Hiram College
Junior Zaire Morrison (Boardman) scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 shutout against Wittenberg.

Junior Zaire Morrison (Boardman) scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 shutout against Wittenberg.

Junior Zaire Morrison (Boardman) scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal as the Hiram College men’s soccer team blanked Wittenberg University, 2-0, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Charles A. Henry Field.

Hiram (5-10-1, 2-4 NCAC) got on the board early in the first half with Morrison’s unassisted goal at the 10:59 minute mark.  The goal was all the scoring after the first 45 minutes as the Terriers maintained their one-goal edge at the break.

In the second half, Hiram got some breathing room with another early goal during the 51st minute from junior Andres Ruiz (Georgetown, Cayman Islands/John Gray) that was set up by sophomore Tanner Mathews (Alliance/Marlington) increasing the margin to 2-0.  Wittenberg (4-10-1, 0-4-1 NCAC) tallied three shots in the half, but could not score any goals as Hiram posted the 2-0 shutout.

Junior Chris Minite (Aurora) started the game in net for Hiram and played all 90 minutes capturing the win and improving to 3-7 overall for the season.  The victory was also his first shutout of the season.  For the game, Minite allowed no goals and made one save.

Hiram will host Kenyon College in a NCAC game at Henry Field next Saturday, Oct. 26.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.