The Hiram College men’s soccer team was picked to finish third in the North Coast Athletic Confere
nce as selected by the coaches for the 2012 season. [2012 NCAC Preseason Poll]
Hiram finished with 72 points to place third in the balloting. Defending NCAC Champion and 2011 NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan University was selected as the preseason favorite with 99 points and nine of 10 first-place votes. DePauw (Ind.) University was second with 84 points and one first-place vote. Allegheny (Pa.) College and Denison University were tied for fourth place with 63 points each.
The 2011 season saw the Hiram College men’s soccer team make its third appearance in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and the Terriers look to make another run this season as the majority of the team returns.
The Terriers (10-6-1, 5-4 NCAC in 2011), return eight starters this season, including All-Region players Ryan Minick (North Royalton) and Ryan Greenhill (Solon). In addition, Hiram returns All-NCAC players Dan O’Callaghan (Aberdare, Wales, United Kingdom) and Joe Rottinger(Strongsville).
Minick will be the leader of the team up front. Last season, Minick played in 17 games and started 15 while leading the team in goals scored (11) and total points (28). Minick’s 11 goals ranked fourth most in
the conference. In addition, he ranked second on the team in assists with six. Minick tallied a team-leading 67 shots for a .164 shot percentage. Following the season, Minick earned first-team All-NCAC accolades to go along with National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region and second-team NCAA Division III All-Ohio honors.
Greenhill started all 16 games he played in and scored three goals, including a team-tying high two game-winning goals, to go along with a team-leading eight assists for 14 total points. His eight assists tied him for second in the NCAC and his 14 points was tied for 12th. In addition, Greenhill has posted 20 assists during his career which puts him in a tie for fourth all-time in program history. Like Minick, Greenhill was tabbed first-team All-NCAC along with being second-team NSCAA All-Region and first-team All-Ohio. In addition to succeeding on the playing field, Greenhill has also been recognized for his accomplishments in the classroom as a 2011 Capital One Academic All-American and a two-time Academic All-District award winner.
O’Callaghan will be one of the leaders of the Hiram defense this season after helping his team average an impressive 1.10 goals against per game and five shutout victories. O’Callaghan also got involved offensively last season with two goals and three assists in 17 games. He recorded 18 shots during the season with half of those being on goal.
Last year, Rottinger played every minute for the Terriers to post a 9-6-1 record with an impressive 1.10 goals against average and five shutouts. He made 60 saves in 17 games allowing just 19 goals for a .759 save percentage. Rottinger ranked fourth in the NCAC in save percentage, goals allowed and goals against average. Following the season, he was selected honorable mention All-Conference.
Hiram opens the season with seven straight non-conference games beginning with a matchup against Wilmington College on Saturday, Sept. 1 as part of the Allegheny Tournament. Hiram will begin NCAC play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against DePauw and will take on OWU on Friday, Sept. 28. Both contests will be played on Hiram’s home field.
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