DEFIANCE – Junior Taylor Scott turned in a career performance Friday as the Wilmington College women’s soccer breezed past host Defiance, 7-1, in non-conference action.
“We were more focused today. We settled down and played the way we are capable of playng,” said Wilmington head coach Steve Spirk. “It was a good rebound for us after a tough loss Tuesday. Hopefully, we can put together back-to-back performances when we play Saint Vincent tomorrow.”
Wilmington returns to the pitch 1 p.m. Saturday to play the Bearcats at Defiance College.
The Fightin’ Quakers dominated from the outset. Defensively, Wilmington limited the Yellow Jackets to just four second-half shots, while unleashing 39 shots of their own. Twenty of the team’s 39 shots were on frame.
“Our defense played very good today,” said Spirk. “Our midfield also played really well, winning balls both offensively and defensively, and feed the ball to the forwards.”
Scott (Lynchburg-Clay) distributed a career-high three assists and scored her first goal of the season. The three assists equaled her career total.
“That’s the sign of a good forward,” said Spirk. “When you are not scoring, you are still creating and setting up your teammates.”
Freshmen Stephanie Max (Clayton Northmont) had two goals and one assists, while freshman Ashley Lovett (Washington Senior) tallied two markers. It was the first career goals for both newcomers.
Max got the lid lifted on the scoring with a goal in the 16th minute, and then added her second goal of the day three minutes later off a feed from Scott, who continued on in a giving mood. The junior forward had a hand in the next two goals, assisting on markers from freshmen Kayla Marrero and Lovett.
Sophomore Stephanie Randolph (Monroe) got into the scoring column in the game’s 30th minute to make the score 5-0. Freshman Hannah Greaney (Dayton Carroll) was awarded with the assist.
The Max/Scott combination returned to the forefront with the team’s first goal of the second half, only it was Scott netting the goal with Max getting the assist. Lovett rounded out the Wilmington scoring in the 62nd minute.
Freshman Brittany Ross (Newton) earned the victory, playing the first 45 minutes without facing a shot. Sophomore Ana Hosler (Blanchester) recorded one save and allowed a goal.
Defiance scored its only goal of the game in the 85th minute to prevent the shutout.