Quakers hold off Defiance
WC wins, 3-2
September 17, 2011
Dan Wicks (at left) works against Defiance College's Ryan Spaw during the Quakers' 3-2 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Defensive breakdowns turned a comfortable game into a nail-biter as Wilmington College held on to post a 3-2 win over Defiance College at Charlie Gilhart Field Saturday night.
The Quakers are now 4-2-1 on the season while Defiance falls to 1-5-1.
“Looking from above, I’d say we’re very happy to be where we are right now,” Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis said. “We are making great progress and we are playing the kind of soccer that I know this team can play.”
Wilmington came out strong early and put two shots on the Defiance goal in the first 15 seconds of play.
The pressure soon paid off as Martin Holmquist (Karlstad, Sweden/Alvkulle Gymnasiet) connected off a Jeff Graham (Kettering/Carroll) assist in the sixth minute to put Wilmington up, 1-0.
Defensive sloppiness, however, soon caught up with the Quakers. A foul near the Wilmington goal gave Defiance a penalty kick, and Joseph Loftis converted to tie the game at 1 in the ninth minute.
Holmquist scored again, this time with a header to finish a service from Henrik Hornnaess (Brumunddal, Norway/Hamar Katerdralskole) in the 18th minute of play.
Wilmington extended its lead to 3-1 in the 63rd minute when Graham left a ball for Taylor Estes (Reading), who ripped a low shot past the Defiance keeper.
The Quakers missed a couple chances to extend the lead, which left the door open for Defiance.
With a two-goal lead, the Quakers needed only to maintain possession and defend. Neither happened down the stretch as Defiance scored after a Wilmington defensive misplay in the 88th minute.
The Yellow Jackets continued to pressure Wilmington and narrowly missed sending the game to overtime when Loftis’ shot from the right wing whistled over the Quakers’ goal with 6 seconds to play.
“We really knocked the ball around tonight and did some great things. But we are still making some sloppy mistakes in the back,” Lewis said. “That is the only disappointment that I have right now, but it’s probably not unrealistic, given how young we are.”
The Quakers took 28 shots to 14 for Defiance, and won the corner kick battle, 8-4.
Wilmington will return to action Sept. 24 when Mount Union visits Gilhart Field for both teams’ Ohio Athletic Conference opener.