NEW CONCORD – Daniel Kappelin scored two goals and despite blowing a 2-0 lead the Wilmington College men’s soccer team defeated Muskingum 4-2 Wednesday in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at North Athletic Turf Stadium.
“We needed a player to step up and we sure got that with Daniel Kappelin,” WC head coach Bud Lewis said. “He was really on his game. He’s been struggling to get that goal that would help us.”
The win puts the Quakers at 8-8-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the OAC. The Muskies drop to 2-14-1 overall and 0-8 in the conference.
Wilmington was defeated by Mount Union 1-0 on Saturday, a loss that not only dampened Lewis’s retirement ceremony but knocked WC out of the OAC post-season.
“We kinda had to redo our focus for the next two games to try to get two wins,” Lewis said.
And the match started well. Just 2 minutes after kickoff, Jason Altmayer fed Treshaun Pate who hit a shot low to the right corner that gave WC a 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Kappelin scored to make it 2-0 with an assist to Wille Winald.
“We are playing well, controlling the tempo of the game,” Lewis said.
Muskingum made it 2-1 at the break but Lewis said his squad was still “feeling pretty comfortable.”
“We had numerous chances, good looks at the goal,” the coach said. “If they had been more composed in front of the goal, we would have three or four goals easily. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”
Just 33 seconds into the second half, the Muskies tied the match at 2-2. Lewis said his team didn’t panic but continued to hammer away at the Muskingum goal. Less than two minutes after the match was tied, the Quakers untied it when Wille Winald chipped the keeper to put WC up 3-2.
After the Muskies were hit with a red card, Wilmington relied on its defense and goalkeeping of Chris Bourque.
“Before the match I talked with Chris and told him this is a game you are going to win for us,” Lewis said. “We’re up 3-2 and they get a breakaway, with 10 players, and Chris made a great save.”
Kappelin then tallied his second goal of the match before Bourque made another key save to keep the two-goal difference.
“We did a good job of closing the game out,” Lewis said. “We had to work a little harder than we probably should have. It wasn’t pretty but it was a good win nonetheless.”
Lewis said Nils Asteberg was “dynamic” at center-back and JC Brewer had a great game at right-back. Altmayer was strong up front for WC, creating a solid attack. In the midfield, Lewis said Bennie Spirk and Emil Martin were stalwarts. In the final 15 minutes of the match, Lewis put Leandro Foscaches in and “he provided a steadiness in the back line to help us close out the game.”