Freshman Josh Lubich (Niles/John F. Kennedy) scored in the 69th minute as the Hiram College men’s soccer team topped Denison 1-0 for its first NCAC win on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers improve to 6-6-0 on the season and 1-2-0 in the NCAC, while the Big Red drop to 4-5-1, 1-1-0.
The goal was Lubich’s first of the season and of his career.
Junior Richie Webb (London, England/Laude Lady Elizabeth School) took a free kick and sent it towards the net. Junior Andrew Bradley (Westlake/St. Edward) went up for the header and deflected the ball, which found Lubich, who buried his shot in the back of the net.
In the 10th minute, Webb had a look at the goal, but his shot was saved.
Denison had a chance in the 22nd minute, when Kennedy Kommer rocketed a shot towards the goal from about 30 yards out. But freshman goalkeeper Luke Wilhelm (Shaker Heights/University School) made a diving save to his left to keep the game tied at 0-0.
In the 78th minute, Denison mounted an attack.
Kennedy Hommor took a blooping shot towards the goal and Wilhelm was able to knock the ball away from the goal line just before it crossed. The ball went back out into play and Collin Hockenbury rocketed a shot from 25 yards out that hit the crossbar and went out of play.
The Big Red also hit the post in the closing moments of the game, but Hiram was able to deny any rebound opportunities.
Wilhelm finished the game by making three saves for his first career win and shutout.
The Terriers held a 15-10 edge in shots, including a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Hiram will play next on October 11, when it takes on Oberlin at Henry Field at 7:00 p.m.