The Wilmington College men’s soccer team snapped a five-match losing streak, and scored for the first time in more than 420 minutes, in picking up its first Ohio Athletic Conference win of the season.
The Fightin’ Quakers scored a goal in each half to record the 2-0 victory over Baldwin Wallace Saturday.
“This was a critical game for us in a lot of ways,” said Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis. “There is no question Baldwin-Wallace is a very dangerous team. That have great speed, pace; they play good soccer. I was impressed with their level of play. Getting a win in the OAC, right now, was absolutely critical for us to believe in ourselves.”
Freshman Roman Kirschner gave Wilmington the lead in the game’s 23rd minute. The forward took a long pass, chipped the ball over the hard charging keeper at the top of the box, and then tapped it in on the goal line.
“Roman was due,” said Lewis. “He is a very quick and dangerous attacking player. Niklas played a good ball to him, and (Kirschner) played it just perfectly to put him in position to score.”
While seemingly dominated the play in the first 45 minutes, Baldwin Wallace had the more dangerous chances on a couple of counter attacks. The Yellow Jackets five shots on goal, while WC had four shots on frame in the opening half.
Wilmington’s revamped defense came through throughout the game. Freshman Tommy Logan, in his first start in the back, and freshman Bradley Burden, in his second start, were key additions. Junior Chris Bourque and freshman Gabriel Nygard were the defensive mainstays in WC’s attack.
As the Fightin’ Quakers turned away BW chances, they finally got an insurance goal in the 86th minute as sophomore Niklas Martensson headed home a Burden free kick.
Senior Nick Baker recorded seven saves in tallying his second shutout of the season.
Wilmington (4-6-2 overall, 1-2 OAC) travels to Otterbein 7 p.m. Tuesday in OAC action.