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Seven Men’s Soccer Players Named All-NCAC; Greenhill Tabbed Offensive Player of the Year

Seven members of the Hiram College men’s soccer team have been named to the 2012 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Team for their individual efforts this season.  Senior forward Ryan Minick (North Royalton), senior midfielder Ryan Greenhill(Solon) and senior defenseman Dan O’Callaghan (Aberdale, Wales, United Kingdom) were named first-team.  Junior midfielder Andy Harding (Bath/Revere) and senior midfielder Ty Smith (Rocky River/St. Ignatius) were named second-team and junior defenders Caleb Capron (Salem/West Branch) and Brian Zilla (Canton/Jackson) were honorable mention picks.  In addition, Greenhill was named the NCAC Offensive Player of the Year.  [2012 All-NCAC Team]

After starting the season a perfect 9-0, Hiram finished the 2012 campaign with a 15-3-1 overall record and finished third in the conference with a 6-2-1 mark.  Hiram also qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the second straight season and fourth overall in program history since joining the conference.

Greenhill caps a standout four-year playing career with his fourth All-NCAC award, including earning first-team accolades in back-to-back seasons, and becomes the first men’s soccer player in program history to be named Conference Player of the Year since joining the NCAC.  This season, Greenhill was tied for the team-lead in assists with nine and was third in goals scored with five.  He ended the year with 19 total points which also ranked third highest on the team.  His 19 points this season ranked fifth best in the conference and his nine assists tied him with teammate Ryan Minick for league top honors.  Greenhill took 27 total shots this season, with 17 being on goal, while scoring two game-winning goals and was a perfect three-for-three in penalty kicks.

Greenhill ends his career as one of the best soccer players in program history.  In 72 career games, Greenhill has scored nine goals and 29 assists for 47 points.  His 29 assists is the second most all-time and his 47 points is the 10th highest.  In addition to becoming a four-time All-NCAC award winner, Greenhill is a two-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region and an All-Ohio selection.  He has also been recognized for his efforts off the field as a second-team Capital One Academic All-American, four-time Capital One All-District and a first-team Academic All-Ohio pick.

Minick also completes a standout playing career at Hiram with his third All-NCAC award and second straight first-team selection.  This fall, Minick was second on the team in goals scored with six and was tied with Greenhill for the team and league-lead in assists with nine.  His 21 total points this season were the second most on the team.  In addition, Minick’s six goals were tied for seventh in the NCAC and his 21 points were fifth best.  He took a total of 52 shots this season and had a .115 shot percentage.

For his career, Minick finishes second all-time in program history in shots (193), fifth in goals (24), tied for seventh in assists (15) and tied for fifth in overall points (63).  He adds to his list of post-season awards having already garnering second-team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region accolades last season in addition to earning second-team All-Ohio honors.

O’Callaghan earned first-team All-NCAC honors for the second straight season.  He helped anchor a defense that allowed just 1.14 goals per game while posting five shutout victories.  He also got involved on the offensive side of the ball scoring four goals and two assists for 10 points.  His four goals this season put him in a tie for fourth most on the team.  He tallied 24 shots in 19 games and had a .167 shot percentage.

In 64 career games, O’Callaghan scored six goals and six assists for 18 points as a defender.  He recorded a .130 lifetime shot percentage with 46 shots, including 22 of those being on goal.  During his tenure as a member of the Hiram defense, the Terriers posted a 41-28-4 record allowing just 1.34 goals per game and recording 17 shutouts.

Harding earns his first All-NCAC award after leading Hiram in five statistical categories including:  goals (13), points (32), shots (71), shots on goal (40) and game-winning goals (four).  He also led the NCAC in goals, points and was third in shots.  Harding posted two multi-goal games this season, including a career-high five goals against Franciscan back on Sept. 15.

Smith concludes his two-year playing career at Hiram with his first All-NCAC awards as a second-team pick.  Smith ended the season scoring three goals and five assists for 11 points in 19 games.  His five assists were third highest on the team.  H etook 22 shots this season and had a .136 shot percentage.

In two seasons as a Terrier, Smith played in every game scoring eight goals, including three game-winners, and seven assists for 23 points.  He had a .205 lifetime shot percentage with 39 shots taken.

Both Capron and Zilla earn All-NCAC honors for the first time in their careers.  Both were part of a defensive squad that gave up just 1.14 goals per game in 2012 while posting five shutout victories.  Individually, Capron played in all 19 games and scored an assist for one point.  He took eight shots with five of those being on net.  Zilla played in 15 games scoring five goals, including a game-winner, and one assist for five points.  He ended the season with a .167 shot percentage taking 12 shots with seven shots on goal.

In addition, Head Coach Carl Capellas was named the 2012 NCAC Coach of the Year.  It marks the second time in his career that he has been named coach of the year.  He also earned the award following the 2008 season after leading the team to a 13-6 overall record and the program’s first appearance in the NCAC Tournament.  This season, Capellas’ team fell one win shy of tying the program all-time win mark with 15 victories.  After nine seasons, Capellas has an 84-67-13 record.

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