WC women own 4-match win streak


Wilmington College’s women’s soccer team will ride a four-game win streak into its Ohio Athletic Conference schedule next week after edging visiting Manchester 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Townsend Field.

The Fightin’ Quakers got several good looks at the goal in the first half but a pair of caroms off the crossbar was as close as they got until senior Ashley Stockton scored unassisted in the 71st minute.

In spite of the close score, Wilmington dominated play with a 26 to 4 shot advantage and 4 to 1 margin on cornerkicks.

The Fightin’ Quakers’ defense gave up only three shots-on-goal, but goalkeeper Brittany Ross easily handled them as she netted her sixth win of the season. The Spartans’ goalkeeper Caroline Smith made 14 saves as she kept Manchester in the match.

Wilmington completes its non-conference part of the schedule with a 7-3 mark while Manchester falls to 2-5.

Coach Steve Spirk knows the importance of going into the Ohio Athletic with momentum.

“We’ve had a really good last two weeks,” he said about the streak. “We played some tough teams and won some good games. We’ve been talking about getting ready for the OAC since the start of the season.”

The Fightin’s Quakers host Marietta College Saturday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

WC Sports Info. Dept.

Stockton named OAC POW

AUSTINTOWN – The Ohio Athletic Conference has named Wilmington College senior Ashley Stockton as its women’s soccer Player of the Week.

“Ashley is having a very strong senior year and she continues to work hard for the team,” said Wilmington head coach Steve Spirk.

Stockton (Waynesville, OH/Waynesville) scored the game-winning goal in both of Wilmington’s wins this past week. She scored on a penalty kick with 32 seconds remaining to lift the Fightin’ Quakers to a 3-2 win over Ohio Wesleyan Wednesday.

She added the only goal, a marker in the 72nd minute, in Wilmington’s 1-0 win over Manchester.

Wilmington (6-3 overall), riding a four-match winning streak, opens Ohio Athletic Conference action 7 p.m. Saturday, hosting Marietta, in the team’s JennaStrong game. Fans are encouraged to wear purple for WC’s Epilepsy Awareness day.

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