Hanover’s Hunter Guthrie is swarmed by teammates Evan Stacy (4), Renato Yostsui (16) Michael Dumaine (11) and Ryan Keeney (14) after scoring a first half goal that tied the Panthers with Wabash College on Sunday at Hanover. The goal proved huge after both teams were scoreless the remainder of regulation. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Hanover’s Hunter Guthrie is swarmed by teammates Evan Stacy (4), Renato Yostsui (16) Michael Dumaine (11) and Ryan Keeney (14) after scoring a first half goal that tied the Panthers with Wabash College on Sunday at Hanover. The goal proved huge after both teams were scoreless the remainder of regulation. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Hanover volleyball knocked off Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Ohio Wesleyan Saturday to remain perfect on the season with the program’s first ever 8-0 start.

The Panthers have now won 10 consecutive matches in the Hanover Invitational dating back to the 2014 season. They have also won their first four home matches of the 2017 season.

Three Panthers logged double-digit kills in single matches on Saturday — Courtney Crawford and Emily Ertel each in the second half of the doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan (4-3) — and Kristin Goben with 10 kills in the opener versus SMWC (3-2).

Monique Huynh posted 30 digs over the two matches to lead the squad that included a team-high 20 against SMWC. Haley Alexander totaled 46 assists on the day.

In Saturday’s opener, after winning the first set 25-19, Hanover trailed early on in the second before using a 6-0 run to gain a 10-7 advantage. The Panthers then never trailed in the remainder of the set and used a pair of service aces from Amber Miller to close out the set win 25-15.

The final set was tied at 10-10 until the Panthers scored 10 of the next 15 points to lead 20-15. Each side recorded five points over the final 10 rallies, giving the Panthers the 25-20 victory.

Later on Saturday, Hanover cruised to a 25-17 first set victory over Wesleyan. With the set tied 10-10, the Panthers used a 10-2 scoring run fueled by three consecutive Claire Dennis blocks to build a comfortable advantage.

The Battling Bishops controlled most of the second set and never trailing in a 25-11 win that squared the match 1-1.

Hanover and OWU went back-and-forth in third set before the Panthers won five of the final seven points to edge the Bishops 25-23 and take a 2-1 series edge. A Wesleyan attacking error set up set point at 24-22 and the Bishops’ head coach was assessed a red card resulting in the 25th point for Hanover.

Hanover got of to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set and then never trailed in the 25-22 decision.

Crawford and Margo Main were named to the All-Tournament team for Hanover.

On Friday, Hanover defeated Centre (Ky.) in straight sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-23.

The Panthers will look to stay unbeaten at home and overall when they host Thomas More (Ky.) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.



Soccer wins fourth straight

Women’s soccer saw its three-match shutout streak come to an end, but Hanover still earned its fourth straight win 3-1 over Augustana (Ill.) on Sunday.

Maisyn Garland got the scoring started with a shot right in front of the goal at the 35:14 mark in the opening half off assists from sophomore Brandi Brock and freshman Natalie Fausz for a 1-0 lead.

Then at the 64:42 mark in the second half Claire Stockwell beat the Augustana keeper on a penalty kick to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Vikings answered just over two minutes later when Mady Huber scored her first goal of the season off a free kick to cut the lead in half at 2-1 but Hanover’s Sydney Mattingly quickly answered back on an assist by Cassidy Evanson for the final 3-1 tally.

The Panthers (4-1-0) out-shot Augustana 13-7 in the game and had the only two corner kicks of the match. Sophomore Emma DeBolt improved to 2-1 in goal for Hanover with one save in two chances.

Hanover defeated Wittenburg 1-0 on Saturday.

Maisyn Garland, a sophomore from Rochester, Ill, scored her first goal of the season late in the game and DeBolt stopped all five shots she faced to secure the win.

The Panthers out-shot the Tigers 10-4 in the first half but Wittenberg took 13 shots to Hanover’s three in the second half and had eight corner kicks to only two for Hanover.

The Panthers host Thomas More (Ky.) at 5 p.m. Wednesday.



Men’s soccer top Giants in OT

It took almost an entire overtime period to decide it, but Hanover men’s soccer defeated Wabash 2-1 at home on Sunday.

The teams battled to a 1-1 tie at halftime before playing the second half and almost all of a 10-minute overtime scoreless and still deadlocked 1-1.

But with less than a minute remaining in the first overtime period, Tanner Korfhagen sent a volley off a deflected cross into the back of the net, giving the Hanover men’s the 2-1 home victory.

Wabash opened the scoring at the 9:00 mark of the first half when Stojan Krsteski scored off an assist by Cory Sims but Hunter Guthrie scored on a rebounded shot from senior Ryan Keeney in the 33rd minute to knot the match 1-1

Hanover (2-2-0) and Wabash (2-1-0) played a scoreless second half, forcing the extra 10-minute session. With 51 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Korfhagen scored on Hanover’s lone overtime-shot attempt.

The Little Giants logged four shots over the final 10 minutes of regulation and an additional two in the overtime period, but freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel was called on to make just one save, with the other five attempts not coming on goal. Bedel made three saves in the match and improved to 2-1-0 overall after picking up the victory.

Korfhagen was the lone Panther to log multiple shots and was one of five players for Hanover to post one shot on goal. The freshmen has now scored in back-to-back games, totaling two goals in two home matches this weekend.

Hanover has now won two straight matches against Wabash, and holds a 2-1-1 record versus the Little Giants since the start of the 2014 season.

On Saturday, Hanover fell behind visiting Otterbein 2-0 and was unable to come all the way back in a 2-1 loss

Just over midway through the first half, Otterbein’s Pau Piang netted his first goal of the season, an unassisted score, to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Otterbein (2-1-0) out-shot Hanover 7-4 in the first half, but the score remained 1-0 until the 45:51 mark in the second half when Zach Lewis found the back of the net for his first goal of the year to make it 2-0. Piang had the assist.

Korfhagen scored a penalty kick at 48:53 but it was too little and too late.

Otterbein had a 16-8 advantage in total shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks. Bedel and sophomore Chris Brashear combined in goal for Hanover. Bedel allowed one goal and made seven saves in 78:55 minutes of action, but had to leave the match due to an injury.

Hanover competes in the Wilmington (Ohio) Kiwanis Classic Friday and Saturday opening with a neutral site contest against Cincinnati-Clermont (Ohio) on Friday.



Goodwin wins, Hanover wins

Hanover women’s golf earned individual medalist honors and a first place finish in tit’s own invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

Allison Goodwin led throughout as her career-best 36-hole total of 159 (79-81) was good enough for medalist by one stroke.

Scarlett Hartlage tied for fourth overall at 163 (79-84) while Sam Pease shot a 166 (83-83) for seventh and Dayna Dale and Cassie Hendrickson tied for 17th with a pair of 172s. Dale shot (83-89) while Hendrickson carded (84-88).

Skylar McMahon and Raigan Porath shot 184 (87-97) and 185 (91-94) to place 28th and 30th, respectively.

Hanover shot the lowest team total Saturday at 322 and tied for second lowest Sunday at 335. The combined 657 was good enough to hold off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Rose-Hulman, by six strokes. Hanover has won its own invitational in three of the last four years.

Former Shawe player Megg Hensler shot a 188 ((94-94) for Franklin College to tie for 36th. The Grizzlies placed fifth as a team at 716.

Hanover plays Saturday and Sunday at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic.