WC gives up goal 4 seconds in, loses 3rd straight 2-1


ADA – The Wilmington College men’s soccer team suffered its third straight loss, falling to Thomas More Friday, 2-1, in the first game of the Ohio Northern Invitational.

Thomas More struck four seconds into the match to take the 1-0 lead.

“I was very disappointed in how we started the game,” said Lewis. “The first time they played a long ball, we defended it poorly. We are making too many mistakes at critical moments of the game. Whether it’s a bad pass or a bad trap, it’s keeping us from getting on top. We have to be better to start games; we can’t continue to spot teams goals.”

Freshman Adam Eckart tallied his first career goal, taking a crossing pass from sophomore Roman Kirschner and put it in the back of the net.

Senior Chris Bourque finished with nine saves on 11 shots in the loss.

Offensively, Wilmington woke up in the second half. After getting outshot 14-2 over the first 45 minutes, WC managed seven shots in the final 45 minutes.

The Fightin’ Quakers are now 1-10 in their last 11 games away from home, according to head coach Bud Lewis.

“Chris Bourque did a phenomenal job of keeping the game 2-nil,” said Lewis. “It was one of the best goalkeeping performances I have seen.”

Wilmington (1-3) returns to the pitch 1 p.m. Saturday to play Kalamazoo in the third game of the Ohio Northern Invitational.

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