Hiram College

ncache Hiram College men’s soccer team was picked to finish seventh in the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll that was released today.

Hiram finished with 47 points to place seventh of 10 teams.  Defending NCAC Tournament Champion Ohio Wesleyan University was tabbed as the favorite with 91 points and five first-place votes.  DePauw (Ind.) University was second at 86 points and garnered four first-place votes.  Kenyon College rounded out the top three schools with 82 points and one first-place vote.

The Terriers recorded another standout season in 2012 and will look for a repeat performance this fall.  The Terriers are coming off of a season that saw them start out the year a perfect 9-0 and finished the 2012 campaign with a 15-3-1 overall record and finished third in the conference with a 6-2-1 mark.  The team also qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the second straight season and fourth overall in program history since joining the conference.

This fall, Hiram will welcome several new faces, including a new head coach in Dan Zemanski.  However, Zemanski is no stranger to the Hiram sidelines as he as served as an assistant coach the previous eight years.

This year’s roster will feature 16 returning lettermen and three players with starting experience.

Back to lead the squad will be four seniors, including All-North Coast Athletic Conference players Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) and Brian Zilla (Canton/Jackson).  Last season, Harding led the team in five statistical categories including:  goals (13), points (32), shots (71), shots on goal (40) and game-winning goals (four).  He also led the NCAC in goals, points and was third in shots.  Harding posted two multi-goal games in 2012, including a career-high and school single-game record five goals against Franciscan.  Zilla also had a strong season as a junior as a member of a defense that gave up just 1.14 goals per game while posting five shutout victories.  He played in 15 games scoring two goals, including a game-winner, and one assist for five points.

In addition to Harding and Zilla, seniors Alejandro Ruiz (Georgetown, Cayman Islands) and Jameal Welcome (Georgetown, Cayman Islands) will also help lead the team this season.

Hiram will begin the 2013 season on the road at the DoubleTree Invitational hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. from Aug. 30-31.  The Terriers will then travel to Westerville, Ohio for a matchup against Otterbein University before returning home to host Penn State-Behrend (Pa.) in the home opener on Sept. 7.  The team will open its NCAC schedule on Sept. 21 against 2012 NCAC Tournament Champion DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

2013 NCAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Place School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Ohio Wesleyan (5) 91
2. DePauw (Ind.) (4) 86
3. Kenyon (1) 82
4. Allegheny (Pa.) 69
5. Denison 56
6. Oberlin 51
7. Hiram 47
8. Wabash (Ind.) 24
9. Wooster 23
10. Wittenberg 21