August 7, 2012

Hanover Named Favorite to Capture Women’s Soccer Title

GREENWOOD, IN – Hanover College has been selected to pace the competitive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference race in women’s soccer this season. The Panthers received 96 total points in a poll of the conference’s ten head coaches, grabbing six first place votes.  Transylvania University finished behind the Panthers with 92 points and four first place votes.

Earlham College placed third in the poll with 78 total points, while Bluffton University finished fourth with 63 points.  Manchester University received 60 points and finished fifth, while College of Mount St. Joseph (48 points), Franklin College (43), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (32), Defiance College (27), and Anderson University (11) rounded out the poll.

Hanover College finished 2011 with an 8-1-0 conference record and a 15-3-2 mark overall, sharing the conference title with Earlham.  The Panthers defeated Bluffton 1-0 in the HCAC tournament championship and fell 3-0 to Loras in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  Hanover fielded the conference’s best offense and defense last fall, scoring 48 goals and allowing only 12 goals in 20 matches played.

2012 HCAC Preseason Poll

Team

Points

Hanover

96 (6)

Transylvania

92 (4)

Earlham

78

Bluffton

63

Manchester

60

Mount St. Joseph

48

Franklin

43

Rose-Hulman

32

Defiance

27

Anderson

11

The 2012 version of the Panthers return three players that earned First-Team All-HCAC honors last fall, including the conference’s Defensive MVP and Freshman of the Year.  Sophomore forward Erin Hancock (Amelia, Ohio/H.S.) returns after leading the squad in goals and points as a freshman.  Hancock totaled 17 points on the season after scoring seven goals and contributing three assists.  Senior back Kaitlin McCulloch (Florence, Ky./Boone Co.) anchored the Hanover defense that allowed only 12 goals in 20 matches last fall.

Transylvania University finished third with a 7-2-0 conference record last season and finished 14-3-1 overall.  The Pioneers fell to Hanover on penalty kicks in the HCAC tournament semifinals.  Transy has four returning First-Team All-HCAC selections from last season’s squad, including their top two scorers.  Sophomore forward Alyssa Kruse (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek) led the team with 10 goals and HCAC with 25 points as a freshman.  Junior forward Amy Ghibaudy (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) ranked second on the squad last fall with nine goals and 21 points.

Earlham will look for a third-straight HCAC title this fall.  The Quakers claimed a share of the league title in 2011 with an 8-1-0 mark (11-6-1 overall), but fell to Bluffton in the HCAC tournament semifinals.  Earlham returns three First-Team All-HCAC members from last fall, including HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player Ikumi Doucette (Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt).  The senior midfielder scored a team high 10 goals on 43 shots last fall.  Senior midfielder Joy Doucette (Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) also returns after leading the team with 24 points on nine goals and six assists a year ago.

The 2012 women’s soccer season is scheduled to open on August 31.

 

Players to Watch

 

Anderson

Wynne O’Neal

Sophomore

Midfield

Paragon, Ind./Martinsville

 
 
 

Page Martin

Sophomore

Forward

Vincennes, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Julie Marron

Junior

Midfield

Danville, Ill./H.S.

 
 
 

Bluffton

Maddie Moore

Senior

Midfield

Linn Grove, Ind./South Adams

 
 
 

Taylor Fultz

Sophomore

Forward

Camden, Ohio/Preble Shawnee

 
 

Aimee Whitmer

Junior

Back

Grand Rapids, Ohio/Otsego

 
 

Maggie Armstrong

Junior

Goalkeeper

Vevay, Ind./Switzerland Co.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Defiance

Katie Heitkamp

Senior

Back

St. Marys, Ohio/Memorial

 
 
 

Bibiana Parra

Junior

Midfield

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earlham

Ikumi Doucette

Senior

Midfield

Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

 
 
 

Joy Doucette

Senior

Midfield

Berwyn Heights, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

 
 

Paige Thomas

Senior

Midfield

Bel Air, Md./Baltimore Friends School

 
 

Cate Simmermaker

Senior

Back

Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Franklin

Abby Goss

Senior

Midfield

Martinsville, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 

Vanessa Benham

Junior

Forward

Needham, Ind./Franklin

 
 

Christa Hendrickson

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Crown Point, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hanover

Kaitlin McCulloch

Senior

Back

Florence, Ky./Boone Co.


 

Christa Hurak

Senior

Midfield

Lexington, Ky./Catholic


Kelly McRoberts

Senior

Forward

Louisville, Ky./Manual


Paige Byers

Junior

Midfield

Noblesville, Ind./H.S.


 

Erin Hancock

Sophomore

Forward

Amelia, Ohio/H.S.


 
 
 
 
 

Manchester

Sara Barker

Senior

Back

Goshen, Ind./H.S.


 

Emily Willmann

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Montpelier, Ind./Blackford


Sofia Tzortzinis

Sophomore

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron


 
 
 
 

The Mount

Shelbi Benzinger

Senior

Goalkeeper

Covington, Ky./Scott


 

Lauren Bishnow

Junior

Back

Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne


Jessica Pykosz

Senior

Forward

Milford, Ohio/H.S.


 
 
 
 

Rose-Hulman

Nicky Wheeler

Sophomore

Forward

Avon, Ind./H.S.


 

Amanda Kingman

Junior

Back

Plano, Texas/Senior


 

Haley O’Neil

Sophomore

Midfield

Batavia, Ill./H.S.


 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Transylvania

Anne Marie Dumaine

Junior

Back

California, Ky./Campbell Co.


 

Amy Ghibaudy

Junior

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Catholic


Natosha Boden

Senior

Midfield

Nicholasville, Ky./West Jessamine


 

Alyssa Kruse

Sophomore

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek