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Toney leads WC to first win

September 7, 2013

~ Brandon Klepach ~ (Wilmington photo/Randy Sarvis)

~ Brandon Klepach ~ (Wilmington photo/Randy Sarvis)

Sophomore transfer Nick Toney scored his first two goals in a Wilmington uniform as the Quakers won their first game of the season, beating Wittenberg 4-1 Saturday in the 2013 Kiwanis Classic at Charlie Gilhart Field.

“We needed a good result tonight,” said head coach Bud Lewis. “We always have a battle with Wittenberg, and it’s a great win anytime we can beat them.”

Toney’s (Morrow, OH/Little Miami) first goal, which game in the 53rd minute, broke a 1-1 tie and seemed to spark the Wilmington attack. He added the game’s final tally beating the goalkeeper following a dandy feed from junior Drew Fields (Mariemont, OH/Mariemont).

“That first goal was all him,” said Lewis. “He beat several players and finally executed a shot on goal. It was a tremendous goal.

“We talked a lot about finishing games,” he continued. “He scored some late goals to give us a cushion. Wittenberg put a lot of pressure, and for the most part, we responded.”

Junior Evan Schlagetter (Sidney, OH/Sidney) got Wilmington on the board first, scoring in the 13th minute, but Wiitenberg answered in the 27th minute.

Senior Henrik Hornnaess (Brumunddal, Norway/Hamar Katerdralskole) finished with one goal and an assist in the winning effort. Not only getting are the Quakers getting Hornaess healthy, the insertion of junior Taylor Estes (Reading, OH/Reading) into the starting lineup gave WC a huge boost.

“He was a difference for us,” said Lewis. “He lifted us defensively. His smarts and creativity is a big difference for us, and provided a big boost.”

Lewis added that the play of junior Alex Ruckman (Monroe, OH/Monroe) was critical following the injury of freshman Marcus Tornberg (Stockholm, Sweden/Hersby Gymnasium). Additional junior Martin Holmquist (Karlstad, Sweden/Alvkulle Gymnasiet) really anchored the WC defense and was a key cog during the weekend tournament. He also added an assist on the day.

Wilmington (1-3) travels to Transylvania 5 p.m. Tuesday in non-conference action.