Junior defenseman Brian Zilla (Canton/Jackson) scored the game-winning goal during the 89th minute as the No. 12 nationally-ranked Hiram College men’s soccer team defeated Oberlin College, 3-2, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Charles A. Henry Field.
Oberlin (7-5-1, 2-3 NCAC) scored the game’s first goal just 3:16 into the opening period when Chris Campbell found the back of the net to give the Yeomen an early 1-0 lead. Just over 10 minutes later, senior All-NCAC defenseman Dan O’Callaghan (Aberdale, Wales, United Kingdom) knotted the game at 1-1 with a goal at the 13:33 minute mark with an assist from senior All-Region midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon). The two goals would be all the two teams could muster in the opening period as the teams went into the locker rooms deadlocked at a goal apiece.
In the second half, junior midfielder Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) gave the Terriers the lead with his team and league-leading 11th goal of the season during the 65th minute with a helper from senior midfielder/forward Kevin Haramis (Norton) making the score 2-1. Hiram looked to be headed to a possible victory when Oberlin made things interesting with a game-tying goal at the 83:31 mark off the foot of Justin Griffiths. But the Terriers added some drama of their own when Zilla posted what would turn out to be the game-winning goal with just over a minute remaining in the contest with an assist from Greenhill, his second of the game, giving Hiram a one-goal edge, 2-1. Oberlin was held scoreless in the final seconds as the Terriers captured a thrilling 3-2 victory.
In net for Hiram, senior All-NCAC netminder Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) played all 90 minutes to pick up his eighth win of the season and improves to 8-0-1 for the season. For the game, Rottinger allowed two goals and had two saves.
Hiram will host Allegheny (Pa.) College on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in a NCAC game at Henry Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.