Sophomore Abbey Rowe (Mt. Orab/Lynchburg-Clay) scored two goals and also had two assists as the Hiram College women’s soccer team posted a 4-0 season opening win over D’Youville (N.Y.) on Friday evening at Henry Field.
The Terriers are now 1-0-0 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 0-1-0.
“This was a great start to our season,” said head coach Bob Dean. “The experience of our returners really showed. To score four times and also post a shutout is a special win.”
Rowe assisted on HC’s first goal when she passed to sophomore Allie Glatt (Cincinnati/Seton) who found the back of the net just 13:33 into the contest.
Rowe then scored her first goal six minutes later, taking a pass from Glatt and dribbling through the defense and beating the keeper to make the score 2-0.
Hiram added another goal in the 33rd minute when Rowe controlled a loose ball in the box and blasted a shot past the keeper to the lower right.
Senior Kelsey Martin (Austintown/Fitch) closed out the scoring at the 59:45 mark, by taking a pass from Rowe and beating the keeper to the top left corner.
Junior goalkeeper Kailie Reed (Wadsworth) recorded her first shutout of the season by making eight saves.
Hiram owned a 16-12 edge in total shots. Both teams fired eight shots on goal in the contest.
“I am happy and excited for us,” added Dean. “This was a physical game and I am proud of the composure that we showed. We now have a week to prepare for two very tough opponents next weekend.”
The Terriers will next play on September 5 against Augustana (Ill.) at a neutral site in Kenosha, Wisconsin.