Hanover College Named Favorite to Capture Women’s Soccer Title

2014 Schedule

GREENWOOD, IN – Hanover College has been selected to pace the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference race in women's soccer this season. The Panthers received 98 total points in a poll of the conference's ten head coaches, grabbing nine first place votes.  Transylvania University finished behind the Panthers with 88 points.

Manchester University placed third in the poll with 82 total points and the final first place vote, while Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished fourth with 65 points.  Franklin College received 48 points and finished fifth, while Mount St. Joseph University (45 points), Defiance College (42), Earlham College (33), Bluffton University (30), and Anderson University (19) rounded out the poll.

Hanover College finished 2013 with an 8-0-1 conference record and an 18-2-2 mark overall, winning an outright league title.  The Panthers defeated Transylvania in the HCAC tournament championship to earn a NCAA tourney berth.  Hanover beat Salem 2-1 in the first round, but fell 1-0 at Thomas More to end the season. 

The 2014 version of the Panthers return two players that earned first-team All-HCAC honors last fall, including the HCAC Offensive MVP.  Sophomore forward Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) returns after leading the conference in goals as a freshman.  Cornacchione totaled 32 points on the season after scoring 14 goals and contributing four assists.  Junior midfielder Rachel Alvis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) added five goals and a team-high eight assists during her sophomore campaign.

Transylvania University finished third with a 7-1-1 conference record last season and finished 14-5-2 overall.  The Pioneers fell to Hanover in the HCAC tournament championship.  Transy earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, dropping a 3-0 decision at Illinois Wesleyan in the first round.  Transylvania returns one second-team All-HCAC selection from last season's squad and will have to replace the production from three first-team selections who graduated.  Senior forward Alyssa Kruse (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek)  led the Pios in goals (7) and points (17) as a junior, earning the second-team honors.

Manchester University will look to challenge for an HCAC title in 2014.  The Spartans finished second in the conference race last fall with an 8-1 mark (12-7-1 overall), but lost to Transylvania in the HCAC tournament semifinals.  The Spartans will have two returning first-team All-HCAC selections from the 2013 team.  Senior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind./H.S.) and junior forward Brandy Crouse (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) will strive to pace the offense.  Barta totaled 35 points with 13 goals and a conference-best nine assists, while Crouse added 10 goals for the black and gold.

The 2014 women's soccer season is scheduled to open on August 29.

Players to Watch

Anderson

Wynne O'Neal

Senior

Midfield

Paragon, Ind./Martinsville

 
 
 

Taylor Shoemake

Junior

Midfield

Dyer, Ind./Lake Central

 
 

Page Martin

Senior

Midfield

Vincennes, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Taylor Hurley

Sophomore

Back

Maryville, Tenn./H.S.

 
 
 

Bluffton

Marisa Aguilar

Junior

Back

Taylor, Mich./Divine Child

 
 
 

Abby Karikas

Sophomore

Back

Curtice, Ohio/Genoa Area

 
 

Kristen Tropf

Sophomore

Forward

Findlay, Ohio/Van Buren

 
 

Brittany Huff

Freshman

Back

Union, Ohio/Northmont

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Defiance

Chelsie Moyer

Senior

Back

Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe

 
 
 

Lindsay Bubnick

Senior

Midfield

Vandalia, Ohio/Butler

 
 

Melina Alexander

Senior

Midfield

Clio, Mich./Area

 
 

Maegan Redick

Senior

Forward

Lima, Ohio/Shawnee

 
 
 

Earlham

Kelly Mayhew

Sophomore

Midfield

Beavercreek, Ohio/H.S.

 
 
 

Gia Casaburo

Senior

Back

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Dwenger

 
 

Cherrah Barclay

Sophomore

Forward

Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Franklin

Kayla Dragstrem

Senior

Midfield

Brownsburg, Ind./H.S.

 
 
 

Audra Lane

Sophomore

Back

Washington, Ind./H.S.

 
 

Brandy Ramaj

Senior

Forward

Washington, Ind./H.S.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Hanover

Rachel Alvis

Junior

Midfield

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain


 

Erin Hancock

Senior

Forward

Amelia, Ohio/H.S.


Anna Cornacchione

Sophomore

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin


Elaine Simpson

Sophomore

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek


 

Megan Insley

Junior

Back

Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Washington


 

 

 

 

 


Manchester

Katelyn Barta

Senior

Forward

Griffith, Ind./H.S.


 

Emily Willmann

Senior

Goalkeeper

Montpelier, Ind./Blackford


Sofia Tzortzinis

Senior

Midfield

Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron


Brandy Crouse

Junior

Forward

Cleves, Ohio/Taylor


 

 

 

 


The Mount

Mackenzie Money

Junior

Midfield

Mason, Ohio/H.S.


 

Brenna Lonneman

Freshman

Back

Windham, N.H./Central Catholic


Breeann Bailey

Freshman

Forward

Ludlow, Ky./H.S.


Morgan Knasel

Freshman

Forward

Sidney, Ohio/H.S.


 

 

 

 


Rose-Hulman

Lucinda Combs

Junior

Goalkeeper

Danville, Ky./Boyle Co.


 

Haley O'Neil

Senior

Midfield

Batavia, Ill./H.S.


 

Margaret Murphy

Senior

Back

Eden Prairie, Minn./H.S.


 

Mackenzie Christensen

Senior

Back

Racine, Wis./New Glarus


 

 

 

 

 


Transylvania

Alyssa Kruse

Senior

Forward

Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek


 

Abby Prater

Senior

Midfield

Lawrenceburg, Ky./Anderson Co.


Meredith Murphy

Sophomore

Forward

Union, Ky./Ryle