GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Heidelberg men’s soccer team traveled to Grove City College to battle the Wolverines as they begin to wrap up their non-conference schedule. The Wolverines gave the Student Princes all they could handle in regulation, but a game-winning goal from junior midfielder Hamid Shariff in overtime sent the Berg to a 2-1 victory in Pennsylvania.
The overtime, game-winner marks the fourth goal of the 2013 season for Shariff. The goal propels Hamid to the top of the scoring list with both sophomore Chris Koczak and freshman Greg Raimondo close behind with three each.
The Student Princes struck first in the 13th minute when sophomore forward Ryan Homoki knocked through his second goal of the season.
The Wolverines answered the Berg’s go-ahead goal with an equalizer in the 37th minute sending the game to a 1-1 tie at the half. The second half would tic by without a goal from either side, but it was not for a lack of effort.
Grove City put up a troublesome fight in the second half, taking nine shots with four of them on target. In the second half, junior keeper Matthew Stevens hauled in four saves for the Berg. Stevens finished with five saves on the evening.
In overtime, it only took Heidelberg 2:26 to find the game winning goal. Hamid netted his fourth of the season from a Koczak assist in the 92nd. The assist marks Koczak’s first of the season and third of his career.
Despite Shariff and Homoki claiming goals against the Wolverines, the offensive effort for the Berg was led by junior Nico Samaneigo who footed three shots, two of which were on goal. Samaneigo has accumulated ten shots on the year and collected two key assists, but has had difficulty finding the back of the net.
With the victory, the Heidelberg men move to 5-2-0 on the year with one non-conference matchup left.
The Heidelberg will conclude their non-conference schedule when they travel to Kenyon College on Tuesday, October 1. Kickoff from Gambier, Ohio is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Following the matchup against the Lords of Kenyon, the Berg will host Marietta College to open the 2013 Ohio Athletic Conference slate. After the Pioneers visit Tiffin, the Student Princes will travel to Wilmington and Capital.