CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) women's soccer regular season came to a close in week 10, with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology crowed the regular season Champions. The Fightin' Engineers earn the No. 1 seed heading into the HCAC playoffs, with Hanover College in the No. 2 slot. Franklin College and Mount St. Joseph University claimed the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds respectively.
Around the League:
Athletes of the Week:
Jessica Wells (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Wells tied a school record with all four goals in just 36 minutes of action in a 4-0 Senior Day win over Transylvania. She added one goal in the 2-1 victory over Anderson that clinched the No. 1 HCAC Tournament seed for RHIT. She enters her final HCAC Tournament with career totals of 44 goals, 26 assists and 114 points.
Amanda Carmosino (Noblesville, Ind.) Hanover College | Goal Keeper | Sophomore - Carmosino guided the Panthers to a week shutout as the team swept Mt. St. Joseph and Defiance. With the weekend performance, the sophomore moved into second among the HCAC with a 1.03 goals against average and fourth in goals against. She tallied 12 saves, including nine saves against a must win MSJ. Carmosino posted a perfect 1.000 save percentage.
- Maddie Huffman (Maineville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defense | Junior - Huffman had a goal and the game-winning assist in Bluffton's double OT win over Manchester on Wednesday night. She added the only Beaver goal on Saturday as Bluffton (6-10-2 and 3-4-2 HCAC) forged its best mark in the Heartland Conference since 2011 when the Beavers went 5-3-1 and played in the HCAC championship game.
- Jules Frazier (Nova, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goal Keeper | Junior - Frazier went 1-0-1 in the final week of the season as she allowed just one goal in over 90 minutes of action. She held Manchester scoreless over the final 27:57 on Wednesday as the Beavers won 3-2 in double OT. Bluffton (6-10-2 and 3-4-2 HCAC) forged its best mark in the Heartland Conference since 2011 when the Beavers went 5-3-1 and played in the HCAC championship game.
- Jordan Blackburne (Plymouth, Ind.) Earlham College | Forward | Junior - Blackburne recorded two goals and one assist for five points while leading Earlham women's soccer to a 2-0-0 week to close out the 2019 regular season. Blackburne scored both goals in Earlham's 4-1 road win over Defiance on Wednesday, giving the Quakers their first HCAC win of the season. Blackburne scored the first goal of the game just 42 seconds into the contest, then assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal in the fifth minute. The two goals were Blackburne's only goals of the 2019 season.
- Mel Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) Earlham College | Goal Keeper | Freshman - Johnson recorded her third shutout of the season in Earlham's 1-0 home win over Manchester on Saturday to close out the 2019 regular season. Johnson recorded four saves during the win, improving her record on the season to 6-8-0. That performance allowed Johnson to improve to third in the HCAC in GAA (1.09), to go with her ranking of third in the conference in fewest goals allowed (15), and second in save percentage (.848).
- Erin Thomas (Greencastle, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Freshman – Thomas made the most of her opportunities on Saturday against MSJ, scoring the game's lone goal with a pretty individual effort in a 1-0 Grizzly win.
- Lexi Short (Avon, Ind.) Franklin College | Goal Keeper | Senior – Short earned shutouts in both games last week, helping Franklin secure the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. She had an easy night on Wednesday, needing to make just one save in a win over Transylvania and made eight stops in a 1-0 win over MSJ on Saturday night, stopping six shots during a busy first half of action.
- Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore - Boothby led the team with three goals and an assist as Hanover swept Mt. St. Joseph 3-0 and Defiance 9-0. With the week outburst, the sophomore moved into second among the league in goals and points. She finished with a team-high seven points and nine shots.
- Katie Demert (Cary, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goal Keeper | Junior – Demert picked up two wins as Rose-Hulman defeated Anderson 2-1 and Transylvania 4-0 last week. Demert had four saves in the win over Anderson that clinched RHIT the No. 1 seed in this week's HCAC Tournament. She played half the game in the win over Transylvania.