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Ward's Heroics Lift Women's Soccer to Victory Over DePauw

Ward's Heroics Lift Women's Soccer to Victory Over DePauw

Sophomore Hannah Ward lifted the Hiram College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over DePauw University in the team's North Coast Athletic Conference opener on Saturday evening. 

Ward, who tallied just one goal in her freshman season, tripled her season total with her first-career multi-score game. 

Her second goal proved to be the difference in the match as the two teams played to a stalemate in regulation. 

In the first overtime, the Terrier defense turned a DePauw corner kick into an opportunity as freshman Kaitlyn Harris found the feet of Ward on a breakaway….

The rest….as they say….is history:

Ward also got the Terriers on the board in style, ripping a shot from 40-yards out in the 38th minute of the first half to give Hiram a 1-0 lead. 

Despite being outshot 11-5 in the opening 45, junior keeper Ally Green kept the Terriers in the lead, making five first-half saves. 

The Tigers opened the second half aggressively, taking the kickoff immediately into Terrier territory. Just 28 seconds into the half, Shaili Kumar found Bailey Ehrens with a cross. Ehrens deflected the ball past Green, knotting the game at 1-1. 

With time winding down in regulation, both teams had opportunities but were turned aside. In the final two minutes, Ward had a pair of chances to unknot the score, but both were saved by goalie Maya Caldwell. 

Green, meanwhile, tallied eight more saves in the second half, giving her 13 total during the regulation 90, setting the Terriers up for Ward's heroics. 

Ward totaled five of the Terriers' nine total shots, placing four on net. Harris, Kaitlyn Pongracz and Sam Minor also added shots on net. 

The victory for the Terriers marked the programs' first over DePauw in school history and started Hiram off 1-0 in conference play. 

Hiram will get back to work on Saturday, October 6, as they travel to Oberlin to take on the Yeowomen. The matchup is slated for a 3 p.m. start.