Hiram College

DELAWARE, OHIO  —  The Hiram College men’s soccer team tied reigning NCAA Division III National Champion and 2011 Preseason No. 1 Messiah (Pa.) College, 1-1, today (Saturday, Sept. 3) on the final day of the Ohio Wesleyan University Fred Myers Invitational.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s outcome, the Terriers are now 1-0-1 overall and the Falcons also have a 1-0-1 overall record.

Despite being outshot, 28-8, for the game, Hiram struck first with a goal in the opening period at the 25:12 minute mark off the foot of freshman midfielder Ryan Kramerz (Chesterland/West Geauga).  Junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton) was credited with an assist.  The lone goal was the only score of the first half as Hiram took a 1-0 advantage into the locker rooms.

The lead remained 1-0 until just past the midway point of the second half when Messiah’s Jeremy Payne tallied the equilizer during the 71st minute to tie the game at 1-1.  Neither team would find the back of the net in the remaining minutes, sending the game into overtime.

Messiah recorded three shots to Hiram’s one shot in the first overtime, but neither team would knotch the game winner, resulting in a second and final overtime period.  The Falcons posted the only shots of the second overtime period, but again could not find the net, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

In goal for Hiram, junior Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) played all 110 minutes allowing just one goal and had seven saves.  He is now 1-0-1 overall for the season.

Following the tournament, junior All-NCAC midfielder Ryan Greenhill (Solon), junior defenseman Daniel O’Callaghan (Aberdale, Wales, United Kingdom), senior defender Tyler Launder (Whitehouse/Anthony Wayne) and sophomore midfielder Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) were all named to the All-Tournament Team.

Hiram will travel to Marietta on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in a non-conference matchup against Marietta College.  The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.