Women's Soccer Report (Week 8) - Hanover Maintains Lead in Championship Race

GREENWOOD, IN - Hanover College improved to 4-0-1 in league play following a pair of wins last week.  The Panthers (11-1-2, 4-0-1 HCAC) defeated Earlham 2-1 and blanked Bluffton 4-0 Saturday.  HC currently holds a one point lead over Rose-Hulman and Manchester in the league championship race.

Freshman forward Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek) led the Panthers offense during the week.  Simpson assisted on the game-winning goal in the Panthers' 2-1 win over Earlham and added two goals to seal Hanover's 4-0 win at Bluffton Saturday.

Hanover is riding a nine-match unbeaten streak dating back to a 2-0 loss at Centre on September 11.  HC remains No. 3 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA DIII Great Lakes Region rankings.

The Panthers will play a pair of road contests at Mount St. Joseph and at Rose-Hulman this week.

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Manchester finished the week 2-0 for the second consecutive week, defeating Defiance and Earlham.  The Spartans (8-6-1, 4-1 HCAC) only loss in league play was a 2-1 setback against Hanover back on October 5.

Transylvania earned an important conference win, beating Rose-Hulman 1-0 in overtime Saturday.  The Pioneers (9-3-2, 3-1-1 HCAC) scored the game-winner in the 100th minute of play, handing the Engineers (8-3-4, 4-1 HCAC) their first HCAC loss.  The Pioneers are ranked No. 6 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA DIII Great Lakes Region rankings.

For a complete recap of Week 8 in HCAC Women's Soccer, click here