TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers women's soccer team earned the second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in program history after defeating Hanover College with a final score of 1-0. This improves the team to 15-4-1 overall and earns them an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
The Engineers found themselves in a battle for the HCAC title against the Panthers. Rose-Hulman was able to lead Hanover in shots at the end of the first half 6-3 in a highly defensive matchup. Elle Ogden was able to get to the net for the Engineers in the 40th minute after an assist from Jessica Wells to put Rose-Hulman ahead going into halftime 1-0.
The second half continued to prove to be a defensive standoff. Hanover would outshoot the Engineers 4-1 in the second half, but were not able to connect with the net to tie the score. The Engineers would defeat the Panthers with a final score of 1-0 with an even number of shots between both teams 7-7.
Goalie Katie Demert was able to record two saves in the Engineers 11th shutout of the season.
After the match, Rose-Hulman was presented with the HCAC regular season and championship trophies. Jessica Wells was named the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player for her efforts in the postseason tournament that included the game winning goal against Hanover and both assists in the semifinal win over Mount St. Joseph.
This is the second time in program history that the Engineers have claimed the HCAC title. Rose-Hulman won its only previous appearance in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game in 2007. This will mark the program's second NCAA Tournament appearance and the first for head coach Amy Helliwell.
The team will learn their NCAA Division III Tournament opponent on Monday, 11/11 at 1:00 PM on a video selection show at NCAA.org.