Each team capitalized on a penalty kick attempt as the Hiram College men’s soccer team tied No. 14 nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University, 1-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Charles A. Henry Field.
With the tie, the Terriers remain unbeaten and are now 9-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops are now 6-1-3 overall and 0-0-1 NCAC.
Hiram recorded the only goal of the first period on a penalty kick that was set up by an OWU hand ball violation that occured in its own goal box area. Senior All-Region midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon) put the Terriers on top by getting the ball past the Bishop netminder on the penalty kick attempt at the 28:10 minute mark which gave Hiram a slim one-goal advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Terriers looked to be headed to a possible upset when an OWU player was taken down in the Hiram goal box setting a penalty kick opportunity for the Bishops. Kit North connected on the attempt to even the game at 1-1 with less than three minutes left in regulation. Neither team tallied the game-winner in the final minutes, sending the game into overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, both teams recorded a pair of shots in the second and final overtime period, but the game remained deadlocked at a goal apiece, resulting in a 1-1 stalemate.
Senior All-NCAC goaltender Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) played the entire game for Hiram and is now 6-0-1 overall with the tie. In 110 minutes, he gave up just the lone goal and made five saves.
Hiram will travel to University Circle on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to take on Case in a non-conference matchup. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.