Women’s Soccer Defeats Hilbert (N.Y.) in Season Opener

September 3, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s soccer team defeated Hilbert (N.Y.) College, 4-2, today (Saturday, Sept. 3) in the season and home opener at the Hiram Soccer Complex.  [Game Stats]

The Terriers open the season with a 1-0 mark and the Hawks fall to 0-1 overall to start the season.

Hiram struck early in the first half with a score by freshman forward/midfielder Sarah Condon (Powell/Bishop Watterson) at the 7:45 minute mark with an assist from senior midfielder/defenseman Kayla Durichko (Brunswick) to give the Terriers an early 1-0 lead.  Hiram added to its lead just under 10 minutes later when junior defenseman/midfielder Lyndsay Witmer (Ashland/Hillsdale) found the back of the net during the 18th minute to put Hiram up 2-0.  Freshman defenseman/forward Jessica Berube (Barberton/Norton) was credited with an assist on the Witmer goal.  Hilbert cut the lead in half shortly after with a goal at the 18:54 mark narrowing the gap to 2-1.  But Hiram got some breathing room with a goal from freshman forward/midfielder Samantha Zuponcic (Mantua/Crestwood) near the end of the period during the 33rd minute to give the Terriers a 3-1 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, the Hawks again pulled to within a goal with a score at the 57:43 mark making the margin 3-2.  Hiram then put the game away when freshman midfielder/forward Tiffany Marchewka (Chesterland, Mich./L’Anse Creuse North) scored a goal during the 67th minute with an assist from freshman midfielder Kelsey Martin (Austintown/Fitch) as the Terriers went on to claim the 4-2 victory.

In net for Hiram, junior Kate Valaitis (Lewis Center/Olentangy) got the start, and the win, to begin the season with a 1-0 record.  Freshman Lisa Silvestro (London, Ont./St. Thomas Aquinas) came on to play the second half.  Both goalkeepers allowed one goal and made two saves in 45 minutes each.

Hiram returns to action tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 4) when it hosts Spalding (Ky.) University at the Hiram Soccer Complex.  The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Picked Eighth in NCAC Preseason Coaches Poll

August 25, 2011

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s soccer team was picked to finish eighth overall in the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference preaseason coaches poll that was released on Wednesday (Aug. 24).  [2011 NCAC Preseason Poll]

Hiram totaled 17 points to place eighth out of nine teams.  Defending NCAC Tournament Champion Denison University was the preseason favorite with 68 points and six first-place votes.  Allegheny (Pa.) College was second at 59 points to go along with one first-place vote and The College of Wooster rounded out the top three with 52 points and one first-place vote.

The Terriers will need to replace five impact players including the program’s all-time leading scorer three-time All-NCAC forward Claire Conner, four-time All-NCAC center back Madison Sepp, All-NCAC goalkeeper Emily Bristol, and four-year starters Kendra Dean and Melissa Sharpe.  In 2010, Hiram ended the season with a 5-12-2 overall record and 1-6 in NCAC play.  The season included five overtime matches in which Hiram came away with no victories and two draws.

The responsibility of replacing some of the lost attack falls to the experience of senior All-NCAC forward Caitlin Fortson (Ravenna) and junior Stephanie Takeuchi (Milton, Ontario/E.C. Drury).  Takeuchi led all returning players in scoring in 2010 with five goals and one assist for 11 points while Fortson looks to regain her threatening efforts in her final season.

The 2011 schedule will feature 10 home matches for the Terriers with the first three scheduled to be played at the Hiram Soccer Complex. Hiram kicks off the 2011 campaign against Hilbert (N.Y) College in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Sept. 3. The NCAC schedule begins on Saturday, Sept. 24 against conference newcomer DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

2011 Women’s Soccer Preview

August 5, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO — This fall, the Hiram College Women’s Soccer team will look for a combination of experience and youth in an effort to improve upon a year ago and compete with the top teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

“We did the work in recruiting to begin to replace what you really can’t replace,” said eighth-year Head Coach Bob Dean.  “We have returning players that have already stepped up and our incoming class is one of the best and deepest ever.  We could not be more excited.”

The Terriers will need to replace five impact players including the program’s all-time leading scorer three-time All-NCAC forward Claire Conner, four-time All-NCAC center back Madison Sepp, All-NCAC goalkeeper Emily Bristol, and four-year starters Kendra Dean and Melissa Sharpe.  In 2010, Hiram ended the season with a 5-12-2 overall record and 1-6 in NCAC play.  The season included five overtime matches in which Hiram came away with no victories and two draws.

The responsibility of replacing some of the lost attack falls to the experience of senior All-NCAC forward Caitlin Fortson (Ravenna) and junior Stephanie Takeuchi (Milton, Ontario/E.C. Drury).  Takeuchi led all returning players in scoring in 2010 with five goals and one assist for 11 points while Fortson looks to regain her threatening efforts in her final season.  The Terriers plan to get more from their experienced attacking midfielder junior Ernestina Zappa (Brooklyn/Laurel).  Last season, she tallied two goals for four points and finished amongst the team leaders in shots taken with 14.  In addition, expect senior Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), sophomores Vanessa Consolo (Ravenna/Rootstown) and Jazmine Morales (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Riverdale) to have a vital impact on the ability of the Terriers to finish this season.

“Caitlin and Stephanie are proven finishers for us,” said Dean.  “We have to rely on them this season once again.  And, we know we are going to get a spark not only from our other experienced returners but also from our newcomers because they come in with great club experience at a very high level.”

The midfield, in addition to Zappa and Marchewka, will be anchored by returning starters senior Maureen Carroll (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Mount St. Mary), junior Chelsea Ulmer (Toledo/Sylvania) and sophomore Megan Verel (Aurora).  Sophomores Becca Simon (Mantua/Crestwood) and Stephanie Fisher (Aurora) will add depth to the position.

“Our midfield approach will take a very different look this year as we transition into a new style,” said Dean.  “We can be dangerous on the flanks as well as having a presence in the middle of the park.  We are no longer dependent upon one or two great players to run the show in the middle.  Our depth and attack give us more options this year.”

It is in the back in which the Terriers return great experience and depth to provide stability and support.  Anchoring the defensive squad in 2011 will be senior three-year letterwinner Kayla Durichko (Brunswick), juniors Olivia Dagg (Brampton, Ontario/Central Peel Academy), Lyndsay Witmer (Ashland/ Hillsdale) and Breann Mason (Mentor/Lake Catholic).  Durichko started every match in her junior year and Dagg and Mason also got involved offensively last season scoring a goal each.  Dagg and Witmer also have experience in the midfield role as well.  Adding to the stability will be sophomore Maggie Picolo (Springfield/Greenon).

“Our experience and minutes played give us reason to be confident in the back even with the loss of a perennial all-conference player,” stated Dean. “And, our incoming class of defensemen adds great pace, high-level club experience, and a depth like we have not had in some time.  It is exciting.”

At goalkeeper, the situation is wide open to be both competitive and deep at the same time.  Junior Kate Valaitis (Lewis Center/Olentangy) is the only returning net minder from a year ago and was the number two keeper for two seasons behind Bristol.  Last fall, she saw playing time in five matches and had a 1.59 goals against average, while making three saves in over 113 minutes.

“Kate has been admirable for us as a backup for two years,” said Dean. “Having this competitive depth at this position keeps all the players searching for the edge and gives us some great security.”

The 2011 schedule will feature 10 home matches for the Terriers with the first three scheduled to be played at the Hiram Soccer Complex. Hiram kicks off the 2011 campaign against Hilbert (N.Y) College in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Sept. 3. The NCAC schedule begins on Saturday, Sept. 24 against conference newcomer DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.

Hiram College to Add Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse to Intercollegiate Offerings

March 17, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  – Hiram College officials have announced they will add men’s and women’s lacrosse as intercollegiate sports and begin competing in the Spring of 2013.  Hiram currently offers 14 intercollegiate teams and is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA Div. III.

“We have been considering lacrosse for several years,” said Hiram College Athletic Director Tom Mulligan. “We are in the process of bringing about some major improvements to our locker room facilities and installing synthetic turf on the Charles A. Henry Field. Those enhancements provide the facilities necessary to allow us to field lacrosse in a competitive manner.”

Hiram officials will initiate searches for head coaches for each sport with the intention of having the new coaches on board in August. The new members of the Hiram staff will spend the 2011-2012 academic year recruiting and play will begin during the 2013 spring season.

“We believe lacrosse is a sport which fits nicely here at Hiram,” said Mulligan. “The sport attracts good students who will be a good fit for our academic environment. Our athletic program continues to grow in strength and we feel strongly we can field competitive teams.”

Hiram currently offers intercollegiate competition in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, softball, baseball, and men’s and women’s golf.

Hiram announces athletic facility enhancements

March 9, 2011

Locker Room Rendering

The Hiram College athletic complex will be the site of two major enhancements beginning this spring. Hiram officials announced that the College is renovating the main locker room space in the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center and installing lights and a synthetic turf field at the football stadium.

The 6,000 square foot locker room renovation includes the installation of new flooring, shower facilities, lighting, heating, air conditioning systems, as well as the equipping of the facility with modern, wooden lockers for use by Hiram student-athletes. Student-athletes participating in softball, women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer, baseball, men’s basketball, and men’s soccer will utilize the renovated space.

“This renovation of the locker room will elevate the attractiveness of the space to the high level found throughout the rest of the Coleman Center,” said Hiram College President Tom Chema. “We’re blessed to have an attractive, modern, and functional athletic facility for use by members of our community.”

Work on the locker room renovation will begin in March and be completed in July.

“We have received several nice gifts toward the project,” said Chema. “We believe our alumni and friends will help us in the same manner in which they stepped up to assist with the construction of the $12 million Coleman Center. The Coleman Center has transformed our sports, recreation and fitness environment here at Hiram and given our student-athletes an opportunity to compete with the best in the North Coast Athletic Conference and all of NCAA Div. III.”

To learn more about naming opportunities associated with the locker room project, contact David Bishoff at 330-569-5282 or through e-mail at bishoffdb@hiram.edu.

[Photo Gallery of Locker Room Remodel]

In addition to the locker room renovation, college officials announced that the Charles A. Henry athletic field will be enhanced with the installation of a synthetic turf field and lighting. Work will begin in early May following the Hiram Commencement exercise and will be completed in July.

“Installation of turf will greatly enhance our ability to meet the needs of our student body,” said Hiram Athletic Director Tom Mulligan. “Currently, the football field is only used on five dates in a year. With turf, we will be able to provide additional opportunities for club, intramural, and free play competition. Additionally, the new surface and lighting will make our football venue one of the most attractive in small college football. We believe our football recruits will be impressed.”

[Photo Gallery of Football Field Project]

Women’s Soccer Has Three Named to All-NCAC Teams

November 15, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Three members of the Hiram College women’s soccer team have been named to the 2010 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams.  Senior forward Claire Conner (Aurora) earned second-team accolades while defenseman Madison Sepp (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) and senior goalkeeper Emily Bristol (Worcester, N.Y./Worcester) were honorable mention picks.  [2010 All-NCAC Teams]

Conner capped a stellar four-year playing career with her third All-NCAC selection and her second second-team award.  She earned second-team accolades in 2007 and was a honorable mention pick last season.  This season, Conner started all 19 games and led the team in nearly all major scoring categories including goals (seven), points (17) and shots (48).  She also led the team in shots on goal at 23 and was third in assists with three.  Her seven goals this season ranked seventh most in the conference and her 17 points were eighth most. 

For her career, Conner will leave the program as one of the best players to have played at Hiram.  She owns a total of seven school records and shares another.  Conner holds two single-season records in goals (13) and points (29) and is the all-time career leader in four categories including shots (202), goals (33), assists (16) and points (82).  Conner shares one single-game record in assists (three) that came in a 3-1 win against Saint Mary’s (Ind.) College in 2008.

Sepp earns her fourth All-NCAC award and her fourth honorable mention selection.  She becomes the first Terrier to be named All-Conference four times.  This fall, Sepp also started all 19 games and was part of a defensive squad that allowed 2.38 goals per game and posted two shutout victories.  Offensively, Sepp scored a pair of goals, which put her in a tie for fifth most on the team, for four total points.  She took four shots this season and had a .500 shot percentage. 

In 74 career games, Sepp scored four goals, including a game-winner, and had one assist for nine points.  She took 17 shots and had a .235 shot percentage.  Also during her career, she was a member of a defense that posted 15 shutouts in four years.

Emily Bristol earns her first All-Conference award.  As a senior, she ended the season with a 5-11-2 overall record and had two shutout wins.  She started all 19 games and allowed 45 goals for a 2.44 goals against average.   Bristol tallied a league-leading 100 saves with a .690 save percentage in just over 1,663 minutes.

For her career, Bristol played in 75 games and is the program’s all-time leader in that category.  She also owns the school record in career shutouts with eight.  Bristol ends her career with a 25-44-5 record and a 2.02 lifetime g.a.a.  She also tallied 395 saves with a .730 save percentage.  Her 395 career saves rank second most in program history. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Women’s Soccer Defeated by Denison University on Senior Day

October 30, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s soccer team was defeated by Denison University, 3-2, today (Saturday, Oct. 30) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and season finale at the Hiram Soccer Complex on Senior Day.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers end their season at 5-12-2 overall and 1-6 in the NCAC.  The Big Red improve to 11-5 overall and 5-2 NCAC.

Denison drew first blood with a goal by Maggie Hoskin at the 7:15 mark making the score 1-0.  Hiram evened the score 1-1 at the 29:00 mark on a goal by sophmore Olivia Dagg (Brampton, Ontario/Central Peel Secondary), her first of the season, and an assist by senior, and current NCAC Player of the Week, Claire Conner (Aurora).  Denison would regain the lead, this time for good, just before the end of the half when Klemmer scored an unassisted goal with 40:34 on the clock making the score 2-1 at the break. 

Denison would make the score 3-1 early in the second half on Klemmer’s second goal of the game, with an assist by Kimmi Oshita, at the 57:45 mark.  Hiram would score a late goal when defender Breann Mason (Mentor/Lake Catholic) put the ball in the goal at 85:32 on the clock, making the final score 3-2.

In goal for Hiram, senior Emily Bristol (Worcester, N.Y./Worcester Central) started the game and played all 90 minutes.  She allowed three goals, made three saves and ends the season with a 5-11-2 overall mark.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Women’s Soccer Player Claire Conner Tabbed NCAC Player of the Week

October 25, 2010

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  Hiram College senior women’s soccer player and senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference forward Claire Conner (Aurora) has been named this week’s NCAC Player of the Week.  [NCAC Women's Soccer Release]

Conner helped lead the Terriers win one of two games last week in which she scored both team goals in a 2-1 victory against Oberlin College on Saturday (Oct. 23).   It marked the first multi-goal game for Conner this season and her seventh overall in her career.

Going into the final week of competition in 2010, Conner is the school’s all-time leader in goals (33), assists (15) and total points (81).  In addition, she owns two Hiram single-season records in goals (13) and points (29).  Both were set during the 2007 season. 

Conner, and the rest of the Hiram women’s soccer team, will host Denison University on Saturday (Oct. 30) in the home and season finale at the Hiram Soccer Complex.  It will also be senior day with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Women’s Soccer Defeats Oberlin College

October 23, 2010

OBERLIN, OHIO  –  Senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference forward Claire Conner (Aurora) scored both goals as the Hiram College women’s soccer team snapped a six-game losing streak and a nine-game winless streak in a 2-1 win against Oberlin College today (Saturday, Oct. 23) in Oberlin.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 5-11-2 overall and 1-5 in the NCAC.  The Yeowomen fall to 4-13 overall and 1-5 NCAC.

Conner tallied both of her goals in the first half, but would need just 6:41 to record her first score on an unassisted goal to give the Terriers an early 1-0 lead.  Near the midway point of the period, Conner found the back of the net for the second time during the 23rd minute.  The goal turned out to be the game winner and was assisted by junior midfielder/forward Caitlin Fortson (Ravenna) as Hiram led 2-0 at the intermission.

In the second half, Oberlin cut the lead in half with a goal at the 56:37 mark by Hannah Combe, making the score 2-1.  But despite being outshot, 9-3, in the half, Hiram kept Oberlin from recording the game-tying goal and hung on for the 2-1 victory.

Hiram senior goalkeeper Emily Bristol (Worcester, N.Y./Worcester Central) played all 90 minutes and got the win to improve to 5-10-2 overall for the season.  She allowed the lone goal and made eight saves.

Hiram will wrap-up the 2010 season next Saturday, Oct. 30 when it hosts Denison University in the home finale at the Hiram Soccer Complex.  It will also be senior day with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Women’s Soccer Defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University

October 20, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s soccer team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 2-0, tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 20) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at the Hiram Soccer Complex.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 4-11-2 overall and 0-5 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 4-8-3 overall and 1-3-1 NCAC.

OWU got on the board at the 27:25 minute mark of the first half with a goal from Belle Madison that gave the Bishops a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The Madison goal would turn out to be all that OWU needed, but would add an insurance goal at the 59:00 mark by Makinzie Krebsbach en route to the 2-0 shutout.

In goal for Hiram, senior Emily Bristol (Worcester, N.Y./Worcester Central) started the game and played 79:30.  She allowed two goals and made three saves, but fell to 4-10-2 overall for the season.  Sophomore Kate Valaitis (Lewis Center/Olentangy) played the final 10:30 allowing no goals and recorded no saves.

Hiram will travel to Oberlin on Saturday, Oct. 23 for a NCAC contest against Oberlin College.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

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