Hiram College


The Hiram College men’s soccer team opened the 2015 season by tying Westminster (Pa.) 1-1 on Tuesday evening.

Both teams are now 0-0-1 on the season.

Midway through the first half, Westminster had a chance to jump out to a lead when Zack Walters broke free. Senior goalkeeper Matt Sacher (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) came out to knock the ball away. A follow up shot by the Titans sailed wide.

Hiram had a chance moments later when junior Zac Cairns (North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Edward) rocketed a shot that was saved.

The Titans would take a 1-0 lead when Marcus Gurgiolo took a deep pass and beat a drawn out Sacher 27 minutes into the contest.

In the second half, the Terriers were able to tie things at the 56:54 mark when sophomore Bryan Burrows (Hudson, Ohio) found the back of the net.

Hiram looked to grab the win in the closing minutes of regulation when sophomore Blake Easterling (Barberton, Ohio) fired a shot that was saved, sending the game to overtime.

In the first overtime, neither team was able to capitalize on its opportunites and the game headed to a second sessions.

With just over five minutes to, senior Richie Webb (London, England/Laude Lady Elizabeth School) was fed a ball in the box and his shot sailed just over the crossbar. Both teams could not muster up any other scoring chances and the contest ended in a tie.

Sacher made one stop in goal and junior Chris Lindemeyer (Lodi, Ohio/Cloverleaf) made four saves in 65:00 of action.

The Terriers held a 18-13 edge in shots and a slim 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Hiram will look to defend its title at the Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament this weekend. The Terriers will take on Geneseo State (N.Y.) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and will take on Baldwin Wallace or Penn State-Behrend on Sunday.