By: Abbey Lipcsik
MEADVILLE, Pa. -- The Hiram College men's soccer team was the first team to score against Grove City (Pa.) this season, but dropped a gut-wrenching 3-2 decision on Thursday evening at the Allegheny (Pa.) Classic.
Hiram falls to 1-2-0 overall, while Grove City improves to 4-0-0.
The Wolverines got on the board first when Stephen Betteridge scored in the 11th minute. The Terriers tied the score just over two minutes later when senior Jake Pastore (Canton, Ohio / GlenOak) fired a penalty kick and found the back of the net.
Grove City took back the lead when Nich Leaman scored off of a corner kick in the 19th minute. Stephen Betteridge was awarded with the assist.
The Wolverines would push their lead to 3-1 early in the second half. Jonathan Burton scored his first goal of the season and was assisted by Dale Reese.
The Terriers fought back to cut Grove City's lead to one in the 58th minute when senior Zac Cairns (North Olmsted, Ohio / St. Edward) scored with assist from junior Blake Easterling (Barberton, Ohio / University of Akron).
Junior goalkeeper Luke Wilhelm (Shaker Heights, Ohio / University School) played all ninety minutes and recorded three saves. His overall record drops to 1-2-0.
Grove City held a slim 15-12 advantage in shots, while both teams took nine corner kicks in the contest.
Hiram will return to action on September 10, when they face Thiel (Pa.) in a 4:30 p.m. matchup in their second and final match of the Allegheny Classic.