UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s soccer team defeated John Carroll University, 2-1, tonight (Friday, Sept. 9) in a non-conference game in University Heights. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 2-0-1 overall and the Blue Streaks fall to 1-3 overall for the season.
In the first half, Hiram struck first with a goal by junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon) at the 6:06 minute mark with an assist from sophomore midfielder Manolo Angel (Mexico City, Mexico) to give the Terriers the early 1-0 lead. JCU evened the score at a goal apiece during the 22nd minute and neither team would find the back of the net during the remainder of the half, resulting in a 1-1 tie at the break.
Nearing the midway point of the second half, Hiram went up on top with a score by freshman forward Kameron Patterson (Brecksville), his first collegiate goal, at the 67:56 mark for a 2-1 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) was credited with the assist on what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Solid defense and goaltending by junior Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) helped preserve the one-goal lead the rest of the way as Hiram went on to win by the final of 2-1.
Rottinger played all 90 minutes and picked up his second win of the season to improve to 2-0-1 on the year. He allowed just the lone goal while making four saves.
Hiram will look to keep the momentum going when it hosts Waynesburg (Pa.) College on Monday, Sept. 12 in a non-conference matchup in the home opener at the Hiram Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.