Terriers Blank Oberlin Behind Green's 14 Saves

Terriers Blank Oberlin Behind Green's 14 Saves

Oct. 7 - HIRAM, Ohio - Facing the top-scoring offense in the North Coast Athletic Conference, sophomore keeper Ally Green had a career day, lifting the Terriers to a 1-0 win over Oberlin College on Saturday evening. 

The Terriers and Yeowomen played to a scoreless tie through the first 45 minutes.

Despite being outshot 11-3, Green kept the Terriers in the game through the first half. The keeper made six saves in the opening stanza, keeping a clean sheet despite the field leaning in her direction. 

Oberlin posted six shots on goal to Hiram's one, while the Yeowomen also held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. 

Even though the Yeowomen held the lead in the stats, neither team found the back of the net in the half and the sides went scoreless into the break. 

It was the Terriers who broke the scoring open in the 53rd minute off a corner kick. 

Amber Baker started the corner, finding Courtney Wendel on the far post. After the ball deflected backward, it was senior Emily Syrjala who found the back of the net to give Hiram a 1-0 lead. 

The Yeowomen continued to pressure the Hiram defense following the goal, but Green continued to live up to the test. 

A breakaway by the NCAC's leading scorer, Gwennie Gardner, was one of Oberlin's most dangerous chances with just under 20 minutes to play. Gardner attempted to beat Green on the near side post, but was turned away to keep the Terriers with the one-goal advantage. 

Again, with just under ten minutes remaining, the Yeowomen had another breakaway chance, this time from Maddi Kimball. Green was once again a wall, making an aggressive play to tip the ball away.

Oberlin managed just one more shot over the final ten minutes as the Terrier back line stiffened to preserve the win. 

Green, along with the Terrier defense, helped Hiram post their fourth shutout of the season. This one was the the most impressive as it came against a Yeowomen team that leads the league with 36 goals. 

"Overall, it was a great team win tonight," remarked third-year head coach Mike Cracas. "The defense, led by Green, did exactly what we had planned, limiting quality opportunities throughout the night.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way that our back line played in front of Ally."

The shutout, pitched by Green, was the sophomore's first in NCAC action. She tallied a career-high 14 saves in the effort.

"The composure that Ally showed was outstanding," commented Cracas of his sophomore keeper. "Her command throughout the game lifted us to the win." 

The Terriers will get back to NCAC action on Tuesday, Oct. 10 as they travel to Allegheny to take on the Gators. Game time is scheduled for 4 PM.