HIRAM, OHIO — Junior midfielder Ernestina Zappa (Brooklyn/Laurel) scored a pair of goals, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s soccer team was defeated by Malone University, 4-3, tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 6) in a non-conference game at Charles A. Henry Field. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 3-7-1 overall and the Pioneers improve to 2-8 overall for the season.
Malone scored the game’s first two goals, both from Amanda Hanlon, with the first coming at the 24:13 minute mark to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Hanlon connected on her second goal during the 30th minute to increase the margin to 2-0. The two goals were the only points scored in the opening half as Malone led 2-0 at halftime.
Just 22 seconds into the second half, Zappa put Hiram on the board with her first goal of the contest, cutting the lead in half, 2-1. Junior midfielder/defenseman Chelsea Ulmer (Toledo/Sylvania Northview) found the back of the net for the Terriers during the 58th minute on an unassisted goal to even the game at 2-2. Malone moved ahead at the 66:47 mark with Hanlon’s third goal of the game for a margin of 3-2. But the lead wouldn’t last long as Zappa tallied her second goal less than a minute later at 67:44 to even the score again, 3-3. The game looked to be headed to a possible overtime period, but the Pioneers knotched the game winner just under the 10-minute mark during the 81st minute from Cassey Daniels to clinch a 4-3 victory.
In goal for Hiram, junior Kate Valaitis (Lewis Center/Olentangy) played all 90 minutes allowing four goals and had 12 saves. She is now 2-3 overall for the season following tonight’s game.
Hiram will host Wittenberg University on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Henry Field. The game will be part of a soccer doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will play against the Tigers at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30 p.m.