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2018 Men's Soccer Preview

2018 Men's Soccer Preview

Aug. 28- HIRAM, Ohio- The men's soccer team will have a healthy balance of new and old, welcoming back 14 players and adding 14 fresh faces to continue their upward climb in the always competitive North Coast Athletic Conference this season.  

Last year, the men's soccer team graduated eight seniors. The group included Keanu SheltonJonathan RossKyle WatsonChristian Nshimyumuremyi, Keegan Williams, Josh LubichBlake Easterling, and Quinn Galecki 

The Terriers went 5-12, with five of Hiram's 17 games being decided by a one-goal differential.  

Returners  

This season, Hiram will be led by senior Richard Milford. Milford earned All-NCAC Honorable Mention following the best season of his Terrier career. From his position on the back line, Milford tallied five points, doing all of his damage against conference foes, scoring goals against both DePauw and Denison, while adding his second-career assist against Wabash.  

The midfield will look to rebuild as they return just one other player, sophomore Bryce Harding. In his freshman season, Harding made 14 starts earning two points and one goal 

The defense will be the most seasoned group with three juniors and the lone senior of the group, Mark Sobnosky. The junior trio Brian CorbinSaint Roger Bountsebe, and Sam Reckley all made a healthy amount of appearances last season.  

In goal, CJ Keith will enter his second year. Keith recorded his best season last year with 15 starts and a .763 save percentage. 

The offensive group will feature a handful of returning players. The offense will include senior Taje Davis, junior Austin Blatt, and sophomores Justin Parkins, Giovanni Meza, and Brendan Niggemeyer. 

Davis made his mark last season with 10 starts, earning three points on the season, including game-winning goal against non-conference foe Otterbein.  

In his first season with the Terriers, Meza finished second on the team in both shots (24) and shots on goal for the season (9). One of Meza's three goals was the game winner  in the matchup against Westminster.   

Newcomers  

As for newcomers, the Terriers welcome one junior and 13 freshmen.   

Freshmen Elliott Kirby, Tommy Rink, and Ali Al-Khatib are the new forward firepower. Kirby comes to Hiram from Cambridge High School where he tallied All-ECOL, All-OVAC, and All-Eastern District accolades.  

The midfield will see the most newcomer presence with junior Stephen Barimah joining freshmen Ken Bledsoe, Tim Priest, Isaac Opoku, and Ben Zuniga 

Amongst the fresh faces on the defense are Matthew ZillaBrandyn Spoon, D-1 Far East Best Defender Quentin Mooreand 2018 All-Portage Trail Conference First Team Defender Matt Adkins. In net, freshmen duo Shelby Edwards and Griffin Whims will add to the goalie group.    

Schedule  

The 2018 schedule will feature seven home matchups, and ten travel dates. The Terriers' first three games will be played on the road against Geneva (Pa.), Grove (Pa.) City, and Medaille (N.Y.). The Terriers will host Penn St.-Behrend (Pa.) on Sunday, September 9 for their first home game of the season.  

The NCAC schedule begins on the road with a game against Wabash (Ind.) on Wednesday, Sep. 22. The Terriers will also host DePauw (Ind.), Oberlin, Allegheny (Pa.), Ohio Wesleyan, and Denison, while traveling to Kenyon, Wooster, and Wittenberg. Hiram's non-conference matchups this season will include Mount Union, John Carroll, and Case Western Reserve.