Men's soccer bounces back, picks up win

Men's soccer bounces back, picks up win

DEFIANCE, Ohio – It was the response that Dr. Brian Haley was hoping to see from the Heidelberg University men's soccer team. After a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Hiram on Saturday, the Student Princes were the better side in a 2-0 win at Defiance on Wednesday.

Hamid Shariff's goal in the seventh minute, his third of the year, gave Heidelberg (3-2-2) and early lead and allowed the team to relax.

"We were very dominant the first 20 minutes with passing and movement," said Haley, in his 26th season.

Alexis Mendoza iced the contest with a goal in the 72nd minute, coming off a feed from Tyler Eoff. For the freshman, it was his fourth goal of the season.

"Defiance came out strong in the second half, but our second goal killed the game off," said Haley. "It was good to bounce back."

Defiance (1-5-1) only mustered three shots, none of which required a save by Matthew Stevens. It was the senior's second shutout of the season and ninth of his career.

Haley's side hosts Grove City College on Saturday. Kickoff at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex is at 2 p.m.