The Hiram College men’s soccer team secured a spot in the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament with a 3-0 win against Wabash (Ind.) College in the NCAC and regular-season finale in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Hiram (15-2-1, 6-2-1 NCAC) outshot Wabash (4-14, 2-7 NCAC), 16-6, in the first half and scored the game’s first goal at the 28:34 minute mark with an unassisted marker by freshman forward Richard Webb (Alicante, Spain/Laude Lady Elizabeth School) to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. The lone goal would be all the scoring in the first 90 minutes as Hiram maintained a one-goal edge at halftime.
In the second half, the Terriers kept up their offensive attack, outshooting the Little Giants, 15-0. Senior midfielder Ty Smith (Rocky River/St. Ignatius) gave Hiram some breathing room with a goal during the 60th minute, with an assist from junior midfielder Andy Harding(Bath/Revere), increasing the lead to 2-0. Shortly after, Hiram sealed the victory when senior All-Region forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton) found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season to put the Terriers up 3-0. Smith found his way into the scoring column again by recording an assist on the Minick goal as Hiram went on to post the 3-0 shutout victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Kirby Rice (Copley) got the start for Hiram in net and played all 90 minutes to pick up his fourth win, and third shutout, of the season to improve to 4-0 overall for the year. He made one save in the victory.
Hiram will be the third seed in this year’s NCAC Tournament and will travel to Greencastle, Ind. to take on second-seed DePauw (Ind.) University on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Terriers defeated the Tigers in the regular season at home by the final of 3-2.