Second-Half Struggles Clip Terriers Against Wooster

Second-Half Struggles Clip Terriers Against Wooster

Oct. 18 - HIRAM, Ohio - In a tale of two halves, the Hiram College women's soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to The College of Wooster on Wednesday evening. 

The Terrier offense awoke in the opening 45 minutes, connecting for a pair of goals in the frame. 

Sophomore Ally Green set the pace early, making four saves in the opening 45 minutes. The first came on a leaping save as she tipped the ball over the cross bar on a shot by Krenare Rakoci in the 11th minute. 

In the 17th minute, the Terriers got on the board first, as Courtney Wendel took a rebound off a shot from Hannah Ward and placed in the bottom-right corner of the net, giving Hiram a 1-0 advantage. 

The shot was the third of the game for Wendel, who hit the post and went just wide on her first two attempts in the eighth minute. Her persistence, however, gave the Terriers their first, first-half lead since the Thiel College victory on opening night. 

The Terriers continued to put pressure on the Scots in the first stanza. Senior Emily Syrjala just missed her fifth goal of the season, clanging a shot off the cross bar that kicked back to the 20-yard line. 

Junior Sophie Bell fought hard for the ball, collecting the possession between a pair of Wooster defenders. From there, the junior fired a strike, placing the ball over the Scots' keeper from 30-yards out to give the Terriers a 2-0 advantage. Hiram would keep Wooster at bay for the remainder of the half, leading by the same score at the break. 

The tide would turn in the 65th minute as Wooster pushed a cross into the Terrier goal box. The ball skipped off the head of Miranda Miracle and into the net, pulling the Scots to 2-1. 

Wooster would continue to up the pressure in the second half, outshooting Hiram 8-1 and holding a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. 

The Scots would then complete the comeback with a pair of goals from Kylie Hawkins in the 73rd and 84th minutes.

Hiram would have one final chance on a shot by Wendel, but could muster no more, falling by the 3-2 score. 

Wendel led the way for the Terriers throughout the evening, totaling five shots and her first-career tally. Bell also added a goal, while Ward tallied her fourth assist of the season. 

Hiram will get back to work on Saturday, October 21, as they travel to Ohio Wesleyan. The matchup with the Battling Bishops is schedule for a 1 p.m. start.

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