Sept. 13 - Hiram, Ohio - A goal by junior Taje Davis proved to be the game winner as the Terrier men's soccer team upended Otterbein University 2-1 on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers picked up their second win of the season, playing to their fifth, one-goal decision of the year.
Despite a combined 18 shots between the two sides, all of the action happened within a six-minute span in the second half.
The Cardinals (2-2) and Terriers played to a 0-0 draw through the first 45 minutes.
In the 68th minute, Hiram got on the board first as Quinn Galecki found the back of the net for his first tally of the season.
A quick cross by Blake Easterling set Galecki up with a cross, and the senior placed the ball in the bottom of the right side, giving the Terriers the 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Otterbein pull the game even as Zach Lewis beat keeper CJ Keith off a corner from Jaden Lunger to tied the game at 1-1.
The Terriers came right back in the 72nd minute as a cross from freshman Giovanni Meza found its way behind the Cardinal defense and to the foot of Davis, who ripped a shot past the Otterbein keeper to help Hiram re-take the advantage.
Keith sealed the win, standing tall in the net, including making a solid diving save in the 81st minute to keep the Terriers in the lead. The Hiram defense then kept Otterbein away from the net, preserving the victory.
Offensively, Galecki and Davis each posted their first goals of the season. Meza tallied his first-career assist, while Easterling also added a helper on the day
Defensively, Keith and the back line of the Terriers kept Hiram in the ball game, despite the Cardinals holding a 14-4 advantage in shots. The sophomore keeper posted five saves to earn his second victory of the season.
Hiram will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to University Heights, Ohio to take on John Carroll University. The matchup is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start.