Aug. 28- HIRAM, Ohio- This fall, the Hiram College women's soccer program will have a melting pot of veteran and freshman experience as the Terriers look to improve in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
Last season, the Terriers graduated six seniors including Holly Knight, Alina Mille, Lisa Dano, Emily Syrjala, as well as captains Rebecca Fischer and Delaney Stryczek.
Helping lead the campaign this season will be the 19 returning players, including Second-Team All-NCAC selection Ally Green, and 11 newcomers.
The offensive firepower will be led by a young group with four sophomores, three freshmen, and only one junior.
The most seasoned of the forward pack is junior Isabel Ebel. Last season, Ebel made an appearance in all 17 games ranked second on the team in goals (two) and had a team-high shot-on-goal percentage of .800.
Bell appeared in 17 games ranking second on the team with a pair of goals.
Minor and Watson both had a big impact in the midfield making a start in 16 of the 17 games.
Sophomore Jessica Smith was versatile last season making an appearance in all 17 games in the midfield and as a forward.
The back line will feature the most returners with two seniors, five juniors, and two sophomores. Three of the four members of the leadership committee is made up of the defensive group including Juniors Miranda Miracle, Kaitlyn Morse, and Val Lauderback.
Also aiding the defensive effort will be senior Megan McCoy, sophomore Kelynn Heckman, freshman Natalie White, and freshman Kaitlyn Pongracz.
Last season, Green posted her best season with ten starts in net. She led the NCAC in total saves (108) while ranking second in save percentage (.831).
The 2018 schedule will feature eight home games this season. The Terriers will kick off the 2018 campaign witth a road trip to Dallas, Texas. Hiram will compete agains the host, UT-Dallas on Aug.31, before taking on Alfred on Sept. 1.
The NCAC schedule begins with a home matchup against DePauw on Wednesday, Sep. 29. The Terriers will also host Allegheny (Pa.), Ohio Wesleyan, and Denison, while traveling to Oberlin, Kenyon, Wooster, and Wittenberg. Hiram's remaining non-conference matchups this season will include Otterbein, Baldwin Wallace, Mt. St. Joseph, Mount Union, Case Western Reserve, Bluffton, and Heidelberg.