Meza/Keith Lead Men's Soccer Past Westminster

Meza/Keith Lead Men's Soccer Past Westminster

Sept. 3 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Terrier men's soccer team improved their record to 1-1 on the young season, defeating Westminster College, 1-0, on Sunday evening at Charles A. Henry Field.

The difference in the game came in the game came in the 61st minute as Giovanni Meza tallied the lone goal of the contest. With the Terriers awarded a penalty kick, Meza lined up his shot, but was stopped by Titan goalie, AJ Bove. However, not giving up on the play, Meza followed his shot, gathering the rebound and placing it in the back of the net to give Hiram the only tally of the night.

It should be noted that the play was set up by forward Keanu Shelton's ability to frustrate the Titan defense all evening. Shelton posted five shots in the game, placing all five on net and forcing Westminster to focus on him throughout the night.

The penalty shot for Meza was set up by Shelton. A nice pass ahead of the play by Richard Milford gave Shelton a run into the box for a potential scoring opportunity. However, as Shelton used his speed to get past the Titan defense, the Westminster defender fouled him in the box, leading to the penalty kick.

The Terriers finished with 12 total shots, placing nine on net, with the lone goal by Meza finding the target. Westminster, meanwhile, finished the game with 13 shots and eight on goal.

Sophomore keeper CJ Keith was about as perfect as one can get, posting the clean sheet over 90 minutes.

Through the first half, Keith played the ball well throughout, cutting off Titan scoring chances, by going aggressively after the ball on a few crosses. In addition, he made a trio of saves in the first half to keep Westminster off the scoreboard.

In the second half, Westminster managed nine shots. Keith, however, was up to the task, making five huge saves. His best of the night came against Fedja Smajic, as the Titan forward took a cross and headed the ball low, looking to score between the goalie's legs. Keith was quick to the ball, however, shutting down the scoring chance.

The sophomore then preserved the win in the 87th minute. A corner by the Titans put the lead in jeopardy, but Keith stepped in front of a would-be attack to snatch the ball out of midair and put an ended to Westminster's final scoring chance.

Overall, Keith made eight clutch saves in the game, posting the second clean sheet of his career. Having started just three-career matches, Keith has pitched a shutout in two.

Along with Shelton's offensive pressure, Blake Easterling, Brian Corbin, John Virag and Meza all posted a shot on goal.

Hiram will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 5 as the team takes to the road for the first time this season to compete against Houghton College. The matchup with the Highlanders is set for 4 p.m.