Haute, in the 87th minute for the final margin. Brandi Brock and Autumn Boothby provided assists on the goals.

Hanover ended up holding a 22-8 advantage in overall shots, including 12-2 on goal, as well 6-2 in corner kicks. Amanda Carmosino, a sophomore keeper from Noblesville who is the reigning HCAC Player of the Week, needed only two saves to record the win.

Franklin ended its season with a 7-12-1 record.

Hanover, now 11-5-2 on the season, advances to the HCAC championship game where it will face top-seeded Rose-Hulman on Saturday. The Fightin’ Engineers knocked off No. 4 seed Mount St. Joseph 2-1 in Tuesday’s other semifinal.