In a battle of the Quakers, Earlham scored the game’s only goal in the 73rd minute, snapping Wilmington’s five-match unbeaten streak Wednesday in non-conference action at Townsend Field.
“Earlham came out ready to play and I don’t think we were,” said Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis. “I don’t know why, don’t have any reasons why. We got back to a relatively healthy starting lineup, but Earlham – early on – created some dangerous chances. We are quite lucky they didn’t get on the scoreboard a couple of times.”
It is the first time this season, Wilmington failed to score a goal and the first time in six games they failed to score multiple goals.
The second half was really a defensive struggle until Earlham seized the moment in the 73rd minute.
“In the second half, neither team was creating too many dangerous chances, but the one chance they got, they scored,” said Lewis. “We didn’t get as dangerous as we should have.”
Wilmington managed seven shots in the game with freshman Anton Holmqvist being responsible for three of the team’s shots. Senior Nick Baker recorded one save in goal for WC.
Both teams were responsible for four corner kicks, while Earlham had 12 fouls and Wilmington 11 fouls.
Wilmington (3-2-2) plays its first road game in more than three weeks when the Fightin’ Quakers travel to Bethany for a non-conference match 3:30 p.m. Saturday.