Posted: Sep 28, 2019
Sept.28-HIRAM, Ohio- Sophomore Isaac Opoku recorded his first career multi-goal game to seal the Hiram College men's soccer teams 2-1 victory over Wittenberg, Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Hiram record to 5-3-2 overall and 1-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while the Tigers fall to 3-8 overall and 0-1 in the NCAC.
The first frame was a silent one with neither side scoring in the initial 45 minutes.
In the first half, Hiram held Wittenberg to just three shots while tallying two of their six corners.
All of the scoring action was in the second. Wittenberg would open the half with a goal from Sean Williams in the 58th minute to take the initial 1-0 lead.
To even the score, the Terriers would respond in the 65th minute off an Opoku goal.
Both sides would trade shots in the remaining minutes, but it would all boil down to the 89th minute when Opoku scored off a penalty kick to secure the 2-1 win.
Wittenberg would add just one last shot in the following minute, but it was not enough.
This marks as Opoku's second game-winning goal of the season. He previously recorded a game-winner earlier in the season in the 2-0 victory over Washington and Jefferson.
The Terriers outshot the Tigers 21-15 while holding a 6-3 advantage in corners.
Offensively, seven Terriers tallied a multi-shot game. Opoku and freshman duo Asish Pandey and Isrrael Morales led the pack with four shots apiece.
Sophomore Shelby Edwards and senior CJ Keith split time in goal. Keith collected his third win of the season finishing the afternoon with four of the eight Hiram saves.
Hiram will return to action on Saturday, Oct.5 when they host Wabash. The matchup with the Little Giants is set for 1:00 pm.