Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw University men's soccer team fought hard for its 3-2 senior night win over Hiram College this Saturday.
From the first whistle, the pace and the physicality of the matchup had everything to do with conference play and the emotions of senior night colliding.
DePauw managed to hold onto this lead throughout the first half of the game, despite being outshot 6-3 by Hiram. Though the roughness throughout the match increased, the Tigers kept its composure, providing a clear advantage in controlling the ball.
The second half the Terriers continued to stay aggressive; however, its aggression provided open lanes in which the Tigers took advantage of in a couple of runs at goal.
One run in the 53rd-minute proved to be just right when Kramer ran down the right sideline with the ball and chipped the ball to Klein, who settled it with his chest and flicked it into the back of the net.
Up 2-0, DePauw was not finished putting pressure on Hiram. Just six minutes later, Kramer and Klein found each other once again, this time Klein settled the ball, spun and kicked the ball past the unsuspecting goalie.
With a comfortable 3-0 lead with plenty of time left, the Tigers played its game while keeping the Terriers at bay.
Unfortunately, Hiram caught a glimpse of hope after two late second-half goals. With just two minutes left in regulation, DePauw played smart and fast, keeping the ball out of its half and holding onto the senior night win.
The Tigers improve to 8-4 (2-1 NCAC) and are on the road to face Wittenberg on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a game-time set for 7 p.m.