The No. 12/17 nationally-ranked Hiram College men’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season with a 2-0 defeat against Kenyon College in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier.
Neither team would score any goals in the first half despite Kenyon (6-4-2, 2-0-2 NCAC) outshooting Hiram (11-1-1, 2-1-1 NCAC), 15-3.
The game looked to be headed to a possible overtime period when the Lords finally broke the stalemate at the 77:58 minute mark with a score by Sam Justice giving Kenyon a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Kenyon struck again, this time with a goal by J.J. Jemison during the 80th minute to increase the margin to 2-0. Hiram recorded six of its nine shots in the game in the second period, but could not get any past the Kenyon netminder, resulting in the 2-0 loss to the Lords.
In goal for Hiram, senior All-NCAC goaltender Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) started the game and played 60:58 minutes allowing no goals and making four saves. Freshman Chris Minite (Aurora) played the final 29:02 giving up two goals while making one save.
Hiram will host Oberlin College in a NCAC game on Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.