The No. 20 nationally-ranked Hiram College men’s soccer team scored a pair of goals in the first half and were able to hold off Case in the second for a 2-1 victory to extend its unbeaten streak to 11 games in University Circle.
With the win, the Terriers improve to 10-0-1 overall and the Spartans fall to 3-7-1 overall for the season.
Hiram recorded its first goal of the game just 3:36 into the first half when senior All-Region forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton) scored an unassisted goal, his fourth of the season, to put the Terriers up, 1-0. Hiram struck again during the 16th minute with a goal from senior midfielder Ty Smith (Rocky River/St. Ignatius) with an assist from sophomore midfielder Ryan Kramarz (Chesterland/West Geauga) to extend the margin to 2-0. The goal by Smith would turn out to be the game-winner as the Terriers maintained a two-goal advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Case offense picked up, outshooting Hiram, 12-2, in the final 45 minutes. The Spartans finally got on the board late in the game at the 80:09 mark with a goal from Aaron Mayer to cut the Hiram lead in half, 2-1. But time would favor the Terriers as Case could not net the equalizer in the final 10 minutes resulting in the 2-1 Hiram victory.
In goal for Hiram, senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference goalkeeper Joe Rottinger(Strongsville) played all 90 minutes and got the win, improving to 7-0-1 overall for the year. He allowed just the lone goal and had six saves.
Hiram will return to NCAC play this Saturday, Oct. 6 when the Terriers travel to Springfield for a matchup against Wittenberg University. The game will be part of a soccer doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The men will take on the Tigers at 5 p.m., followed by the women against Wittenberg at 7 p.m.