Sept. 8 – The Hiram College men's soccer team played to their fourth one-goal decision of the season, dropping a tight, 2-1, contest to undefeated Medaille College on Friday evening at Charles A. Henry Field.
Trailing 2-0 in the second half, freshman Giovanni Meza was awarded a penalty kick as he beat the Maverick defenders and was tackled inside the 18-yard box. Meza buried the try, cutting the Maverick lead to 2-1.
Not only did the PK mark the fourth-straight game in which the Terriers have earned penalty try, but it also was the fourth-consecutive in which Hiram converted a goal as a direct result of the kick. Hiram has tallied four goals on the season, all of which have come in penalty-kick situations.
In the late stages of the game, Hiram had a few chances to knot the score. Brian Corbin had a try go just wide on a header in the 84th minute, while Kyle Watson's header chance sailed just wide in the 87th, leading to the 2-1 defeat.
Both Maverick tallies came in the second half as the two sides went into the locker room tied at the halftime break. CJ Keith was solid in the opening stanza, making six stops in the first 45 minutes. The tie at the break marked the fourth-consecutive game in which the Terriers either led or were tied at the half.
James Lang got the scoring going in the 59th minute on a cross by Anthony Marafioti. The goal marked Lang's fourth of the season to give the guests a 1-0 lead. Lang then finished a three-point night, assisting on a tally by Same Beesley off a free kick in the 65th minute to provide the difference.
Offensively, Hiram tallied nine total shots, including three on net. Watson finished with a pair of shots, as did Corbin. Keanu Shelton, Richard Milford, Quinn Galecki and Meza all finished with a shot, each.
Hiram will get back to work on Sunday, Sept. 10 as they travel to Erie, Pa. to take on Penn State – Behrend. The matchup is slated for a 3 p.m. start.