Hiram women overcome history, while Frostburg State wins again
|Sophomore Samantha Zuponcic scored two goals in Hiram's win over Ohio Wesleyan Hiram Athletics photo by Matt Reed|
Sophomore forward/midfielder Samantha Zuponcic scored two goals as the Hiram College women's soccer team defeated Ohio Wesleyan University 3-0, in a North Coast Athletic Conference match on Saturday. The win over the Bishops was the first for Hiram in 14 matches, dating back to Hiram's entry in to the NCAC in 1999.
In men's action, Frostburg State defeated Wesley 2-0, improving to 9-0-1 and 1-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play. Frostburg received votes in the most recent D3soccer.com Top 25 poll.
The Bobcats outshot Wesley 13-11 in the match with Ryan Russell scoring the unassisted game-winner early in the second half. Russell also assisted on Bryan Whitmore's goal in the 78th minute.
The physical match featured six yellow and two red cards.
With their victory, the Hiram women ended a three-game winless streak and improved to 4-5-2 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops fell to 3-6-1 overall and 0-1. The only goal of the first half, and the game-winner, came off the foot of senior All-NCAC midfielder Ernestina Zappa in the 18th minute mark with an assist from freshman midfielder/forward Irelie Riggle. The goal also ended a three-game scoreless drought for the Terriers as they went into the locker rooms with a narrow 1-0 edge.
In the second half, Hiram got some breathing room when Zuponcic recorded her first goal late in the match during the 82nd minute to put the Terriers up 2-0. Junior midfielder/defenseman Megan Verel was credited with the assist on Zuponcic's first goal. Shortly after, Zuponcic sealed the victory when she found the back of the net for a second time at the 85:21 mark, with an assist from senior defenseman Breann Mason, as Hiram went on to post the 3-0 shutout.
In net, senior Kate Valaitis played all 90 minutes, claiming her second victory of the season and her second shutout win. She is now 2-2-2 overall for the year. She allowed no goals and stopped all four shots she faced.