The 2011 season saw the Hiram College men’s soccer team make its third appearance in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and the Terriers look to make another run this season as the majority of the team returns.
The Terriers (10-6-1, 5-4 NCAC in 2011), return eight starters this season, including All-Region players Ryan Minick (North Royalton) and Ryan Greenhill (Solon). In addition, Hiram returns All-NCAC players Dan O’Callaghan (Aberdare, Wales, United Kingdom) and Joe Rottinger(Strongsville).
Minick will be the leader of the team up front. Last season, Minick played in 17 games and started 15 while leading the team in goals scored (11) and total points (28). Minick’s 11 goals ranked fourth most in the conference. In addition, he ranked second on the team in assists with six. Minick tallied a team-leading 67 shots for a .164 shot percentage. Following the season, Minick earned first-team All-NCAC accolades to go along with National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region and second-team NCAA Division III All-Ohio honors. In addition to Minick, another player to watch in 2012 will be senior Taylor Kiefer(North Canton/Hoover). Last fall, Kiefer was fourth on the team in goals scored with four and added three assists for 11 points. He ended the season with a .182 shot percentage recording 22 shots with 14 shots on goal.
Hiram returns a host of players at the midfielder position led by Greenhill. Last fall, he started all 16 games he played in and scored three goals, including a team-tying high two game-winning goals, to go along with a team-leading eight assists for 14 total points. His eight assists tied him for second in the NCAC and his 14 points was tied for 12th. In addition, Greenhill has posted 20 assists during his career which puts him in a tie for fourth all-time in program history. Like Minick, Greenhill was tabbed first-team All-NCAC along with being second-team NSCAA All-Region and first-team All-Ohio. In addition to succeeding on the playing field, Greenhill has also been recognized for his accomplishments in the classroom as a 2011 Capital One Academic All-American and a two-time Academic All-District award winner. Joining Greenhill, is senior Kevin Haramis (Norton). In 2011, Haramis started 14 of 16 games and ended the season with a pair of goals and two assists for six points. Senior Ty Smith (Rocky River/St. Ignatius) and junior Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) should also be impact players for Hiram in 2012. Smith scored five goals in his first season with the program to go along with two assists for 12 points. He was amongst the team leaders in shot percentage at .294. Harding also produced offensively with three goals and three assists for nine points. He was second on the team in shots taken (37) with 24 being on goal. In addition, look for junior Manolo Angel (Mexico City, Mexico) and sophomores Ryan Kramarz (Chesterland/West Geauga) and Odane Gray (Kingston, Jamaica/Jamaica College) to see significant playing time this season.
O’Callaghan will be one of the leaders of the Hiram defense this season after helping his team average an impressive 1.10 goals against per game and five shutout victories. O’Callaghan also got involved offensively last season with two goals and three assists in 17 games. He recorded 18 shots during the season with half of those being on goal. Also back is junior Brian Zilla (Canton/Jackson) and sophomore Joey Dennis(Canton/Jackson). Both saw significant playing time last season with Zilla starting all 17 games and Dennis playing in 13 games with two starts. Dennis also provided some offense for the Terriers with a goal and two assists. Both players should provide additional experience for the Terriers again this season. Looking to step into increased playing roles this year will be junior Travis McLean (Georgetown, Cayman Islands) and sophomore Rufin Sime (Guataloupe).
Hiram returns a critical piece to its success last season in Rottinger in net. Last year, Rottinger played every minute for the Terriers to post a 9-6-1 record with an impressive 1.10 goals against average and five shutouts. He made 60 saves in 17 games allowing just 19 goals for a .759 save percentage. Rottinger ranked fourth in the NCAC in save percentage, goals allowed and goals against average. Following the season, he was selected honorable mention All-Conference.
The Terriers will face one of the toughest conference schedules, including a matchup with defending NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan University. Hiram opens the season with seven straight non-conference games beginning with a matchup against Wilmington College on Saturday, Sept. 1 as part of the Allegheny (Pa.) Colleg Tournament. Hiram will begin NCAC play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against DePauw (Ind.) University and will take on OWU on Friday, Sept. 28. Both contests will be played on Hiram’s home field.
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