Soccer Update #1: SMWC vs. Hanover College

September 5, 2012

It was a tough night on the scoreboard but a great night of performances for the new-look Pomeroy soccer team in their first match against Hanover College. The Panthers, picked to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and fresh off two wins over very good sides in Denison University and Kenyon College, brought plenty of talent and speed of play. The Pomeroys, with nine new players and nine returning veterans, started six freshmen. In the end, the Woods women went down 0-5, but not without first showing that they can match teams like Hanover in many areas. As visiting Coach Jim Watts put it, “You’re going to win some games.” Of his own team, he believes them to be the best Panther team yet to take the field.

The first half of the first half featured seesaw possession, with Hanover getting only a slight edge. The Pomeroys found they could bring a lot of defensive pressure with their new 3-5-2 look, and also showed they could put together passing sequences to get into the attacking third, even against the Panthers. But in the 23rd minute, Hanover’s Anne-Spicer Adams cut off a short distribution from goal and went all the way back to score on a close-in shot. They scored again as a deflected shot from Hannah Barker agonizingly bounced up and over goalkeeper Alex Haan. The final tally of the half came in the 37th minute, when Sarah Lathrop finished a far-post serve from Ashley Turner to make a 3-0 halftime edge for the Panthers.

As the Panthers poured all 29 of their team onto the field in shifts in the second half, the possession, which had been fairly close, swung their way. Nonetheless, the Pomeroys stayed organized in front of their keeper and did a fine job of turning away attacks. In the end, goals in the 57th and 73rd minutes by Hannah Barker and Erin Hancock, respectively, capped off the scoring.

Even with that score line, the Pomeroys came off buoyed with excitement. Players from one end of the lineup to the other, freshmen and veterans, played at a new level for soccer at the Woods. This will be a season to watch for the Pomeroys.

The team travels to Franklin College Friday night for a match with the Grizzlies under the lights at 7:30 p.m., then up to Detroit for a tilt with USCAA power Marygrove College on Tuesday, September 11. It will be their first matchup with the Mustangs since dropping the USCAA national title game to them in 2009 in Burlington, Vermont.