Junior midfielder Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) scored the game-winning goal just 40 seconds into the first overtime period to lead the Hiram College men’s soccer team past John Carroll University and remain undefeated so far this season.
The Terriers improve to 7-0 overall with the win, while the Blue Streaks fall to 2-4 overall for the season.
Hiram scored the only goal of the opening period when sophomore midfielder Ryan Kramarz(Chesterland/West Geauga) found the back of the net at the 19:26 minute mark with an assist from senior All-Region forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton) for a 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Terriers looked to be headed to a one-goal victory until JCU’s Jimmy Mattina scored on a header off of a corner kick from Thor Erikson late in the game during the 84th minute to even the score at 1-1. Just over a minute later, the Blue Streaks took the lead at the 84:34 mark with a goal from Kevin Mckamish to put JCU up 2-1 with minutes remaining in the game. The Terriers caught a break shortly after when senior All-Region midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon) was taken down on a breakaway inside the JCU goal box resulting in a penalty kick attempt. Greenhill capitalized on the opportunity getting the ball past the Blue Streak goalie to tie the game again at 2-2 with under five minutes to play. Despite both teams combining for three goals in less than three minutes, neither team recorded the potential game-winner in the final minutes, sending the game into overtime.
Shortly into the first overtime period, senior midfielder Ty Smith (Rocky River/St. Ignatius) set up Harding with a pass that led to a one-on-one situation with the JCU netminder. Harding flipped the ball over the shoulder of the Blue Streak goaltender to seal the win for the Terriers with the final score of 3-2.
In net for Hiram, senior Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) played the entire game and picked up his fifth win of the season and is now 5-0 overall. He allowed two goals and recorded two saves.
Hiram will put its undefeated streak on the line when it hosts DePauw (Ind.) University on Saturday, Sept. 22 in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener. The game will be part of homecoming festivities with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m.