Hanover College Named Favorite to Capture Women's Soccer Title

Hanover College Named Favorite to Capture Women's Soccer Title

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Hanover College has been selected to pace the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference race in women's soccer this season. The Panthers received 91 total points in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches, grabbing eight first place votes.  Franklin College finished behind the Panthers with 81 points and the two first place votes.

Mount St. Joseph University placed third in the poll with 72 total points, while Transylvania University finished fourth with 71 points.  Anderson University received 57 points and finished fifth, while Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (54 points), Bluffton University (40), Manchester University (36), Earlham College (25), and Defiance College (24) rounded out the poll.

Hanover College finished 2015 with an 8-1 conference record and a 15-6 mark overall, winning an outright league title.  The Panthers defeated Franklin in the HCAC tournament championship to earn a NCAA tourney berth.  Hanover fell in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to Capital 1-0, ending the season. 

The 2016 version of the Panthers return three players that earned first-team All-HCAC honors last fall, including the HCAC Defensive MVP.  Junior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville) has played in all 42 games of her career on the defensive end at Hanover. Senior forward Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin) returns after playing in 21 games last season while producing 17 goals and eight assists for the Panthers offense. Senior Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek) contributed 12 goals and eight assists as a junior tallying a total of 32 points.

Franklin College finished second with an 8-1 conference record last season and finished 16-3 overall.  The Grizzlies fell to Hanover in the HCAC tournament championship 2-0 in regulation.  Franklin returns three first-team All-HCAC selection from last season's squad, including the HCAC Offensive MVP. Sophomore forward Maddie Fleet (Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian) led the conference in goals and total points last season.  She contributed 24 goals and seven assists totaling 55 points for her freshman season with the Grizzlies. Sophomore midfielder Clare Lenart (Seymour, Ind. / Seymour) led the HCAC with 10 assists. Senior defender Audra Lane(Washington, Ind. / Washington) scored a career-high six goals and started all 19 games for the Grizzlies.

Mount St. Joseph University will look to challenge for an HCAC title in 2016.  The Lions finished third in the conference race last fall with a 5-2-2 mark (10-6-3 overall), but lost to Franklin in the HCAC tournament semifinals.  Mount St. Joseph will return one first-team All-HCAC selection from the 2015 team.  Sophomore forward Kaylan Gruber (Harrison, Ohio / Harrison) led the team with 10 goals and six assists in 16 games last season.

The 2016 women's soccer season is scheduled to open on September 1.

Players to Watch

Anderson   Halley Embree   Senior   Midfield   Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove
    Kelsey Schoeneweis   Senior   Back   Moon Township, Pa. / Moon Area
    Taylor Hurley   Senior   Midfield   Maryville, Tenn. / Maryville Christian
    Chloe Hassett   Junior   Midfield   Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills
    Maddie Martin   Junior   Forward   West Harrison, Ind. / East Central 
Bluffton   Abby Karikas   Senior   Back   Curtice,Ohio / Genoa Area
    Beth Snyder   Senior   Midfield   Akron, N.Y. / Akron Central
    Brittany Huff   Junior   Back   Union, Ohio / Northmont
Defiance   Kassie Memmer   Junior   Midfield   Bowling Green, Ohio / Bowling Green
    Maizy Lepkowski   Sophomore   Midfield   Perrysburg, Ohio / Perrysburg
    Katie Tilman   Senior   Forward   Miami, Fla. / LaSalle
    Lea McCoy   Sophomore   Forward   Akron, Ohio / Rittman
Earlham   Kelly Mayhew   Senior   Midfield   Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek
    Micaela Bush   Senior   Back   Pikeville, Ky. / Pikeville
    Cherrah Barclay   Senior   Forward   Takoma Park, Md. / Montgomery Blair
    Sari Stissi   Freshman   Goalkeeper   -----
Franklin   Audra Lane   Senior   Back   Washington, Ind. / Washington
    Clare Lenart   Junior   Midfield   Seymour, Ind. / Seymour
    Maddie Fleet   Sophomore   Forward   Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian
Hanover   Anna Cornachionne   Senior   Forward   Cincinnati, Ohio / Turpin
    Abby Shroyer   Junior   Back   Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville
    Elaine Simpson   Senior   Forward   Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek
    Katie Workman   Junior   Back   Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek
    Cassidy Evanson   Sophomore   Midfield   Carmel, Ind. / Carmel
Manchester   Courtney Hersick   Junior   Midfield/Forward   Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth
    Maranda Birmingham   Sophomore   Forward   Kouts, Ind. / Kouts
    Isabella Zoog   Sophomore   Back   Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg
MSJ   Taylor Clark   Junior   Midfield   Hamilton, Ohio / Ross
    Kaylan Gruber   Sophomore   Forward   Harrison, Ohio / Harrison
    Michelle Hessling   Junior   Goalkeeper   Hamilton, Ohio / Hamilton Badin
Rose-Hulman   Eliska Saiz   Junior   Forward   Albuquerque, N.M. / Albuquerque Academy
    Samantha Jacobs   Sophomore   Back   Orland Park, Ill. / Carl Sandburg
    Miranda Chastain   Senior   Midfield   Clayton, Ind. / Cascade
Transylvania   Noel Obata   Sophomore   Midfield/Forward   Lebanon, Ky. / Marion County
    Megan Wall   Junior   Back   Knoxville, Tenn. / West
    Charlotte Pruet   Senior   Midfield/Forward   Louisville, Ky. / Eastern
    Erin Koch   Senior   Midfield   Pee Wee Valley, Ky. / South Oldham