A pair of penalty kicks would be the difference maker as the Hiram College men’s soccer team was defeated by Heidelberg University, 3-1, in a non-conference game in Tiffin.
Hiram (2-5-1) struck first with a goal at the 13:12 minute mark of the opening half off the foot of sophomore Richard Webb (Alicante, Spain/Laude Lady Elizabeth School), with an assist from junior Ryan Kramarz (Chesterland/West Geauga), to give the Terriers an early 1-0 advantage. Heidelberg (4-1) came back to tie the game at 1-1 shortly after with the first of two penalty kicks on the night, this one coming during the 19th minute. The two goals were the only scoring in the first period as the score remained deadlocked at 1-1 heading into halftime.
The Student Princes recorded the only points of the second half as part of their three-goal unanswered scoring streak, including a second penalty kick goal at the 61:15 mark that gave Heidelberg a 2-1 lead. Heidelberg then sealed the game with a late goal during the 84th minute to go on to the 3-1 victory.
In goal for Hiram, sophomore Matt Sacher (Akron/Coventry) played all 90 minutes allowing three goals and making eight saves. He also suffered the loss and is now 1-2-1 overall for the season.
Hiram will travel to Greencastle, Ind. to take on DePauw (Ind.) University in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.