Sept. 15 - BETHANY, W. Va. - Freshman Hannah Ward tallied her first collegiate goal in the 89th minute to help lift the Hiram College women's soccer team to a hard-fought, 1-0 win over Bethany College on Friday evening.
"I couldn't be prouder of Hannah for connecting on her first collegiate goal," commented Head Coach Mike Cracas. "More importantly, though, I am proud of the way our whole team fought until the very last minute."
The two sides played to an even 0-0 score until the final minute of game time when Ward received a pass from senior Emily Syrjala and split a pair of defenders. The freshman then buried the ball in the lower right and corner and beat the Bethany keeper to give HIram the victory.
The Terriers kept the pressure on the Bison throughout the entirety of the contest, outshooting Bethany 14-5. The former All-American White-Tier Player of the Year led Hiram with three shots, including a pair on net, and the game winning tally.
In the first half, Hiram outshot the Bison 8-2 and came close to the first goal of the game as Sophie Bell just missed the top right corner of the net in the final five minutes of the frame.
The match was still knotted in the second 45 despite Hiram continuing to hold the pressure. The 14th and final shot of the game by Ward proved to be the difference maker, securing the game winner.
The Hiram defense kept Bethany off the score board by allowing just one shot on net, which was saved by keeper Sam Hudson, who posted her second win of the season.
The Terriers will be back in action on Tuesday, September 19, when they play host to the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace. The matchup is slated for a 7:30 p.m.