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 Shelton, Jonathan Ross, Kyle Watson, Christian Nshimyumuremyi, Keegan Williams, Josh Lubich, Blake Easterling, and Quinn Galecki.
The Terriers went 5-12, with five of Hiram's 17 games being decided by a one-goal differential.
This season, Hiram will be led by men's soccer 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 returner, 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 Corbin, Saint 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.
Davis made his mark last season with 10 starts, earning three points on the season, including a game-winning goal against nonconference foe Otterbein.
In his first season with the Terriers, Meza finished second on the team for most shots taken on the season (24) and the most shots on goal for the season (9). One of Meza's three goals was the game-winning goal in the matchup against Westminster.
As for newcomers, the Terriers welcome one junior and 13 freshmen.
Freshman Elliott Kirby will be a great addition to the Terriers coming from Cambridge Highschool where he tallied All-ECOL, All-OVAC, and All-Eastern District accolades. Tommy Rink and Ali Al-Khatib round out the new forward firepower.
Amongst the fresh faces on the defense is Matthew Zilla, Brandyn Spoon, D-1 Far East Best Defender Quentin Moore, and 2018 All-Portage Trail Conference First Team Defender Matt Adkins. In net, freshman duo Shelby Edwards and Griffin Whims will add to the goalie group.
The 2018 schedule will feature seven home matchups, with their first three games 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 Wabash (Ind.), Kenyon, Wooster, and Wittenberg. Hiram's non-conference matchups this season will include Mount Union, John Carroll, and Case Western Reserve.