Hiram College

DELAWARE, OHIO  —  The Hiram College men’s soccer team kicked off the 2011 season in winning fashion with a 2-1 victory against Hamline (Minn.) College today (Friday, Sept. 2) in the season opener as part of the Ohio Wesleyan University Fred Myers Invitational in Delaware.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers begin the season with a 1-0 overall mark.  Hamline falls to 0-1 overall for the season.

Hamline got on the board first with a goal at the 28:12 mark to take an early 1-0 lead.  Just before the end of the first half, Hiram junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton) evened the game at 1-1 during the 43rd minute with assists from freshman defenseman Tyler Jones (Kent) and freshman forward Kamron Patterson (Brecksville).

In the second half, both teams remained deadlocked at 1-1 until late in the game during the 73rd minute when junior midfielder Ty Smith (Rocky River/St. Ignatius) tallied the game winner off of a throw-in to give Hiram a 2-1 edge.  Senior defenseman Tyler Launder (Whitehouse/Anthony Wayne) was credited with the assist on the game-winning goal.  The Terriers held Hamline scoreless in the final minutes to preserve the 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

In net, junior Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) picked up his first win of the season, playing the entire game and allowed just one goal while making three saves.

Hiram will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 3) when they face defending NCAA Division III National Champion Messiah (Pa.) College on the final day of the Fred Myers Invitational.  The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.