Hiram College

CLEVELAND, OHIO  —  The Hiram College women’s soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll that was released today (Tuesday, Sept. 2).

Hiram received 15 points to place eighth, one spot ahead of Oberlin College with 14 points.  Wittenberg University was picked to win the conference with 76 points and six of nine first place votes.  Denison University was a close second with 75 points and three first place votes and Ohio Wesleyan University rounded out the top three with 62 points.

The Terriers opened the 2008 season this past weekend at the Case Classic in University Circle.  Hiram ended the two-day event with a 1-1 record defeating St. Mary’s (Ind.) College, 3-1, on Sunday (Aug. 31).  Junior forward/midfielder Ashley Ellsworth (Strongsville) currently leads the team in goals scored (two) and total points (four).  Junior midfielder/forward Grace Heffernan (Kent/Roosevelt) and sophomore forward Natalie Green (Madison) are tied for second with a goal each.  In goal, sophomore Emily Bristol (Worcester, N.Y./Worcester Central) has played in all 180 minutes so far this season with a 1-1 record and a 2.00 goals against average.  She has tallied 10 saves for a .714 save percentage.

Hiram will look to continue its momentum on Sunday (Sept. 7) when it hosts Defiance College in the home opener at the Hiram Soccer Complex.  The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email athoedtjm@hiram.edu.
2008 NCAC Women’s Soccer Preaseason Coaches Poll
Place        School (First Place Votes)                    Points
1.                Wittenberg (6)                                                        76
2.                Denison (3)                                                            75
3.                Ohio Wesleyan                                                       62
4.                Wooster                                                                 51
5.                Kenyon                                                                  46
6.                Allegheny                                                              35
7.                Earlham                                                                 31
8.                Hiram                                                                    15
9.                Oberlin                                                                  14